They are cast and then finished. Tin knockers, silver, gold, pewter smiths use them.
Originally Posted by RussZHC
They have some trade or job ones that have found new uses in the shop. They are candle mold makers stakes, There are to pieces ones that were used to form the downcomer pipe/tubes for gutters.
The two you have are general T stakes or two projection stakes. The one in the holder is called a general forming stake,or general anvil stake. The other one is also a general forming anvil. some times called a modified cow's tongue from the one end.
another style of stake holder, generally inserted into the bench. They have larger rectangular ones that have more sizes.
Here is a hard wood raising block. They should be smooth and polished and only used for forming sheet metals.
Never use for chisel work. They can be used for planishing or other decorative marking with the assortment of planishing hammers. Which also must be free of defects and highly polished.
On a side note, you still can buy them new, some are being made from acetal,derlin. Most jewelry suppliers will have a couple of different brands including some over priced ones sold as silver/goldsmithing stakes.
Like most legends in their own minds on the web, he is by far NOT the last stake maker But they sure do like you to think that.
Blatant thread hijack, but he did a fabulous video entitled "The Last Stake Maker":
There are more out there than you can count.
Here is a friend that is in the medieval reenactors community halberds tools You can see the wide variety that he has.
The taper shanks are designed so the don't lock themselves in the holders. With the longer shanks built into the stakes now. you can loosen them by wacking on the underside of stake.
You also can use them in a vise with the stem bottom resting on the arm of the vise jaw. Some have the shanks made so the can only be used in vises. like in the photo above the one of the 3 on the right side has two flats cut into the shank.
By the way those two you have go form $250. to about $300. each and under a $100. for the holders new.
Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
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