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The Anvil

An Anvil must be solid and stable to provide a good place to strike hot metal. It should be as hard and heavy as possible to absorbe blows, and should be firmly fastened to a support rooted to the ground to prevent shifting. Your anvil will probably be the most expensive single object in your shop, but they never wear out. The money you put into your anvil should be concidered an investment. A good one is worth the money you pay for it.

The form of the anvil has been refined over hundreds of years of use. Every part has a purpose and is there for a reason. There are many types of anvils but the "London Pattern" the most common and is the one most people picture when they hear the word anvil.

The Face is the hardened steel work surface of the anvil. This is where most of the work is done.

The Table is a flat area of unhardened metal between the Face and the Horn. it is used with a chisel to prevent damage of the chisel's edge, or marring of the smooth, polished surface of the Face.

The Pritchel Hole is a round hole in the anvil used when hot punching to allow a "slug" of hot metal fall through

The Hardy Hole is for holding anvil tools called hardys.

The Horn is for bending metal and shaping in tight places.

The Sholder the under side of the horn

The Waist is the narrrow part in the middel of the anvil.

The Heel is the square back side of the anvils face opposite of the horn.

The Body is the bulk of the anvil. It is made of unhardened iron or steel to help absorb the impacts on the anvil.

The Base is the bottom of the anvil.

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