FRETZ PRECISIONSMITH HAMMER - CHASING
Chasing hammers are used to form basic shapes shapes in metal without thinning the metal. The hammers are rounded on the edges and highly polished. The hammer faces are also curved. They have become one of the most commonly used hammers at the workbench today.
The Fretz Precisionsmith Chasing Hammer is small and very lightweight. It is only 8-1/2" long compared to the 9-1/2" of the standard Fretz Chasing hammer. The piston grip handle is just 1" x 3/4" at its widest. It weighs a mere 75 grams. Your delicate work will love this hammer.
The head of the Fretz Chasing Hammer has been hardened to 50Rc; important since chasing requires blows of hammer against chasing tool. Other hammers are design only for hammer against metal. Unfortunately the polished face of the Fretz Chasing Hammer may become marred during normal use. This will in no way affect its performance while chasing. Should you wish to keep the head in excellent shape for other purposes, please avoid using it in conjunction with chasing tools.
Fretz model: HMR-417
Head length: 52mm (2")
Face sizes: 21.5mm and 9mm in diameter
Overall hammer length: 216mm (8-1/2")
Small, delicate, almost cute. Fretz precision hammers are scaled-down versions of the popular forming hammers from renowned silversmith Bill Fretz. Though there are small in size, that are definitely not small in performance. You can now achieve precision and finesse you need for fine wire and bezel.
Fretz Silversmith’s Hammers are unlike any hammers you have ever seen or held before. Only when a Fretz hammer is in your hand, can you fully appreciate or even believe the exquisiteness. With a Fretz hammer, form not only meets function, it meets beauty as well.
Master Silversmith Bill Fretz has designed hammers that are perfect for each step of the forming process; planishing, raising, embossing, riveting, forging. Each hammer has a similar feel making it easy to switch from one to another. Be careful though, once you have a Fretz hammer in your hand, you won’t want to put it down.