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Was This Set of Tools Made for Use on Anvils?

Tools for an Anvil 

Was this set of tools made for use on anvils? The flat piece with the square holes can be held in place on the anvil with the anvil tool through the 3/4-inch square opening into the square opening on the anvil. I have a 200-pound anvil with a 1-inch square opening. This will not fit on my anvil. I have tried this on a smaller anvil and it works. The flat piece is 1-1/2 inches wide, 12 inches long, 3/8-inch thick with seven square openings ranging from 3/4-inch to 3/8-inch and three round openings of 5/16-inch, 1/4-inch and 3/16-inch.

The name “Chas. I. Cline” is stamped onto the flat piece. The three vice-type holders fit into the square opening 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch and are very sturdy. The large one measures 8-1/2 inches long, the next one measures 9-1/2 inches long and the small one measures 4-1/2 inches long. The small one is clamped in the jaws of the other two. Maybe someone could shed some light on this set for me.

Eddie Spengler, Box 42, 530 Main St., New Liberty, IA 52765; (563) 843-2374

jess prater
6/26/2013 10:43:09 PM

The center top item is a blacksmith's anvil. The bottom center anvil is a hand anvil used by gunsmiths and watch repairmen.


jeremy davis
6/26/2013 9:59:57 PM

The square hole on your anvil is the hardie hole. It is used for holding tools. The vise on the right fits it. Anvilfire has a good explanation. http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/anvils/hardy_holes.php


fritz
6/26/2013 3:56:28 PM

The piece on the left with the square hole is a nail maker. Slightly wider at the top "snips" of hot metal are tapped through the piece. Allowed to cool and driven out from the bottom. Now you have a square nail!


art hursey
6/26/2013 2:45:42 PM

I'm not sure about the flat piece but from working at the Heller tool company the others are called hand vices. We used them to hold swiss files for hand filing and bending operations