The American Blacksmith

Trip Hammers and Power Forging Hammers.

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Trip Hammers

Bradley Helve Hammer

Trip Hammer Little Giant Trip Hammer

       Trip hammers and other power forging hammers played an important part in American blacksmithing. Perhaps the most common trip hammer seen today is the Little Giant Trip Hammer and is sought-after by the artist-blacksmith. There were many makers of power hammers and some of the hammers were real giants.


       While the information for this page is being organized, there is a very worthy book that covers the subject: Pounding Out the Profits; A Century of American Invention, “The Developement and Manufacture of Crank-actuated Open-die Power Forging Hammers” by Douglas Freund . See the book review on Anvilfire.com. The Kerrihard advertisement is from the cover of the book.