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  1. I have seen Fred's collection and there is no cutler's anvil in his HB's. As well I have never seen one in any other place. It is undoubtedly very rare.
  2. American Star anvils were only made for a short period of time in the 1800's. They are constructed like the Fisher anvils with a steel top plate on a cast iron body. It wouldn't really be advisable to try to fix the top but they are good anvils and yours should work quite well as is.
  3. JHM are ok anvils but if I were going to spend that much money I'd look at the Rhino anvils http://www.incandescent-iron.com/rhan.html I'm not a salesman for them or related to them but I was super impressed with the quality and rebound.
  4. It looks like an Austrian style anvil, I have one that is similar. There were a number of European makers including German and Swedish.
  5. The anvil is still on the Austin Craigslist site and there aren't any better pictures of it so it could be any one of many early German makers.
  6. Actually there are getting to be more collectors just as there are more folks wanting to get into blacksmithing. Most collectors only have a few anvils, less than 250 as Thomas asked but they spend a lot for a special anvil like very small ones. even more so than the really big ones. There is a sort of net work among the really big collectors who help one another get rarer anvils. When I've talked to Fred he has told me of collectors in other states that he regularly contacts. I have met or talked to a few of those other collectors and they have anywhere from a few dozen really choice anvils to many hundreds. Some will spend any amount for those special anvils and they can afford to buy them. I guess its like any other collectors like rare baseball cards or coins.
  7. If you really want to be able to discuss a Mousehole anvil then order a copy of Richard Postman's history of the Mousehole forge. Its excellent reading and can offer you all the history of the forge and your anvil you will ever need.
  8. Sorry but you need to provide a bit more info. What do the serial numbers look like on the front feet? Some pictures of the side with the logo will be helpful. What does the underside of the base look like- ie more pictures. I can show you a picture of my pick-up truck can you tell me where it was made and when?
  9. I saw them at ABANA last summer and was really impressed for the price. They are hard and have a tremendous rebound. I really like the configuration .I don't think you would disappointed.
  10. I bought one the same size for our blacksmithing group and paid $300 for it. It might go for a little more here in NM but probably not much more.
  11. My Refflinghaus hasn't been babied for the last year and the face still looks new. The dilemma with that thread is you don't know how the smith was using the anvil. If you miss your metal or you don't have it hot enough you will cause damage to anything even a wrecking ball. That being get a hold of Dick at http://www.blksmth.com and ask him, that way there is no speculation.
  12. To be honest, I'd get a big chunk of steel or a piece of rail and use that to begin with. Then use the TPAAAT to find a decent anvil or save your money for a really good anvil if you're serious about getting into this arena.
  13. I had a beautiful Swedish Kohlswa that had been improperly heat treated and it had about a 50% rebound. I found out later that the problem occurred in the late 1980's at the factory. I paid a whole lot more for it and assumed wrongly it would be great just based on the name. That being said if I were you and could pick that one up for $1/lb I'd probably do it because I could always resell it for at least that much even if the rebound isn't great.
  14. I don't think your question was completely answered. C-1 did point out the best of the anvils made from the past. There are some new anvils that worthy of looking at and they range from the ductil anvils like JHM to old world anvils that are imported, the American anvils; Rathole, Rhino, Nimbas to the really high end Refflinghaus. Alny of those will work for making knives just depends on your money situation.
  15. I have one and its a weight for a large tractor. I use it as a base for upsetting long pieces. There are railroad anvils that look very similar but have a pritchel hole. and usually spaces to sit over the rails in 2 directions.