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‘Fullering’ is the first stage of drawing down a section of steel. ‘Drawing down’ means, reducing the section size / thinning the section. This is normally a two person job.
The tools for this process are called ‘fullers’ and they are normally used in pairs. The bottom fuller fits in the hardie hole of the anvil and the top fuller receives strikes from a sledge.
|1. The steel to be drawn down, is heated to red / yellow heat and the fullering process begins at the shoulder. The first strike is called ‘knecking in’.|
|2. Top and bottom fullers used to draw down the steel, producing a series of ‘dips’, as seen below.||3. High spots hammered flat with a blacksmith’s hammer.|
|FLATTING (SETTING DOWN)|
|QUICK DRAWING DOWN|
|Drawing down can be achieved by one person, using the edge of the anvil (see diagram A).
The beak of the anvil can also be used (see diagram B).
In both cases shown here, a Blacksmith’s hammer has been used.
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