Hand Tools Archive
Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
I like round mallets but I don't have a lathe.
I am curious why you - and anyone else - prefers a round-headed mallet?
In my opinion - respecting that this is a personal preference - round mallets introduce the risk of a glancing blow, which can be damaging.
A straight face, on the other hand, presents less risk. Plus it focusses the force and one might use a smaller, lighter mallet more effectively.
Regards from Perth