Anvil Top Forging Tools

  anvil hardie or hardy
Hardies or Hardy

anvil bottom swage or set tool
Bottom Round Swage

  The first anvil tool was the hardy or hardie, a small steel cutting tool with the edge facing upward. It fit into the small square hole made for it in the top of an anvil. Thus the square hole is called a "hardie hole. It is a common mistake to call all tools made to fit this hole "hardie tools". Their correct names are "bottom sets" or "anvil sets", anvil swages and shanked tools.

The original hardie hole was only about 1/2" (13mm) square to accept the small tool steel hardie. At the early time of this invention tool steel was very valuable so tools were kept small. Over time iron and steel became less expensive and the hardie hole grew with more substantial anvil tooling. On very large anvils the hardie hole grew to as much as 1-1/2" (37mm) or more. On modern anvils the hardie hole has been standardized to 1" (24.5mm) on most new anvils.
  Bickern, anvil bick or beak
Bickern or Beak Iron

anvil block tool
Anvil Block or Block Stake

  Early anvil tools included hardies, bottom swages and bickerns of various types. In the modern era (after 1950) the number of tools has grown to include lever fullers, spring fullers, guillotine tools, hold downs and many other tools of the blacksmiths imagination.

Artist blacksmiths, sculptors and other metal artists use specialized stake or shanked tools designed to mount on the anvil. Leaf dies, special swages, small cone mandrels and other tools are all made to fit the hardie hole.
  Half round bottom swage
Half Round Swage/Stake

Radius Swage/Stake

  V swage for squares and triangles.
V Swage/Stake

Inverse cone or conical swage
Conical Swage/Stake

  Farrier Horseshoer anvil devil tool
Farrier's Anvil Devils

Peddinghaus Forged Steel Anvils
Peddinghaus Anvils


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