An anvil in Minecraft is a great tool to have, you can use it to repair and rename items, as well as combine enchanted items. An anvil is a block that allows players to repair items, rename items, and combine. Host: Chad "OMGchad" Johnson We're talking all about anvils in Minecraft, and how to use. Like many of the items an anvil repairs — including tools, weapons, and armor — an anvil becomes damaged with use and lasts, on average, for only 24 uses. The Anvil is an interactive block used to repair items, rename a certain block or item, or combine enchantments on items. Anvils are used for enchanting, renaming, and repairing tools and items in Minecraft.