I use this block for stamping or for wire hammering, chasing and many other uses too. Qaulity made by Eurotool, this steel block is hardened then carefully drawn and polished. I also stock the 2.5 square block. I also have the combination steel/wood blocks. Don't forget the rubber block and sand bag too (yes I have them). The sand bag will deaden the noise and vibration, your hubby and childern will thank you! They come in square and round. Weighs 3 pounds, 2 ounces is over 3/4 inch high. Lots of room to work.