I have a question that is not about woodworking, but many of
you are tool folks, and so, I thought to give it a try...
A traditional cobbler's hammer (often called a Crispin
pattern hammer) has a round face (for striking) and on the
opposite side of the head a flat curved part that is of
tapering rectangular cross section.
(That part is rather like the claw of a framer's hammer, but
with what would be the two legs of the claw together as one
On some of these, that curved section does not drop very far
at all and so its narrow end could be used for striking.
But, on some of these hammers, that curved section droops
down so far that it is parallel to the handle.
In that form of the design, it cannot be used to strike
What then is its purpose?
You can see the shape I am describing on the left here:
Thanks in advance,
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