Buying Anvils – It’s Easier Than You Think

In this video, I talk about what I look for when I’m buying anvils.

Did you know you can get a great anvil for less than $300?

Try to avoid Craigslist and eBay when it comes to buying anvils. You might get taken for a ride.

It’s a much better policy to shop at blacksmith suppliers that have been selling anvils for decades.

Their prices are better because they have to respond to supply and demand. They also have to compete with the other anvil retailers.

Here are my top choices for anvil retailers:

  • centaurforge.com – If you’ve taken my online course or been to a class at my shop, you’ve heard me talk about these guys. Amazing customer service and great shipping rates ($14 flat rate up to 150 pounds).
  • piehtoolco.com – Excellent family-owned business with good selection and customer service.
  • blacksmithsdepot.com – The North Carolina classic. Kayne & Sons has been offering a huge selection of blacksmithing equipment for a long, long time.

Note: If you’re looking for old anvils with some history, I recommend going old school with it. Check out auctions, flea markets, and swap meets especially in Amish Country.

Happy Anvil Hunting!

The DIY Blacksmithing Course

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The DIY Blacksmithing Course

If you’d like an easy to follow, step-by-step plan for getting started, our DIY blacksmithing class is for you!

Taught by a professional, full-time blacksmith, the DIY Blacksmithing Course covers everything:

  • Anvil Anatomy
  • Knife Making
  • Anvil Stands
  • Rockwell Hardness
  • Buying Anvils
  • Forges
  • Gas vs. Coal
  • Buying vs. Building Forges

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  • Forging Temp and Color
  • Forgemaster Forges
  • Majestic Forges
  • Lighting Forges
  • Fire Pokers
  • Shop Safety
  • Hammer Types

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  • Cross Peens
  • Hammer Techniques
  • Tong Basics
  • Tong Techniques
  • Buying vs. Making Tongs
  • Mild steel vs. High Carbon
  • Buying Hammers

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…And More!

How much does the DIY blacksmithing class cost?

The Gold Package with 55 Lessons including everything listed above taught by Terran Marks, the blacksmith who runs Brown County Forge, costs just $27!

In exchange for your spending money, you’ll learn how to save at least $1000 on equipment.

Saving money and Learning to Blacksmith at the same time!

Can’t I just look at YouTube videos for free?

Sure! That’s a decent way to learn things.

Keep in mind that the info you get may be:

  1. Disorganized
  2. Inaccurate
  3. Conflicting with what professional smiths teach.

That said, you can absolutely piece together all the info you’ll need to get started.

It might take a few months, but you can do it!

Where can I learn more?

You can get see the full diy blacksmithing class at:

The DIY Blacksmithing Course Website

There you will be able to see an overview of all 55 Lessons.

You can even get a preview of the first few for Free!

Ready to check it out?

Here’s your chance! >>> DIYBlacksmithing.com

Custom Metal Address Numbers for Local Businesses

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Custom Metal Address Numbers

Earlier this year, I was approached by my local business insurance provider about making some custom metal address numbers for her office. 

Due to the weather (and an uninsulated blacksmith shop), we agreed that the numbers weren’t urgent and could wait until things warmed up.

Each number is 4 inches tall made from solid steel that is 1/8-inch thick.

They were carefully drilled to fit #8 wood screws, making it easy to attach them to the siding under her small porch roof. 

What Typeface Do I Use For My Address Numbers?

Custom Metal Address Numbers for Businesses - Brown County Forge

I use the Futura typeface (or font) for its modern look.

It catches the eye better than the standard address numbers you might find at a Lowe’s or Menards. 

It gives the home or business the numbers are attached to a unique, stylish look. 

Where Are My Address Numbers Sold?

I sell individual metal address numbers in Brown County Forge’s Etsy Shop here.

I also sell stainless steel address plates if that’s more your style. 

They’re available here: Stainless Steel Address Plates

Flipping Anvils

Flipping Anvils at Brown County Forge

Why would you want to flip an anvil over? In this video, Terran talks about how to use all parts of the anvil to forge ironwork.

Thanks for watching!

How Much Does Blacksmithing Cost?

How Much Does Blacksmithing Cost?

In this YouTube video, Terran talks about the equipment costs involved in blacksmithing. From anvils and forges to hammers and tongs, this introduction will give you some ideas about what to expect.

Thanks for watching!