Watch This 333-Year-Old Hammer Pound Iron. There's Nothing More Metal Than This

Aug 24, 2015 By Hannah Austin
It looks like something from "Lord of the Rings" or "Game of Thrones," but this 333-year-old hammer is the real deal. It was built in 1682, in Finspang, Sweden, and is known as the Häfla Hammer. Although it may look medieval to us now, it was the latest and greatest technology of its time. Forging iron had relied on raw manpower since ancient Europeans began experimenting with alloys sometime prior to 1800 B.C. Finally, the process was becoming a bit more automated.

Today, iron is not produced on a mass scale, having been set aside for cheaper options, such as mild steel. There are few left who know the craft, and even fewer hammers like this one. In 1990 the Häfla Hammer was declared a historical monument, but the restoration process was slow-going. However, the hard work paid off - here it is in action for the first time in over a decade.
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