A quick introduction in Beginners Place Posted November 13, 2008 · Edited November 13, 2008 by Matt Bower Well, the electrodes you mentioned aren't going to harden. But it's an interesting experiment, and if you put blade steel in the middle you might be onto something. Anvil appearance isn't too important. Too late now that you've done all that cutting and stacking, but you don't need a terribly wide face for a bladesmithing anvil. Maximizing the mass under the hammer (sectional density, really) is the biggest thing. I'd probably have stood that 2" plate on end with the longest axis running vertically, and had at it. Mild steel will do; you can always resurface it. There are ways to improvise a horn. I wouldn't sweat it too much. I've had some luck using pipe locked down in my leg vise, with a piece of square stock through the pipe and resting across the tops of the jaws.