Pacioffis main tooling set made in about 6 evenings. Shown sitting on the Bridgeport milling machine table where most of the machining took place.
Tooling set-up in fly press with 1.5mm stainless steel pacioffi blank shown below. The blank was laser cut by a local company as that was far easier than cutting stainless steel blanks by hand.
The blank in position ready for forming.
Results of the first forming operation.
Tooling to form the tubular ends.
Each end is placed in the tooling and gently squeezed then rotated. This is repeated until the end is completely formed.
The result of the second forming operation.
Pacioffi blank ready for the loop to be bent. Black mark is the pacioffi centre and also just visible is the mark for the start of the bend.
The main work all done just waiting to be polished for appearances.
Fitted with graphite and cherry blades. I have yet to use the cherry ones but the graphite ones work well.
A new addition to the tool arsenal. Fitted with paper peg adaptors.
The paper peg adaptors support the pegs when wet. They have adjustable protrusion if the use of shorter pegs is desired. The pegs shown are 250mm in length.
The upper is the original length pacioffis, the lower the shorter variant I was asked to make. February 2014.