In flintworking a punch is generally a wooden or bone rod that directs the force applied to the top of the punch with a hammer to the desired point on the flint core in a very controlled way. In metalworking various types of punch are used. In cold working punches are mainly used to mark metal either in setting out designs or for the creation of decoration. In hot working a punch is generally a metal tool, round in cross‐section and longitudinally tapered, which is used to make or enlarge holes in heated bars or sheets during forging.
Subjects: Archaeology — Art.