An anvil is a basic tool, in the simplest terms it is a block with a hard surface on which another object is struck. The inertia of the anvil allows the energy of the striking tool to be transferred to the work piece.

Anvil Tool

An anvil is a basic tool, in the simplest terms it is a block with a hard surface on which another object…

The study experimented with the processing of nuts, and the first step in the process was, of course, cracking the nuts. To do this nuts were placed, one at a time, on stone or an anvil stone and then struck with a smaller hammer stone. As nuts were cracked in this manner a pit developed in the lower stone; the pit deepened as additional nuts were cracked, and this facilitated the cracking process since nuts were held rather stationary in this seat.

Nut Cracking Anvil

The study experimented with the processing of nuts, and the first step in the process was, of course,…

"1, malleus, or hammer; 2, incus, or anvil; 3, stapes, or stirrup." — Blaisedell, 1904

Bones of the Ear

"1, malleus, or hammer; 2, incus, or anvil; 3, stapes, or stirrup." — Blaisedell, 1904

God of Fire

Hephaistus

God of Fire

Micrometer

Micrometer

Micrometer

A saw-set is an "instrument used to wrest or turn the teeth of saws alternately to the right left so that they may make a kerf somewhat wider than the thickness of the blade. Also called saw-wrest. b. anvil used for setting saws in saw-factories, the setting being performed by blows of the peculiarly shaped hammer; a. Every second tooth is set in one direction, and, the saw-blade being turned over, the intervening teeth are set in the reverse direction; c and d are notched levers by which in ordinary setting the alternate teeth are set in opposite directions." —Whitney, 1889

Collection of Saw-Sets

A saw-set is an "instrument used to wrest or turn the teeth of saws alternately to the right left so…

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

Scissors Manufacturing

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

A combination vise, anvil, and drill tool.

Combination Tool

A combination vise, anvil, and drill tool.

Roman god of fire

Vulcan

Roman god of fire

Roman god of fire

Vulcan

Roman god of fire

Roman god of fire

Vulcan

Roman god of fire