A traditional tool of any blacksmith is the anvil.
The anvil is a metal block with a hard surface on which another object is placed and then struck, usually by a hammer. Before the advancement of the metal industry the anvil was an essential piece of equipment for any metal worker. Most often made from steel that has been heat treated anvils have been used for centuries and as such have gathered a nostalgic and symbolic image. They signify hard work, skill, craftsmanship and are commonly associated with the working class people.
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