“Give a man an anvil and you have a friend for life.” – Mark Twain

Did Mark Twain really say that?  Probably not.  Just like dozens of the other quotes attributed to him.  But I believe if someone had given him an anvil – he would’ve come up with a much pithier quote than “Give a man an anvil and you have a friend for life.”

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It weighs 35 pounds. Chill the fuck out.

Macklemore’s bliss face in that video when he’s riding on the back of the impressive big chick’s scooter is fantastic.  I tried to mimic that, but with an anvil.

Our good friends Chad (and Tandis, although I believe Chad is probably the only one who used the anvil) gave me an anvil the other day!  Even put a bow on it.  We were taking care of their cat while they were away on a family emergency recently.  I “discovered” the anvil while trying to find plastic bags to scoop cat litter.  About 20 pictures on my phone later I climbed the stairs out of the basement and told Carrie what I found.

I vaguely remember joking about “stealing” the anvil.  So, a few days later when it was placed on my front porch and Chad sent me a text about “a little present on the front porch…”  I was so excited that I rushed it into the house and started taking pictures of it like it was a newborn baby that I needed to show off to every relative and perfect strangers.

I may carry it around in the Rav4 and refer to it as my “EDC anvil” (every day carry) just to be really annoying.  It could be a self-defense tool.  A grip strength tool.  A step to help me reach the top shelf cookware.  Many, many uses.

My hand is there for scale.


Picking it up by the horn is very easy, but still amusing even at that light weight.

Pinch gripping over the face of the anvil is one of the ways to train grip with it.

Cleaning it by the horn, Jowett-style.

The horn seems pretty big for such a small anvil.


About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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