Material. Mild steel, 8 mm in diameter, 176 mm long.
Additional tools. No special tools are needed.
Make sure that tongs fit well on the metal. Tongs with a small groove in one or both bits are best (Fig. 41).
Take a short near-welding heat on one end and forge to a square point. Repeat on the other end (Fig. 42). Heat the centre and bend as shown in Figs 43, 44 and 45. When bending the work, care should be taken not to mark or deform the round-sectioned metal. Blows should land off centre of the beak (Figs 43 and 44). If after bending the sides of the staple are not straight, they can be corrected (Figs 46 and 47).