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How to prepare your anvil

May 17, 2022 1 min read

How to prepare your Anvil

Our Master Saddler Geoff has a passion for making knives and other metal objects both useful and sometimes not so useful! To do this he has a small forge and of course a couple of anvils. Here's a bit of advice to help you set up your anvil the correct way.

To ensure long, trouble free use of your anvil I suggest you take half an hour to properly dress the edges before use.  Section between A. and B. is where most bending operations are started and where most “drawing out” or tapering is done.  This section should be rounded off to a radius of approx 10mm.  The area between B. & C. and D. & E. should be rounded to approx 6mm radius.  The tapered heel of the anvil (between C. & E.) should be well round as well.  By grinding these edges off as described you will greatly reduce the possibility of chipping the edges of the anvil as well as reducing nicking the edges of horseshoes or other items being worked.

We do stock Anvils at The Top Saddlery along with a range of farrier tools. Not all tools are available to purchase online. Here's where you will find them.

If you'd like to share your passion for forging knives, don't hesitate to drop me a line - Geoff Newton


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