The American Blacksmith
Anvils, Old and New

Three Nimba Anvils
(Image used with permission of Nimba Forge and Anvil)
Three Nimba Anvils

     When it comes to anvils, both old and new, there can be a wide range of quality. The Nimbas shown above are modern highest quality state of the art steel anvils. On the other end (low end) of the scale are some modern Chinese cast iron anvils that are very brittle and even dangerous. See a example how a cast iron anvil can chip.
     Old-time anvils also vary in quality. Some were cast steel, some cast iron with a welded steel face, and others were cast iron with a tempered face. As with all used anvils, condition is a consideration.
     The London style (and English made) anvils were very popular with both American and British blacksmiths. Even today, the Peter Wright anvils are sought after, especially if they are in good shape.


Brand
Location
Time Period
Cast Iron
Cast Iron,
Steel Face
Steel
Notes:
Acme1910sSold by Sears, Roebuck
Ajax
Alsop
American-Ross
American Skein & Foundry
AP RangerCurrentHorseshoers Anvils
Armitage Eagle
Arm and Hammer
Arthur Cottam Horseshoe Co. Chesterfield , Derbyshire, EnglandCurrentHardened SteelHorseshoers Anvil
Badger
Baker
Bay State
Black Jack
Black Prince
Bradley
Brooks and Cooper
Buffalo Forge
Champion
Charles Hadfield
Cliff CarrolCurrentXHorseshoers Anvils
Columbus Anvil & ForgingColumbus, OH1910-20s
Columbian Harden Co
Columbian Vise Co.Cleveland, OH
Columbus Forge & Iron
Cranberry
CW
Delta FutureCurrentSteel topAluminum base
Denver
Dural
DuraSteel
Eagle Anvil WorksTrenton, NJSteel faceWas Fisher-Norris
EmersonCurrent
Fireside
Fisher-Norris1843First US made anvil
Fulton
Habermann Type AnvilCzech Republic
Hay BuddenBrooklyn, NY
Henry WrightEngland1880s-ca1914
Herculies
Indian Chief
Insonora
J.E. Pilcher
JHM AnvilsTexasCurrent
Keen Kutter
KL
Kohlswa Gjuteri ABSwedenCurrent
Lakeside
Liedecker Tool Co. Marietta, OHBridge Anvils
Louisville Forged Anvil
MankelCurrentCast Steel
Mouse HoleSheffield, England
NC Tool CompanyPleasant Garden, NCCurrentHorseshoers Anvils
Nimba Forge & AnvilsPort Townsend, WACurrent8640 alloy steelItalian Renaissance Style
Oak Leaf
O’DwyerAustraliaCurrentMalleable iron
Old Forge
Onsteel
Paragon
PeddinghausGermanyCurrent
Peter WrightEngland1850s-1920sLondon Style
Record
RefflinghausGermanyCurrentCast Steel
R. Redding
Rock Island
Roberts Anvil
Sampson
Sligo
Snyder & Oaks
SoderforsSwedenca1200 AD on >
Southern Crescent
Standard
Star
Trenton
Trenton Indian Chief
ValleyCurrent
Vaughan/BrooksEnglandRecentCast SteelDouble Bick
Vernaium Steel
Village Forge
Vulcan Arm-HammerCast ironCharcoal iron body
Tool steel face
West
Western SawCurrentSaw makers’ anvils
WilkinsonDudley England
William Foster
Yost ("Y" in circle)


Credits:
    The basis of this list is a compliation of old time anvil makers which was complied by David Poppke and presented online by David W. Wilson and the North Texas Blacksmiths Association.
    To that list, we are adding current anvil manufactures and some old ones too - as we find them.