Nancy Johnson has pointed out to me that many students are confused by which hammer to use with various tools in my enameling class. She suggested that I take pictures and so I did.
Disc Cutter with Brass Mallet. The reason for using a brass mallet is that it is softer than the disc punch, thus the end of the punch doesn’t get deformed.
Wooden Dapping Block with Raw Hide Mallet or Wooden Hammer. A weighted, dead blow mallet would also be good.Some use chasing hammer but with my tools shared by many, I prefer that students not use a steel hammer.
Steel Dapping Block with Steel Hammer, or brass hammer. You could also use a chasing hammer that is reserved for striking tools. Using your good chasing hammer could mar its surface.