This tool is very handy for bending, straightening and adjusting the profile of knife blades etc., without the risk of denting or dinging the piece as with a steel hammer. It is normally used in conjunction with a wooden anvil, but may also be used with a steel anvil in some instances. Some of the keys to a good shwocker are weight, length, balance, grip and a bit of give/recoil for a good solid dead blow, or “shwock“.
This example was turned from ½ of an ash baseball bat billet, which is just about perfect,… 18 inches long and about 2-¾ inches in diameter. The ash was ebonized just for looks, so that the char marks wouldn’t show as much.