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There is so much information about improvised anvils on the site.  Do a search for that term on google and add “iforgeiron” and you will find a bunch of ways to do it cheaper and better.  Don’t get married to the idea of the traditional anvil shape.  Save money and wait until a good one pops up...it will.

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Welcome aboard Auxcom, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance.

NO, don't waste money on a cast iron Anvil Shaped Object! The infamous ASO so often talked about in derogatory and mocking terms in the blacksmithing universe stinks as an anvil because they're too soft, lacking a hard face. Fisher company went to serious and scientific effort to weld a high carbon face and a steel horn to a cast iron body in the mold. Nobody does that now so modern cast iron anvils stink big time.

There ARE high quality cast anvils though, make no mistake a Swedish cast steel anvil is as good as anvils get but they're not so easy to find and usually not cheap.

Get yourself working at the anvil while you hunt the tools you envision. In reality anything you beat hot steel on IS an anvil, a smooth boulder makes a fine anvil, been there done that, have a closet full of that T shirt. The threads started by Charles and Thomas tel it all. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Mild steel is better than an ASO IMO. My parents bought me one as a "gift", and it ended up a dented mess less than a few weeks later. It was a waste of money and time to use when the small puck of 4145 I had at the time was much more effective. I was patient and eventually found a 1-3-7 weight Peter Wright for $60.

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