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Published on Jun 7, 2011
The anvil was made in the Wilhelm Holthaus Anvil factory in Dahlerbrueck Westphalia Germany in 1885. After 125 years, 2 World Wars, and unbelievable punishment the anvil is still beautiful and rings like a bell.
Rough forging the tong jaws required heavy striking with the sledge hammer. Although the anvil was set up temporaily it did not flinch. The helper who did some holding and most of the striking was inexperienced, but a great sport anyway.
Despite the inexperience factor (first time for the helper), the first upsetting sequence is a good illustration of what we consider good form for upsett striking: snappy blows from a calm upright stance with both hands on the same side .