Northern Industrial Cast Iron Anvil - 60-Lb.
It's cast iron not steel.
I didn't understand the difference between cast iron and steel as far as anvil went. I never used an anvil other than the small one on my vice and this just wasn't going to work for what I needed to make. The anvil is heavy enough to be functional but for heavy use cast iron isn't what you need. I put a hard piece of steel on to of the anvil anchoring it with four recessed screws. Now it has the clang and durability of a blacksmith's anvil and 1/5 the cost of what a smilair weight steel anvil would cost. I don't know how well the recess screw are going to work but they seem to be doing fine after making four wagon wheels.
April 23, 2013
no quality control
After I spent 2 hours hand grinding the face and another 2 hours grinding the base the anvil finally was flat enough to sit level and flat enough on top to use. Now it works well for my needs. However, it could use more of a radius on the horn edges.
March 14, 2011
A better door-stop
This anvil is definitely not appropriate for anyone wanting to really forge steel. There is pretty much no rebound to speak of, and it is easily dinged if you miss the work and hit the anvil. No pritchel, no hardy. I think that you'd be better off using a piece of rail from a railroad as an anvil rather than this thing. But if you have nothing else available, it might make do until you can find (or afford) a decent anvil.
The coyote might enjoy this anvil as it seems easy enough to throw it off a cliff.
February 18, 2010
This is a first...I don't like the anvil. First of all, the anvil is PAINTED! Blacksmithing requires the use of hot metals which melt paint. Secondly, the quality just isn't there, the step of the anvil is uneven and shallow. The horn is poorly shaped and finished. Every other product from Northern Tools has been highly satisfying in quality. Guess you can't win them all!
February 18, 2010
Better than nothing
This anvil was very cheep made, but beats nothing.
March 23, 2009
Great anvil for medium size work, could use pritchet and hardy hole for precise work but shapes metal fine and has anice ring to it.
November 18, 2008
This is NOT for the serious or even intermediate blacksmith. This is what blacksmiths refer to as an ASO or avil-shaped object. It works fine for straightening out blades for your mower or the occasional pounding on some type of metal, but has NO rebound so you get to do double the work! BUT for the money and for occasional use, it is fine keeping these "qualifiers" in mind.
August 19, 2008
NOT FOR THE BLACKSMITH
If you are a blacksmith, this will do until you get a real anvil. Rebound is non-existant and has no hardy or pritchel. Pritchel can be drilled into it with minimum of difficulty. This got me out of a pinch while waiting on a real anvil; and for the price, you can't beat it. For those who are not blacksmiths, this is probably ideal. It's inexpensive and does not have a really loud "ring" to it. Would work well on the farm or in the mechanics shop.
April 22, 2008
70 LB ANVIL
THIS ITEM IS GREAT ! I BOUGHT AN ANVIL A WHILE BACK, FOR IRON WORK.
FOR THE PRICE, IT WAS A PERFECT BUY . A PERFECT ADDITION TO MY HAND TOOLS !!!!!!!
April 21, 2008
70 lb anvil
This anvil easily meets basic requirements and is a great buy for the price. The table is not milled flat and has no holes for tools. The horn is wide and flat which makes it difficult to shape stock with.
April 15, 2008