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Did you know that we were using anvils in the stone age? What an amazing thing to consider. Of course they were made of, well, stone but having that hard surface to work on was a very important thing for man through the ages. There are many benefits that come along with owning and anvil and working metal. For the survivor its pretty simple, you have to be able to manage your resources. What resource is more plentiful than any other in the urban sprawl? Its metal.
What is your capacity to take advantage of all the metal that is around you? Think about it. We all worry about a time when the earth has been ravaged by disasters and people are left to survive on their own. Metal will survive most disasters that humans do. That is an incredible thing to think about. So few preppers know how to manipulate metal with heat and an anvil.