German Anvils

Welcome to our website update for!  Available Anvils are on the menu pages found just above. Just click on  Double Horned anvils,   or just click the 682 lb double horn anvil image just below.  Then click on the small images to go to each anvil’s information page.

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 two. Anvil styles include Double Horned, Church windows, and other.  “Double horned” includes both North and South German (face to horn transition) forms.  “Other anvils” include single horned, hornless, swage blocks, and cones. Sizes range from 200 lbs to over 700 lbs. We also have anvil bases, German vices, and a wide variety of other blacksmith tools for sale.  Please check out the forging/anvil videos and other links at the bottom this page. Enjoy!

Call  Josh:   804 861 2788  or email:
We can arrange shipping or pickup from Petersburg Va. 23803. 

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 features, 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.

Refflinghaus new prices:     http://www.blk

Anvil History and the probable evolution of the German Double Horned anvil with upset block

In the beginning anvils were primitive, often just flat lying rectangular sloping blocks. Later these blocks were stood up on edge and feet were added, and then 2 niches were added on the front that resembled a pair of church windows: the church windows style anvil was born. For hundreds of years German blacksmiths worked  with Church Windows and Hornless anvils, but they also had a lighter double horned stake anvil, also referred to as the Field anvil, or second anvil (below left).  Blacksmiths working with these 2 anvils produced the finest decorative ironwork in history.  The center column on the church windows anvil (left center) stabilized the middle of the anvil. in about 1880 The double horned field anvil and the church window style anvil  were combined. The upset block idea was probably inspired by the church window center column – the first upset blocks were very small like a support column. The classic double horned German anvil with full upset block emerged (knifemaker anvil dated 1886 -right center ) and quickly established itself as  the masterpiece and performance King of anvils. My 500 lb German anvil (below right) shamed  the other anvils around for over 20 years: better in every way.

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 from horn to horn and completely covering all work surfaces. This combination of hard and soft is ideal for rebound and durability.
2. 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 respect.

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

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 heel. 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, require 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 chiseled vividly onto every surface. Refflinghaus 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
Thank you for visiting us.


Videos on Basic hand Forging Technique – 2015

Four more videos with forging on German anvils:

The Greenwood Colonial America Anvil Collection:

You can see some of our architectural blacksmith work at:

Call  Josh:   804 861 2788  or email:
We can arrange shipping or pickup from Petersburg Va. 23803.

Josh Greenwood
Greenwood Ironworks / anvils4sale
205 N. South street
Petersburg, Virginia
804 861 2788
804 721 810