Updated November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 7 Best Blacksmith Anvils

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Little more than a solid chunk of metal, anvils were in use for thousands of years before Wile E. Coyote brought them into mainstream pop culture. The quality of their material and their construction method are what differentiates them most from one another. We've found several that are worth the weight (and cost), thanks to durable steel alloys and resilient forging processes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best blacksmith anvil on Amazon.

7. Old World Forged

6. NC Big Face

5. Ridgid Peddinghaus

4. NC Cavalry

3. Ridgid Model 12

2. JHM Certifier

1. Ridgid Model 9

Editor's Notes

November 25, 2018: Blacksmithing projects that use stock any larger than 1/4" will need a serious unit upon which to hammer... whatever you do, avoid the imported ones that experts derisively refer to as "anvil-shaped objects." They claim to be steel, but they almost never are, and when a real craftsman works with them for a while, it's an easy lie to debunk. The Ridgid models are all super-high-end, crafted in one of the oldest German anvil factories. Alternately, the NC Tools options are great for hobbyists, whether they're making swords, daggers, hunting knives, or santokus (chef's knives). The Old World is a great value for its size, but only if you're okay with its lack of a real horn.


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Last updated on November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

A traveling chef, musician, and student of the English language, Chris can be found promoting facts and perfect copy around the globe, from dense urban centers to remote mountaintops. In his free time he revels in dispelling pseudoscience, while at night he dreams of modern technology, world peace, and the Oxford comma.


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