Anvils, a common site at most blacksmiths, is a large object- often made of iron or steel, used to shape metal. Usually the smith will strike the metal with a hammer against the anvil, often when the metal is heated, to change it’s shape.

Anvils usually have a flat surface, called the face, where the majority of work occurs. The face is hardened and tempered to resist the repeated blows of the smith’s hammer with rounded edges; sharp edges tend to cut into the metal and cause cracks to form in the work. They also have a rounded part, called the horn, for created rounded objects. Blacksmiths, and more specialized farriers use this part, among other things, to create horseshoes.



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