Each time an Anvil is used or dropped, its durability goes down. This limits the strength of enchantments it can cast and eventually, in turn, breaks it.
When any item is placed on the first slot on an Anvil and an Enchanted Book on the second, the item gains that enchantment. If two Enchanted Books are in the anvil, the effects will be combined unless there are two of the same enchantment at different levels. (Protection 1 on one book and Protection 2 on the other) If the two books share the same enchantment at the same level, they can be combined to create one book with the effect with doubles getting +1 enchantment effect on that enchantment. (Protection 2 on both books makes a protection 3 book with whatever extra effects were on the other books.)
The Anvil allows players to type in any name they want for an item. This costs Experience and is the only way to use Name Tags.
Like Sand and Gravel, the Anvil will fall if the block beneath it is removed. It will be damaged depending on how far it falls, but will also cause damage to mobs and players that it hits. This feature's use in traps is crippled by the fact that Anvils cannot be pushed by Pistons.
CraftingAnvils are crafting by placing 3 blocks of iron across the top of a 3 by 3 crafting grid, and three iron ingots on the bottom, finished with 1 iron ingot in the middle of the grid.
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