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Die Barber

Rough-finish stamping-die-member surfaces using abrasives and handtools.

What does a Die Barber do?

Rough-finishes stamping-die-member surfaces, using abrasives and abrading handtools: Lifts and positions die member on bench manually or with hoist. Brushes blue pigment on ridges and grooves left by milling operation. Grinds ridges down until only traces of pigment are visible at bottom of grooves. Uses variety of files, stones, and abrasive cloths and papers to shape and smooth die member. May repair punch and die sets, using bench lathe, portable grinder, and polisher, and abrasive handtools.