This is the tool used to make those nails bend-over when planking a canoe. Hold it on the inside while you tap the canoe nails through.
Bronze is certainly beautiful. It's also quite utilitarian. It doesn't rust, and it won't leave a dark mark on the wood like the iron version can. That's the primary draw to this clenching iron over the iron type.
A bit more expensive? Yes, but it might be worth it in the clean-up time saved.
Also known as a "bucking" or clenching iron. Actual weight is 3.14 lbs.
Cast in Maine.
Bronze Clinching Iron
I received my new bronze clinching iron, and I’m sure it’s going to work like it should. The quality of the finish is less than I expected for what I paid for it. The body of the iron looks like it hasn’t seen more than an 80 grit sanding, and the edges are all sharp such that it does not feel good in my hand, and I have working man’s hands.
I’ll spend some time going through the grits and softening the edges and it will feel so much better. Will it work better? Probably not, but a clinching iron is at least 40% hand feel and this one as delivered fails that test.
Thanks for the comments. This is indeed a tool that you can spend some of your time refining... sanding and buffing would make it prettier. This is made in the US, at a foundry in Maine.. The handwork time to bring this up to a smoother finish after casting would likely put it out of the price range for most folks, or drive it to be mfg overseas. -Scot