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Sparrowhawk


#1

Was: Bezel forming

One of the most useful tools in goldsmith toolbox is sparrow-hawk
anvil. 

Ok, I have heard of a sparrowhawk before, but have never been quite
sure what they are – size, configuration, etc. Could you, or
someone, provide a description of a sparrowhawk? A picture would be
nice.

What I have thought a sparrowhawk might be is listed in any of
several jewelry tool catalogs. For example, is a sparrowhawk like an
Otto Frei part number 112.497, 112.300 or 112.301? Or is it more like
a 112.303?

Or all of the above? Or something yet again?

Thanks in advance for helping advance my education!


#2
Ok, I have heard of a sparrowhawk before, but have never been
quite sure what they are -- size, configuration, etc. Could you, or
someone, provide a description of a sparrowhawk? A picture would
be nice. 

I checked ottofrei website and he is calling it european horn anvil
Part No: 112.497

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#3

You can see a sparrowhawk anvil at cooksongold The product
description is:

Product Code: 999 785
Catalogue Page: 588

Made from steel. The anvil has a flat central surface with two arms
extending to points. One arm is flat to the top while the other is
rounded. Used to aid in the shaping of metal. Surfaces should be kept
clean and polished - any marks will impress on the surface of the
metal. Smaller anvil available see 999 786.

here is the link: http://www.cooksongold.com

No affiliation, just a googler.
Diana Schwab


#4
I checked ottofrei website and he is calling it european horn
anvil part no. 112.497

If the sparrowhawk anvil is differentiated by it’s round horn, then
is it because the round horn has a more symmetrical appearance, in
that it looks more like a ring mandrel than the round horns on other
anvils? To my eye, compared to other anvils, the distinguishing
features are that the round horn is polished, more narrow at the base
of the cone, less heavy on the underside and no upturn at the tip of
the cone.