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TechnicusJoe

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    Becoming the best smith I can be.

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    In the Netherlands
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    I'm 17 years
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    Blacksmithing, casting metal, making things out og wood and model live steam engines
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    Still in high school

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  1. Simply put. There is NOT a single anvil in the world that will not chip. All brands will chip. Some very soon, other, usually higher quality ones will chip much later in time. The main causes for chipping is improper edge dressing of the anvil, improper edge dressing of the hammer, smith hitting the edge, striker hitting the edge. The biggest culprits are smiths themselves (accidently) hitting the edge, causing a small piece to break off. This can happen during operations around any edge.
  2. They are called a "round hole" in the various languages. What you describe is a problem with cheaper anvils often but as well with some higher quality brands. They make "anvils" or rather, anvil shaped objects. But they have not at all studied anvils and what will benefit a design. If they knew what a round hole is often used for and can be used for, they would never have placed it in such an awkward location. Anvils were made with functionality in mind and the various blacksmithing techniques were considered. That is however not always the case anymore unfortunately.
  3. A pritchel hole is a hole for a pritchel, which is a tool used by farriers to size the holes in horseshoes. This hole is located near the hardie hole and small (in most cases). Studying German and other European anvils, the round hole is not layed out in the same location, nor does it even have the same name, nor the same specific function as the pritchel hole on a London Pattern anvil. The round hole is not made square to save costs. And often the round hole is seen as a round "hardie" hole and used so. Calling every round hole a pritchel hole is like calling a straight peen hammer a cross peen hammer, "cuz it's got a peen and flat face". They have similarities, but are definitely not the same. Just like not every round hole in anvil face is a pritchle hole, despite similarities.
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