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Welcome to the Surly Anvil,


where old world armour comes to life in the way it was meant to be created...coal forge, fire, and shaped with hammers, stakes, and of course, the anvil.


I am John Gruber, Blacksmith and Armourer, and this is my passion.

The Surly Anvil forges custom armour from 1050 and 4130 carbon spring steels and also 410 spring stainless; I do my own hardening and tempering. Every piece of armour is unique and built to fit the body as the body is; flowing and without straight or flat surfaces.