swage block

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an iron block cut with holes and grooves to assist in cold working metal

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The head was then reheated and the cold end of the bar was passed through a suitable hole in a swage block, or through a heading tool, where the upset end was hammered down against the block to form the flat underside of the head.
The ring is then cut from the bar by a diagonal cut as shown by the dotted line, slipped over one end of the rod, welded into place and shaped by using a heading tool and a swage block.
After the strip of iron is marked in squares, it is heated and placed over a suitable hole in an anvil, bolster or swage block. To make the hole, a punch like the one illustrated is used.