December 13, 2019
Isn’t it much easier to replace a hammer than an anvil?
So I would think that you would want your hammer to be less hard than your anvil.
The top quality anvils that we have tested and sell range in hardiness from HRC 55 - 62 with an average around 58 HRC on the center mass of the anvil. This is not the horn(s) or edges as many of those areas are closer to the lower figure of 55 HRC. These ratings are not the same for commercially made hand-held forging hammers.
Please note I was very specific in writing, “commercially made hand-held forging hammers,” as the term blacksmithing hammer has pretty much become a very loose term. So loose that some even group ba