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Prick Punch

 Prick Punch

  • A prick punch is primarily used during layout to place reference marks on metal because it produces a small indentation.
  •  After the layout is finished, the indentation is enlarged with a center punch to allow for drilling. 
  • The prick punch can also be used to transfer dimensions from a paper pattern directly onto the metal.
  • Take the following precautions when using a prick punch:
  •  Never strike a prick punch a heavy blow with a hammer because it could bend the punch or cause excessive damage to the item being worked.
  • Do not use a prick punch to remove objects from holes because the point of the punch spreads the object and causes it to bind even more.

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