O'Dwyer Anvil Range
Workshop Equipment

What anvil should I choose for my type of farrier work?

An anvil is one of the biggest investments you make as a farrier and if you look after it and use it correctly, it can last you a lifetime.

Mustad Australia stocks and sells several types of anvils and we have asked Carl O’Dwyer to tell us some of the features of our most popular Farriers Anvils that he designed.

What are the anvils made from ?

We have four models in the O’Dwyer Anvil range, all of which are cast using a 4140 steel under strict quality controls, each anvil is hardness tested using the Brinell Hardness testing scale, with each anvil required to be within Brinell (BHN) 400-450 hardness.

Each Anvil also has a square Hardie Hole for anvil tools like heel cutters or steel cutters that you can forge with your hammer, and a round hole that is designed for your Pritchel to punch through nail holes.

Other features of each anvil are as follows:

What are the features of the O’Dwyer 20Kg Anvil?

  • Our most portable anvil is used mainly for cold shoe shaping, however you can also shape shoes hot on this anvil
  • turning cogs for shaping of the heels either inwards or outwards. These Turning cogs are orientated to suit Right handed Farriers
  • Rounded anvil heels for which enables the shoe to be spread out, with minimal indentation to the inside of the shoe.
  • 1” Hardie Hole and round pritchel hold are ideally located near the heel of the anvil.

What is the difference between the O’Dwyer 40Kg Anvil and the 20kg Anvil

The 40kg anvil has all the same features of the 20Kg Anvil however it has a bigger surface area that makes it easier for hand making shoes.

  • 1¼” Hardie Hole and round pritchel hole are ideally located near the heel of the anvil.

What are the features of the O’Dwyer 38Kg Centurion Anvil?

The Centurion anvil has been designed with the focus on a larger surface area without extra weight and is ideal for the mobile farrier.  This is achieved by gusseting out metal from the sides of the anvil and putting it into the surface area:

  • Turning cogs are located on the heel of the anvil
  • A Clipping deck has been added to the anvil surface just before the horn
  • Horn has a flatter design
  • 1” Hardie Hole and round pritchel hold are ideally located near the heel of the anvil.

 Where would I use an O’Dwyer 95Kg Anvil?

This 95Kg anvil is a shop anvil that can be used by Farriers and Blacksmiths for hand making shoes or hand forging.  Can be set up for both left and right handed farriers and has a large surface area and well designed horn for forging many items.

  • 1¼” Hardie Hole and round pritchel hole are ideally located near the heel of the anvil.

How do I look after my anvil ?

  • We recommend that the top of your anvil be setup at a height that is 4” (10cm) below the height of your Belly Button.
  • All Anvils should be bolted down securely before use to an anvil stand in order to avoid injury.
  • Over time, cold shaping shoes on your anvil will wear in a groove in the horn of your anvil and also in your turning cogs. This will take several years and a lot of shoe shaping to occur, however please not this is a very normal occurrence and should be expected when you are striking blows on cold steel using a steel anvil.  Hot shoe shaping and forging will result in less wear into your anvil.
  • Do not hit the surface of your anvil unnecessarily with your hammer direct on the anvil surface

Check out with video with Carl O’Dwyer who shows you the features of the O’Dwyer Anvil range.

All O’Dwyer farrier anvils, as well as the other farrier anvils we currently stock (which includes JHM 120 lb Legend Anvil by Anvil Brand and Future 5 anvil) are available through Mustad dealers and