Practical Blacksmithing and Metalworking
In an established permanent blacksmith's shop, the support is a ... A swage block
is not essential for all blacksmithing, but it is convenient to have one when curves
have to be made to exact sizes or many parts have to be made to match.
This swage block is a block of cast steel that has many different depressions on
all six sides. The two faces have concave round and oval shapes ranging in size
and depth. The edges have grooves varying in width and depth. The swage block