Stable blocks, blocks or blocks
For many blacksmiths with smaller workpieces, a "real" anvil does not necessarily have to be available. Hard burl wood and metal-clad blocks, blocks or blocks meet the requirements, for example, to bend sheets or to form precious metals. If the workpieces come into direct contact with the surface, metallic surfaces are recommended.
Only break-resistant materials can be considered as a substitute for an anvil. Therefore, stone and concrete components are excluded, unless they are reinforced by metallic cladding. Only hard metals such as steels or pure iron are suitable, the hammer blows and sharp-edged workpieces can withstand damage.
In the alternative to the common anvil shapes, the replacement usually has at least a right-angled edge on which workpieces can be bent and folded. Here are often provided with a steel or iron plate on the top provided square or rectangular carrier. For practically usable forming edges, the metal must be flush with the vertical side of the carrier at least on one side.
Every time an anvil is replaced, it must be checked whether it can withstand the vibrations caused by hammer blows and tear-proof. The surfaces must also have a suitable hardness so that no dents, notches and holes are created during use.
When the weight of the blocks, blocks or blocks is low, greater attention must be paid to the substructure. Wood bodies must be securely fixed in such a way that they remain in place even with punctual and high force impacts slip-free and judder-free. Fixations must act in all possible directions of movement of the work document.
Tips & TricksFor specific work applications, you will find excellent basic tools in the tool trade as an anvil replacement. For example, they are offered for riveting in special forms. Even with sometimes very small counter bearings for riveting and punching pliers and punching is spoken of spare anvils.