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A0021 Wrought vs Cast Anvils (1895)
In wrought iron anvils, the Wright, Wilkinson and Armitage "Mousehole" are the best known; they are all English made. We believe there is but one American concern, and their output is small. Have been informed (by the house that sells them) that they are equal to the best English.
The price has been in the neighborhood of twelve cents per pound, varying from one-half to one cent more or less for a great many years.
Cast iron anvils with tool steel face and horn, are common to more general use; they are much less in price and answer for two-thirds of the purposes for which anvils are used.
A point of advantage claimed by one maker of cast anvils is, that they are free from the noisy clang and ring of the wrought iron anvil, but your average blacksmith would not know how to do a job on an anvil that did not ring - doubtless a question of habit and poetic sentiment.