After receiving a ton of requests from many people and by heightened popular demand, the Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones and Spacer Set are now made from hardened and wear-resistant stainless steel; so….
NO MORE GROOVED AND WORN-OUT CONES OR CHEWED-UP PLASTIC BEARING BALLS!
Yet another big improvement over the softer folding cones made out of a light-brown plastic called “phenolic”, these new universal stabilizer folding cones are machined from wear-resistant hardened stainless steel, eliminating the need to purchase additional sets of folding cones in the future due to eventual wear-and-tear!
* You can watch me as I fully fold a Morgan Silver Dollar using these new cones with NO damage to any of the coins’ inner detail by clicking on the link below:
* REMEMBER: MAKE SURE TO WRAP EACH FOLDING CONE WITH TEFLON PIPE THREAD TAPE PRIOR TO USE! *
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*Before folding your coin, you simply wrap each stainless steel folding cone with Teflon® pipe thread tape to completely protect your coin rings’ inner detail. (See the photo below for an example of a fully folded-over Morgan Silver Dollar made with these new cones showing the teflon tape protecting all of the inner detail by the impression left against the tape.)
* To use these Folding Cones, simply set the coin level into your reduction die, insert an appropriate size folding cone, (wrapped in pipe thread seal tape) into the center-punched hole, and then begin to press the coin down into the die, (as shown below):
These stainless steel stabilizer folding cones are a more effective and efficient option than using the delrin bearing balls, metal bearing balls, or even the softer phenolic (light brown-colored) folding cones. Their design allows them to do a much better job of keeping the coin level as it’s being folded over into your reduction dies when using either a Ring Sizer Machine, an Arbor Press, or a Hydraulic Press.
There are 4 different sized Folding Cones and 1 Spacer included in the Set:
* The 3/8” size folding cone is used in folding over quarter-sized coins, half dollar-sized coins, and American Silver Eagle-sized coins. For example, this is the first cone that you would use when beginning to fold a Silver Eagle-sized coin that has a 5/8” inch (15.8mm) center hole punched into it; as well as a US Quarter-sized coin with a 3/8” inch (9.5mm) hole, or a 7/16” inch (11mm) sized center hole punched into it.
*The 1/2″ size folding cone is used in folding over Half Dollar, Dollar, and American Silver Eagle-sized coins. This is the first cone that you would use when beginning to fold a Half Dollar-sized coin over with a 7/16” (11mm) hole in the center.
*The 5/8” size folding cone is also used in folding Half Dollar, Dollar, and American Silver Eagle-sized coins over. This is the final size cone that you would use to finish a Half Dollar-sized coin.
*The 3/4″ size folding cone is used in folding Dollar and American silver Eagle-sized coins. This is the final cone to use when finishing a Morgan Dollar sized coin and also the last cone to use (with the larger-sized flat spacer provided) when you’re finished folding an American Silver Eagle-sized coin.
* The spacer included helps to provide a longer reach of the ram as it’s needed to push the folding cones further down into the coin when the extra room is needed.
* * * ADDITIONAL TIPS * * *
1.) You should still bevel (ROUND OUT) the sharp edges of the hole in your coin BEFORE using these new folding cones, just to make sure that there are no micro tears present that can cause your coin to split during the forging process. (This is best accomplished with a deburring tool that can be purchased online.)
2.) I like to teflon wrap from the larger diameter end of the folding cone to the smaller diameter end about 3 to 4 times around, making sure to wrap evenly and to overlap at least half the width of the previous tapes’ wrap.
3.) I still like to do my first initial press (fold) with the improved Stainless Steel Starter Cone. This is necessary if you have the Set of my “Stabilizer” Reduction Dies. The reason being is that many ring sizer machines such as the “Durston” model have a very low clearance underneath the ram head; and the starter cone allows room for the initial first fold. You can then use the stainless steel folding cones to complete the folding process.
4.) Make sure to anneal (heat & quench) the coin often to keep the metal in a softer state when using the folding cones; as this will make the entire folding process go smoother with less effort.
These new Stainless Steel folding cones also work great with the “Stabilizer” Reduction Dies, as you end up having double the stability of both the design of the die itself as well as the folding cone when folding over any US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle!
*** NOTE ***
It’s not important to memorize which particular size folding cone fits into the center hole in the coin you are about to begin folding over. Instead, you want to pick the folding cone that fits into your coin’s center hole, that will allow you to fold the coin down; as well as fit under the ram head of your ring sizing machine, arbor press, or hydraulic press.
As you continue to fold your coin down into the universal reduction dies, you simply switch to a SMALLER diameter-sized reduction die and a LARGER-sized cone (and the spacer provided if needed) to finish the coin’s folding-over process.