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Anvil for blacksmith

After a forge, the anvil is the next essential equipment needed for joining and framing metals into desired shapes. Household tools, metal furniture, railings, and wrought-iron gates are made on the surface of this sturdy equipment.

An anvil is a noticeable piece of equipment at a blacksmith's workplace due to its considerable size, weight, and shape. If not for any other feature, the three characteristic faces of the anvil wouldn't fail to miss your attention. Contemporary anvils are made of metals with stout metallurgical properties like steel. And despite the increased quality of metal used in their making, anvils are now cheaper and readily available. (read more about gas forge)

 

The Shape Of Anvils

The anvil has a rather peculiar shape than some other metalwork equipment of its stature, although a rather odd one. The protruding horn by the side of the equipment makes up a face of a typical blacksmith anvil. The step and the topmost flat surface on which works are beaten make up the remaining faces. All three faces serve to shape metal objects to the desired form.

The base of an anvil is made sturdy and heavy to withstand beatings during metalworks. Besides, the anvil is a metal block consisting of some additional metal parts joined to it. And although there might be slight variations to this traditional shape, the smooth topmost face, the protruding horn, and the tapered body easily make it identifiable as an anvil.

 

The Anatomy Of An Anvil

The anvil's topmost surface, widely known as the face, is smooth and straight. That's where the work is placed. And it is on this surface that most operations are performed. Blows directed at work placed on the anvil face are initially received at that surface before being distributed down to the base of the anvil. That's why it is made of pressure-resistant metal.

A pointed end of the anvil, shaped like a cone, is known as the horn. Its purpose is to shape metals into curves or round items. Horseshoes are bent to shape with this part of the anvil.

Being used for curve making, pressure received by this section of the anvil is minimal. Owing to this, manufacturers develop this section with less pressure-resistant metal.

Between the horn and the face of the anvil is a narrow surface known as the step. This smooth region is part of the anvil's face and is situated slightly above the horn. Although usually left unoperated on by some blacksmiths, others choose to utilize the peculiarity of its edges for cutting operations. Metals are kept on it and pieced by following the step's edge.

At the heel of the blacksmith anvil tools, the end directly opposite the horn at the top face of the anvil are two significant holes. The most conspicuous of the two is a square-shaped hole known as the Hardie hole. The wide hole is provisioned only to hold important anvil tools referred to as hardies. These tools complement the work performed using the anvil, as they are used to further shape metal works in shaping operations that the anvil can't perform. One such tool is the chisel.

 

A little distance from the Hardie hole is another hole, a smaller one known as the Pritchel Hole. The Pritchel hole is circular and facilitates the opening of round holes in works. A forging in which a hole is to be opened on is placed across the Pritchel hole. Because of the gap afforded by the hole, punching through the work is easy and likely harm to the anvil's surface is avoided.

 

The Different Types of Anvils

There are several types of anvils available in the market. These different varieties are possible due to the uses they are tailored to fulfill. We discuss the popular types of anvils below:

Jewelers Anvil

Jewelers use jewelers anvil primarily for shaping jewelry. They are usually made of forged steel strong enough to withstand the blows necessary to get your jewelry to the desired shape. However, they are relatively light, weighing only about an ounce. Jewelers Anvil usually has a square body with a less protruding horn.

Farrier Anvil

A farrier Anvil has weight concentrated on its horn and heel. Much of the base of this anvil is tapered to form a narrow mass referred to as the waist. The bottom base of the anvil below the waist is made less dense to offer reduced face rebound during horseshoe making.

Steel And Cast Iron Anvils

Cast iron and steel iron anvils are similar in shape; their difference is the metal used to make them. Cast iron anvil is the cheaper option of the two. The wrought iron-carbon chemistry used for its make ensures it absorbs shocks better. However, the anvil is usually brittle and unsuitable for blacksmithing. Hence, steel anvils are widely considered for blacksmithing. Steel or forging anvils are sturdy and effectively offer the rebound needed for appropriate blacksmithing.

 

How to Choose Your Anvil

Although a careless glance might suggest otherwise, anvils are not made of like characteristics. They are differentiated by the purpose and kind of work to which they are engaged. For instance, to ensure an appropriate blacksmith anvil is purchased, several factors should be considered.

One of such factors is the size and weight of the anvil. For hefty works, an anvil with vast size and significant weight is recommended. Besides, blacksmithing is much easier with an anvil with considerable weight.

The material which an anvil is made of determines the quality of such anvil. Under any circumstance, an anvil made of steel would serve a blacksmith better than another made of wrought or cast iron. This is due to the excellent metallurgical property of steel.

 

Conclusion

Anvils are indispensable to any blacksmith. They're typically the workbench on which most metal works are done. For good blacksmithing, an appropriate anvil needs to be used. Most often than not, the price of an anvil is reflective of its quality and stature. However, when using price tags in defining the quality of anvils, it is recommended that final purchase decisions only follow prior extensive research.

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