Armouring Tools

  Special tools are required to build armour. Here, Iíll show a few of mine. As there are no flat surfaces, we need to hammer into or over forms. I generally do not use an blacksmith anvil to armour with. However, the anvil or a flat piece of steel is used to hammer the inside of a curved piece, or to help smooth out the bumps caused by dishing.

Dishing is accomplished by hammering with a rounded hammer into a dish. I like my bottomless doughnut, as I can go as deep as I wish. It works great on knees and elbows.

Special shapes allow me to flare, roll an edge, or make a flange. An example of an edged tool is a fluting stake. It will make creases in the metal by hammering the metal over the outside of the stake.


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