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Anvils, Amboß Amboss, l'enclume, incudine, el yunque, bigornia,
städ, incus, aambeeld, batente, наковальня, наковалня

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Bulgarian Stake Anvil

Bulgarian Stake Anvil

Bulgarian Stake Anvil (наковалня )

Photo provided by Philip Greening Jackson, digitally processed by Jock Dempsey

This anvil was found in a dump or scrapyard in Bulgaria and purchased for 50 Leva (about $34 USD). The stump it is set into is burried deep into the ground. The work surface is similar to Italian anvils or or French bateau (boat) anvil, the difference being the anvil is raised on a heavy shank similar to Spanish bigornia de banco.
Spanish Anvil from the Mexican Revolution European Stake Anvil
Spanish bigornia de banco (bench anvil)
From photo of 'Mexican Army Blacksmiths' courtesy Gill Fahrenwald
European Stake or Stump Anvil
Donated source unknown (German or English)
Digitally Enhanced - JDD

The difference between a "stake anvil" and a stake or bickern is that a stake anvil is a heavy use forging tool while stakes and bickerns are designed for light work and sheet metal work. There is no clear distinction between the two, however the Spanish call the light bickern a bigorneta (diminutive of bigornia - anvil). I would but the dividing point at 100 pounds (45 kg).

The Spanish anvil above probably weighed about 200 pounds (90 kg) and the European anvil 250 to 350 pounds (112 to 260 kg) or more. Both are carefully fitted to reinforced stands with anchor points to tie them down for transportation.

The great advantage to the three anvils on this page is the long significant mass directly under the face of the anvil. This gives them a much greater forging efficiency for their weight than most anvils.

Two Italian anvils from Marco Dell'Acqua, Italy.

Ancient Stump or Stake Anvil

Ancient Stump Anvil
Another style of stake anvil

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