The metal is then put back into the fire for more heating. Once it comes out a second time, it is pounded from the top down to create a taper. This allows the stake to go into the ground with ease. It is not pounded to perfect right angles, however. Small, perfect imperfections are forged along the entirety of the stake, making sure it grips the dirt well.
After this is accomplished, Paul flips around his heavy hammer to the backside. This side has an edge, like a traditional hammer, that can be used to make ridges in the iron. A series of ridges is pounded into each stake. “We found that this allows for more grip than just the standard stake,” said Webster, referring to how the stake grips the dirt.