Blacksmith Supplies – Choosing a Blacksmith Anvil

One of the most important of the blacksmith supplies is a blacksmith anvil.  Having a quality anvil is the foundation for creating quality ironwork and, therefore, it’s important that you choose wisely.  When choosing a blacksmith anvil you must take several things into consideration before you buy an anvil:

  1. First and foremost, NEVER buy a cast iron anvil.  These types of anvils are worthless and make it difficult to produce quality iron work.  Although more expensive, you should always buy a forged tool steel or cast tool steel anvil.  If you have a cast iron anvil, I am sure you understand what experienced blacksmiths means by “Anvil Shaped Object”.
  2. Decide whether or not to buy a new or used anvil.  New anvils can be expensive but prices have come down some;
  3. Decide on the size of the anvil you want to have. As a blacksmith, the heavier the anvil the better it is for forging.  Forging anvils can weigh 100-500 pounds.  Buy the heaviest anvil that you can afford.  A 200-300 pound anvil is usually sufficient for heavy work.  If you need an anvil that is portable for onsite light forging, go with a 100 pound anvil;
  4. If you are going to buy a used anvil, be sure the surface of the anvil is flat.  If you do not have a flat anvil then you will not be able to obtain straight ironwork;

  5. Make sure the anvil you purchase is able to accept a standard Hardie and that it has a pritchel or punching hole.

Some well known anvil manufacturers (old and new) are Refflinghaus, Kohlswa, Peddinghaus, Nimba, Vaughns, Branco, Emerson, Habermann, Euroanvil and Rathole.


Choose your blacksmith anvil wisely and you will create quality workmanship.

As mentioned above, below is an Anvil Shaped Object (Cast iron junk)!  Never buy this type of anvil.

 

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