It actually depends a lot on the work you do - and that's one reason
folks end up with more than one anvil at more than one height. Leave it
easily adjustable until you've figured out what works best for you and
your usual work.
Yep. And what most people don't realize is the knuckle height advice that
is passed along is for an anvil that will be used with strikers. As in
people using what looks like a sledge hammer with about a 3' handle on it.
Set it for that height and use a normal 2 or 3 pound hammer and you are
going to be hunched over your anvil. Not good for your back.
I set my anvil so my hammer face is parallel to the anvil face with my
elbow directly below my shoulder and my forearm about parallel to the
ground. My back is straight. This way I hit with the most power without
pulling my body out of line or having to bend over.
I've never hit an anvil, but your description sounds like it would be pretty
accurate to me. I have noticed, however, in old videos of men working with
anvils, particularly farriers, that they have a slight bend in their backs,
raising up with a straight back to cock the hammer, then after coming down
and striking the metal, there is just a very slight forward curve. I'd look
at some old pictures, or videos. I'd also make the height adjustable,
because I don't believe one size fits all if one is going to be doing many
different things on the anvil.
My $.02 for free, and well worth it.
I've never used one before either, but my first thought is to mount
the anvil as solidly as possible at the highest height you might need
it and maybe use a stackable/adjustable platform to stand on. But of
course if you're doing something where you're walking back and forth
to the anvil a lot that could be annoying.
"Todd Rich" wrote: (clip) I set my anvil so my hammer face is parallel to
the anvil face with my
This is logical, but it leaves out the thickness of the work and/or the
height of any anvil inserts. I have used anvils a lot, and I don't think
it's all that critical. A few inches one way or the other probably make
little difference. If it did, carpenters wouldn't be able to drive nails
where and how they do.
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