Bridge City Tools dead-blow mallet
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Dead-Blow Mallet

Bridge City Tool Works' brass and rosewood mallet is used to tap chisels when making deep cuts. The hollow head is filled with lead shot, which transfers all the force to the struck object with no recoil. It's described by the maker as possessing "seductive pulchritude."

TOH Tip: Fine tool makers often use brass, which won't corrode. It will tarnish, though, so maintain the luster by rubbing on a coating of plain plastic wax.

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