Nice story QC. I appreciate your sharing it here. Are those smithing hammers or more specific peening hammers, or did he not get that specific?
The narrow anvil I ordered is not as fancy as the one with the helping hand and fingers, nor the jig type. I notice now the face does not look as polished and appears to not have the radius. My sickle is the small size Falchi. The site link says they are pre-peened. I didn't see anything like that on the one I got. It was dull and pre-ground only. When the anvil comes in I will peen it and see what happens.
I don't think it will be that hard. The typical new scythe aficionado, at least my impression thus far, are not much accustomed to manipulating hand tools. Watching a few vids though, haven't seen one yet that can really tell you when to stop, what's good enough or exactly right.
No worries Wolfy. We'll keep it to ourselves.