Saturday, June 7, 2008
Blacksmithing: The Quick and Dirty on Anvils
Something he didn't mention is that if you have a cast iron anvil, you can preheat it in a fire or something, and weld a thick steel plate (half inch or thicker) to the top of it to get a better working surface and a little more weight. In fact, some anvils used to be made that way. But, as he pointed out, a plain cast iron anvil will get you by.
I went to the Harbor Freight site and searched for the anvil he mentioned, but they didn't have one like that listed. The largest they list is a 55 lb anvil for $50.99, and it's cast iron. I know, because I have one.
Then I went to Northern Tool and searched, and they have a 70 lb cast iron anvil for $49.99 so if ya gotta settle for cast iron, that's the one to buy.
Here's a link to it: