I was wondering if anyone here might remember a company that made paper
mallets in the US. They're like a rawhide mallet but rolled with paper
and are used on soft metals where other materials could mark the metal.
My metalsmithing instructor said in the late 1970s that the last company
making them in the US closed as a result of an OSHA inspection and as
OSHA only came into being in 1971 that likely brings the company's
existence into the early to mid 1970s. He did speak as though it was a
recent event and knew the details. Apparently the owners of the company
felt the investment required to bring things up to the required safety
standards wasn't worth it for such a niche product and so closed it
down. As it's less than 50 years since the closure maybe someone has a
memory, I haven't found anything on the internet yet.
1 year ago