Leather working tap-off hammers are specialized hammers often used in leather tooling work. They have wide, flat heads made of steel.
Tap-off patterns are decorative leather design templates that can be hammered, or “tapped” into a leather piece. Rather than stamping or engraving similar designs by hand over and over, they can be made into a tap-off pattern.
Once this pattern is made, it can be laid onto a prepared leather surface, and then hammered across its surface to imprint that tap-off design into the leather below it. Since the entire surface is being hammered, a hammer with a wide, flat surface works great here. Thus, tap-off hammers are a great choice for tap-off work. As an alternative, shoemaker’s hammers can be used for tap-off work as well.