Updated November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 7 Best Blacksmith Anvils

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in November of 2018. 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 choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. 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.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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