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Maison de l'Outil Collection - Mousehole File Maker's Anvil

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Mousehole Forge File Maker's Anvil

This English anvil is in the file and raspmakers section. Its a mousehole anvil, about 130 by 700 by 200 mm (guestimate), 2.2.8 (288 lbs) is marked in the front.

The tools to the left are for forging fine shaped files.

Photos by Stefaan Meeus, Digital processing and Drawings by Jock Dempsey

File Cutters Chisel

A File Cutters' chisel is very short, just big enough to grip between thumb and forefinger. About 2 to 2.5" (48 to 64 mm) long is typical. The width varies as needed from 1" to 2" (24 - 50 mm). The angle of the edge is critical controlling both the shape of the tooth and distance between teeth.


File Cutters Anvil



File Cutters anvil detail
Typical file cutter's anvil with lead block, hammer and chisel.

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