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    Brooklyn, MI
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    Working with my hands, living life to the fullest and trying to learn as much as I can.
  1. I would love to help the guy out since I know he's in a tough spot financially but I just don't know if, when I bought it, if I didn't want it anymore I could sell it? I don't want to pay too much for it and not be able to get my money back out of it. I get into so many hobbies and then lose interest. I haven't lost interest with blacksmithing by any means but it's not to say that one day I won't. I just want to cover my ass in case something happens and I need to get that thing sold. For $300, I don't know if I could do that. You guys are the best, thanks for the responses. I really appreciate it. CS
  2. Thanks for the reply, I'm looking to make some simple fixed blade knives so small stock is all I'll be working with. I picked up a HB that we think weighs around 250-275 pounds for $200 but that's in a garage pretty far from my house. I like working out there on long projects but for quick heats in a short amount of time, I was looking to get a smaller setup for my house and this anvil would be the perfect size for the area I have to work in and it's also very portable. He has an older forge and a few other tools laying around so I should talk to him about bundling the anvil and the forge together. I just really don't want to show disrespect by telling him I don't feel his anvil is worth $4.00 a pound to me. I'll give him a call today with a plan on what I want to bundle and see where it goes. Thanks again for the reply! CS
  3. Hey guys I did a little looking around in the forum and I can't get a concrete answer to my question so I've gotta make a new post. Sorry about that. A guy welcomed me into his shop to check out some stuff he had for sale. One of the items is a 75# anvil that looks like it's never been used. All surface rust but the corners are sharp, no dents anywhere everything is perfect on it. It doesn't sit level however, seems like the bottom needs to be fixed for some reason. Kinda wobbles. Not sure what's up with that. We took some steel wool to the side and all we could make out was "Brooks" and under that I saw "Sheffield". He's asking $4.00 a pound which I think is pretty high. I'm really don't wanna pay that kind of money for a little anvil so I was wondering what you guys think it's worth. I didn't take a picture of it so I don't have that to show ya but if you guys have any ideas, please let me know. I would really appreciate it. Chad
  4. Thanks Jeff! I ended up going down to Ohio and getting some from there that's brought in especially for SOFA from WV, we'll see how that does. I appreciate the encouragement and I'll think seriously about joining the organization. Chad
  5. What about this place in Ohio called Dennis Farms? I was thinking about heading down there today to grab some. I have to call in the morning to see if they have it in bags or if I have to drive a truck down there but a few places on the net refer to that place as having really good soft coal. Thanks for all the other advice though I appreciate it and I'll look into joining MABA. Are they pretty welcoming to newbies? Thanks again Chad
  6. Yeah I'll probably end up just using it mainly for knife making. I have a couple other types of vices that I'll use too. This is just one that I picked up. With that rotation feature, I couldn't pass it up for free...
  7. lol not for sale guys and no I couldn't get any tools with it. I'm definitely going to need some tools now. I wish there was a part on this site for used tools like a classifieds section. Thanks for the comments everyone, I appreciate it. Chad
  8. Alright I've looked a few times on IFI for good blacksmithing coal in Michigan but can't really find a good answer. If you live in Michigan, where do you get your coal from and how much do they charge? Even if you live in Ohio near the border, that'll work too. Thanks guys, Chad
  9. That's true it does look like it could be either one of those. I hit on it a little bit today and it has pretty good bounce from what I can tell with my limited experience but as far as a starter Anvil for $200 I figured I couldn't really go wrong. Thanks man
  10. We've been looking and looking for an anvil to get started with when we got a call from a friend that cleans out factories. This was what we picked up. We have no idea what it weighs or who made it but it came from a factory in northern Michigan.
  11. Thanks for your help guys I appreciate it!
  12. Sounds like it might work lol. It's def worth a try though Mat, it's not doing me any good in the condition it's in now anyway.
  13. Hey! I'm a newbie from Michigan also. Trying to get supplies and equipment together to start making my own knives. I'm from Brooklyn but the shop I'm working in is in Monroe. Welcome to the site! Hopefully you'll find it as helpful as I have. Chad