A premium quality, traditional ,"short", narrow anvil, made by the Picard Company of Germany. It weighs 500 grams, has a hardness of 50-58 HRC, and has a medium or normal radius. The tapered spike is for mounting the anvil into a pre-drilled hole in a hardwood stump.The anvil face is polished to a mirror finish. - $40.00
New for 2014! 1SR Peening Roll-Guide for Short, Narrow Anvils
New for 2014. A peening guide for the Picard narrow anvil. I had these made at my local machine shop. Made in the USA, with foreign and domestic parts. So it's not cheap. The guide is screwed down on your peening block, with just one screw. You tighten the screw just firm enough to make the guide stay put when peening, but just loose enough so that you can tap the aluminum bar with your hammer, to quickly adjust it, forwards or backwards, a hair or two, as needed. Tapping on the aluminum won't mar your peening hammer, and the nylon rollers won't dull your edge. The nylon rollers roll so smooth and true, you can't even feel them turning. If the line that the edge makes on the top 1" roller, ever gets too deep, you can unscrew the cap nut, and flip it over. If that one wears out, you can move it to the bottom, and bring the fresh one on the bottom, up to the top. This guide will help you peen a more consistent line, and will help ease the strain on your fingers from having to hold the blade so tight. For more info see my blog. -$27.50
The finished cutting edge, peened with Picard narrow anvil and hammer, and with the new 1SR Adjustable Peening Guide.
Picard Wide Anvil
A premium wide anvil, made by the Picard Company of Germany. Beautifully shaped. Exceptionally hard. 500g. For "Old School" Austrian-style peening, where the blade is placed right-side-up on the wide anvil, and the edge is peened from the top with a cross-peen hammer. Wide anvils are also occasionally needed by narrow anvil owners when they need to repair a small crack in their blade. See page 158 of The Scythe Book. To repair small cracks in your blade, you need a wide anvil like this, and a true scythe hammer with a cross-peen side. - $40.00
Austrian Wide Anvil
A heavy duty wide anvil. 588g. It has a 3 inch long spike. More domed than the Picard wide anvil above. The sloped sides at the base, don't give you a ledge to pry the anvil back out of the stump with. Once it's in the peening stump, it's hard to get back out. Made in Austria. Unpoilished - $30
Rinaldi 705 Tall Anvil
A 7 1/4 inch tall, narrow anvil, with a 2 inch spike. 766g.
Excellent hardness. Even harder than the Picard anvils! Tall anvils are nicest when used on a stump or log big enough for you to sit on as well. The height extends the anvil face up above the top of your thighs. You can then easily support either end of the blade with the tops of your thighs, and the weight of your body helps keep the whole block still. But they can also be used on a smaller wooden stump separate from your seat, like a short anvil. The advantage is you can use a shorter log, and you don't have to notch out one side of the log to make room for the tang of the blade. - $40
Rinaldi 701 Field Anvil
Rinaldi 701 Field Anvil. Italy. Length: 40cm (15.5 inches), Weight: 1263g ( 2# 13oz.) Traditionally field anvils were carried to remote fields, when mowing all day. They were stuck in the ground, during the noon lunch break, and the blades were touched up and peened for the afternoon mowing session. You sit on the ground (it's more comfortable on a slope) with your legs stretched out. You support the blade with one leg or the other, as you are peening. Some scythers prefer peening with a field anvil all the the time. There is no rebound whatsoever with a field anvil stuck in the dirt. The dirt absorbs too much of the blow, so some of the subtler hammering techniques are not possible, and peening may take a little longer. But it beats lugging a peening stump with you to a remote meadow. This anvil has a small platform, so that you can hit it with the side of your hammer to drive the spike into the ground. Don't drive the anvil into the ground by hammering the anvil face with a hammer. You see a lot of antique field anvils (without such ledges), with mushroomed faces on top, because somebody hammered them into the ground, by hammering the anvil face with their peening hammer! Don't do that! Use the ledge, and the side of your hammer. However, I found that It was much easier to drive into the ground by pounding the anvil on top with my white oak "persuader", which I shaved with a drawknife from a pice of split firewood. The ledge can also be used as a finger rest. Instead of a long tapered square spike, as most field anvils that I have seen, this Rinaldi field anvil has a wide, weed-knife like blade, which is easy to drive into the ground, yet gives great directional stability for the drawing hammer strike. The anvil face is unfinished. It is flat with sharp edges. (Not ready for peening!) You have to file off the sharp edges and give the top a bit of radius (i.e. round off the top, just a little.), then polish with some wet/dry sandpaper. But that's not hard to do, and then you got yourself a very nice field anvil! $55
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The New Schroeckenfux Schlagdengelapparat, a.k.a. "Peening Jig"
New! I haven't recommended peening jigs before, because they ruin the nice triple-peened edges. This peening jig has a new and improved cap design, that maintains the structural integrity of the peened edge, instead of creating that awful, huge, drop-off ledge some peening jigs out there make. This one makes two mini-steps, close together. This makes for a less vulnerable edge, and an easier one to peen out, if you ever want to move up to freehand peening. The caps fit exactly, and are well greased, which has the interesting effect of creating an air-lock. The air trapped inside at the top of the cap, gets compressed with each hammer strike, and instantly rebounds after the strike. The decompressing air lifts the cap back up. This makes it very easy to steadily guide the blade along the post. It's the first time I've ever enjoyed using a peening jig. If freehand peening is too intimidating for you, or because you did "research" on the web, or you have no real experience with using a hammer other than hanging pictures, then this is the peening jig for you. A 16oz hammer is recommended. It can be an ordinary carpenter hammer. - $85 out of stock, but can be ordered from the Marugg Company.
The finished cutting edge peened with FUX peening jig.
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