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Grinding and sanding Rathole side shelf

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I kept looking at the side shelf on my Fontanini Rathole anvil and thinking that it could be useful in drawing out a hot-split fork tine, or animal horns, or odd branding iron shapes. But it would have to be reduced in thickness to better serve.

Today, a buddy and I unhitched my anvil and turned it over. We ground and sanded the side shelf/extension removing most of the material fron the edge area of the concaved bottom. We worked back from the end a little over one inch. We were "sharpening" the end which, when new, was about 5/16" thick. The edge was taken down sharp, a fairly acute angle. We turned it right side up and proceded to work with the small disc sander. One half the width was made to have a small 50º included angle. The other half was radiused, a scant 1/8".

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Haberman anvil.

I don't know what you mean by Habermann or Handyman. I guess Old World makes a Freddy Habermann pattern. You have a Fontanini (as if you didn't know), which I saw on your other thread. I have the little brother. Steve designed an "American horn" with a swell to it, not a straight cone. The upsetting block is on the near side, which is not too typical on German anvils. I saw one Austrian anvil like that. The church window aspect is nice, aesthetically speaking. I don't know if the 5th foot does much, but it is cute. My anvil is mounted in a box of sand, a method I saw in Otto Schmirler's "Werk und Werkzeug des Kunstschmieds." The anvil is fairly quiet in terms of ring, and it has good rebound.

I used a 250# Trenton for 45 years, a good anvil, and before that, a 158# Hey Bud.

Buena suerte with your Fontanini!

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