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  • n. A metal punch or shaping tool with a round shank, designed to fit in a pritchel hole in an anvil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tool employed by blacksmiths for punching or enlarging the nail holes in a horseshoe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In farriery, a punch employed for making or enlarging the nailholes in a horseshoe, or for temporary insertion into a nail-hole to form a means of handling the shoe.
  • n. An iron share fixed to a thick staff, used for making holes in the ground.


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  • Forge work includes making a forepunch, pritchel, rolled toe shoe, toe clip shoe, keg shoe, and egg bar, and working aluminum.

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  • A tool in the farrier's armoury: "A driven tool with a tapered, rectangular shaft which is used to punch, clean out, resize, or repitch nail holes in horseshoes. When punching a new nail hole, the pritchel is used only to punch through the bottom of the hole made by the forepunch and/or creaser or fuller. The pritchel should be used when steel horseshoes are at dull red or black heat." -- New Dictionary of Farrier Terms and Technical Language, published by Dave Millwater (There's a lot more there, if anyone else is curious.)

    December 28, 2008