A metal block with a flat top and a horn-shaped projection, used as a work surface for hammering and shaping hot metal.
From old english anfilt, from an (on) + filt (a bench, a support).
- The blacksmith placed the red-hot metal on the anvil and began to hammer it into shape.
- The anvil was an important tool for the blacksmith, allowing him to shape and reshape metal as needed.
- The anvil's horn was used for bending and curving metal, while the flat top was used for striking and flattening.
- Anvils are typically made of hardened steel or iron, and can weigh hundreds of pounds.
- In the past, anvils were used not only by blacksmiths, but also by other metalworkers such as armorers and coppersmiths.