Classic German and American Anvils for Sale

We have used blacksmith Anvils for sale, including German Anvils, hand forged to the highest standard in the great German Anvil Factories before World War 2. Styles include North German, South German, Church windows, and rare forms. Sizes range from 200 lbs to over 700 lbs. We also have a wide variety of other blacksmith tools for sale.  More anvils and tools to come.


          Church Windows                 Classic  Double Horns                 Special and Unusual                         
All prices and terms negotiable.   Call Josh   804 861 2788   Petersburg Va.
We can arrange shipping or pickup.

About Pricing:
The asking prices of these anvils are based partly on the experience we have had in the past years selling similar anvils both on and off Ebay. The prices are below the new price for a cast or partially machine forged German anvil with similar feautures, although we believe many of these usable old anvils are just as good as or possibly better than the new ones. The old anvils also have historic, craft, and sometimes art value. We discount them for wear and damage.

Refflinghause new prices:


    The double horned German anvil with upset block is the performance King of anvils, with many distinct advantages over other prevalent styles. My 500 lb German anvil (below right)has vastly outperformed everything else for over 20 years. 

                 German double horned Anvil - Features and Advantages  

1.   7 piece forge welded construction around a massive soft iron central block, including a single piece of hard tool steel stretching form horn to horn and completely covering all work surfaces. This combination of hard and soft is ideal for rebound and durability.
     The central block has perfect integrity and is much wider and heavier than the waist section of American and English (London style) anvils. The main work area above this block will outperform London pattern anvils in every repect.

Note: Welding the top plate involved a team of 6 to 8 men sledge hammering continuously for 20 minutes. This ensured "Guten Klang".

       For illustrations and more information visit Ernst Refflinghouse

.   Both the round horn and the flat pyramid horn have massive roots forge welded to the central block. This combination of thick support and hardened steel surfaces make these horns extraordinarily rigid. Fullering and other operations on these horns are dramatically more efficient than the same operations on the soft and springy horn of a London pattern anvil. 


3.   The square hardy hole and round punch hole are each located at the thick base
of a horn adjacent to the central block, maximizing rigidity for hardy tools and punching. In comparison the hardy and round holes on a London pattern are on the thin area of the heal. That's like being on the bouncy end of a diving board.

4. The upset block, unique to German anvils, allows the smith and strikers to perform upsets efficiently from comfortable positions. Many forging operations, especially welding, reguire an upset first. During other operations the upset block stands there buttressing the center of the main working area, eliminating sideways flex or sway during light or heavy forging.

Final Thoughts and considerations

We have only a handful of these anvils here and available right now. With luck we may have others in the future, but we don't count on that. We will sell them on a first come first serve basis, and we will try to be fair about it.

     Classic double horns were forged in the great German anvil factories. Many are dated and signed by their proud makers. They went through 2 World Wars, long periods of feverish work, bombings, and invasions. Their history is hammered and chiselled vividly onto every surface. Refflinghause has compiled the history of some German anvilmakers:

    The anvils we have already sold have gone to owners who understand completely why they are so special and who absolutely cherish them. They know that others may have a bigger anvil, a newer or more perfect anvil, but nobody has a better anvil. 

Contact  Call: 804 861 2788
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Videos on Basic hand Forging Technique  - 2015


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