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In addition, bases have been made from dimensional lumber bolted together to form a large block or steel drums full of oil-saturated sand to provide a damping effect.In recent times tripod bases of fabricated steel have become popular with some smiths.A hard anvil face also reduces the amount of force lost in each hammer blow.Hammers, tools, and work pieces of hardened steel should never directly strike the anvil face with full force, as they may damage it; this can result in chipping or deforming of the anvil face.An anvil is a metalworking tool consisting of a large block of metal (usually forged or cast steel), with a flattened top surface, upon which another object is struck (or "worked").Anvils are as massive as they are practical, because the higher their inertia, the more efficiently they cause the energy of striking tools to be transferred to the work piece.When concrete became widely available, there was a trend to make steel reinforced anvil bases by some smiths, though this practice has largely been abandoned.In more modern times many anvils have been placed upon bases fabricated from steel, often a short thick section of a large I-Beam.

The most common base traditionally was a hard wood log or large timber buried several feet into the floor of the forge shop floor.Inexpensive anvils have been made of cast iron and low quality steel, but are considered unsuitable for serious use as they deform and lack rebound when struck.Because anvils are very ancient tools and were at one time very commonplace, they have acquired symbolic meaning beyond their use as utilitarian objects.It requires being fastened firmly to the base, so it will not move when struck with a hammer.A loose anvil is extremely unsafe, as it can fall off the base and is an ineffective forging tool.

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