Medieval adventures

Anvils

Anvils come in all shapes and sizes. There are good quality ones and others that are good-enough-to-get-the-job-done. You can also use a piece of railway tie that has an incredibly hard surface. Some vicses have a flat surface that may be usable as an anvil. We started with a 100lb anvil from Princess Auto and still use it to this day. They are a good place to look for a starter anvil if you want to purchase something new. Yard sales and auctions are good bets for second-hand ones. Some people say don’t waste your money on a cheap anvil. I say any anvil is better than nothing! You won’t get much armour made without one.

You can test the quality of an anvil by holding a hammer and letting it drop on the surface by its own weight. The hammer should bounce back 2/3 the drop distance. it should also have a bright ringing sound rather than a dull thud. Just because an anvil is old, doesn’t mean it is a good anvil.

The anvil is only as good as the stump you put it on. Be sure it is good and solid. Use chains or steel brackets to attach the anvil to the stump! Using an anvil on a tabletop just doesn’t work!

This is a 100lb anvil from a farm/automotive supply store. It gets the job done but the surface is softer than it should be. We use it for riveting these days.
This is our beautiful blacksmithing 220lb anvil. We lucked out and found it at a garage sale. We don’t use this very often for armouring because we don’t want to damage the surface.
Even a broken anvil is very handy. We use this for armouring and blacksmithing. We got this one for a great price at an auction sale. People wouldn’t bid on it because they thought it was broken!
Even a steel block from a metal supplier can be used as an anvil. In this case, we taught a medieval blacksmithing class with this one.