The Harbor Freight (Dapping) Doming Block and Punch Set

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I wrote up a mini review of the Harbor Freight set:

The conclusion? Better than not having a set, but definitely needs some TLC to get it up to the level of a better set. The dies and punches are not well finished and have dings, blemishes, flat spots, etc.

Just figures those of you considering buying one would like a close up look.

The punches are covered in what is likely a highly toxic red oil.

Yes, its always my suspicion that Harbor Freight is actually just a vehicle for dumping used motor oil…

I did manage to clean the set off without getting any on my hands at all!

Ive purchased different sets from Metalliferous, Rio Grande and Otto Frei and they all have an oil on them. Its to prevent rusting while sitting in their warehouses. I mostly see a brown/black sludge though…not red. ick lol

Im impressed! When I got my steel block the oil was oozing everywhere – even on the packaging (Im surprised the USPS didnt open it!) Needless to say I wasnt so lucky – next time Im wearing gloves :p

I got the same block you did but mine seems to be in slightly better shape. Too bad you cant see in the box. Anyway, Im happy with it. Its been working pretty well for me.

Hi all. I think that sticky stuff is called casmoline. It is used to package steel tools so that they dont rust. I bought a rolling mill in 1990 and it still has some of the stuff on it. I use that mill a lot and it has never had any rust on it. Now it is true, that I havent used the wire rollers that much, but the casmoline keeps doing its job. Have to watch the tools from Harbor Freight. They can a piece of junk.

I was expecting cosmolene, but the dapping set was just coated in relatively thin oil. It is easier to clean off oil that the sticky cosmolene they ship import tools in – sometimes you have to get out a puttyknife and a bucket of solvent to get them clean!

Thanks. I look at this every time I go into a Harbor Freight.

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