from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An iron rod on which molten glass is handled when being shaped and worked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as pontil.
  • noun An oval or circular dot or depression: a kind of ornamentation employed in glass-cutting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Glass Making) See pontee.

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  • noun glassblowing A metal rod used in the glassblowing process. After a glass vessel has been blown to approximate size and the bottom of the piece has been finalized, the rod, which is tipped with a wad of hot glass, is attached to the bottom of the vessel to hold it while the top is finalized. It often leaves an irregular or ring-shaped scar on the base when removed called the "pontil mark".


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from French pontil; see pontil.]

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1662, from French pontil, from Italian pontello or puntello, dim. of punto, from Latin punctum ("a point")


  • Hickory, twirling colour into a glowing paperweight on the end of a slender five-foot-long steel rod called a punty iron, looked extremely relieved at my return from the races.


  • A punty - a steel rod with a small glass blob - aids the production.

    Kitengela Glass Produces Art Outside Nairobi National Park

  • She turned again and again and finally began to tire enough with her blurring eyes for Worthington and Jim to reach my side and for Catherine to come up behind us, and for the four of us to grab Rose at high speed and immobilise her still slashing punty iron arm.


  • Hickory finished his paperweight, spinning the punty iron down by his feet to cool the glass, being careful not to scorch his new bright trainers.


  • The carefree but complaining tone I used nonplussed Rose into lowering the tip of the punty iron for the moment.


  • In Rose's hands a punty iron tipped with semi liquid glass had been literally a lethal weapon, and it had seemed to me that as it was me she was after, however weird and mistaken her beliefs, it was I who ought to stop her.


  • I held two punty irons with difficulty and transferred enough glass from one to the other to attach and shape a mane, but it hadn't the elegance necessary for Cheltenham.


  • Hurting and helpless, he was in no immediate danger from Rose who chose to advance on me, holding the silvery black five-foot long punty iron loaded ready to strike if I didn't dodge fast enough.


  • Having pulled out one of the punty irons that I'd put to heat beside the active part of the furnace, Rose thrust it into the crucible - the tank - holding now white-hot glass, and drew it out, a reasonably sized gather, revolving it just speedily enough for it not to fall off onto the floor.


  • Rose stopped smiling, loaded her punty iron with a white hot golf-ball sized end of glass and held it close to Hickory.



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  • (n.) Hot glass or gathering that is placed on the receiving pipe for transferring glasswork that is currently connected to the blowpipe. The technique is used to change the end of the glass that is being worked.

    August 6, 2009

  • Also see pontil.

    August 6, 2009