Ok finally I have arrived with a full review of the TFS smithy special 300lber!! Better late than never, after a nasty surgery and a divorce later I finally am back on the anvil!! Lol! I'll break it up into several sections, and if you have any questions gentlemen please feel free to just ask!
1. Shipping was absolutely free! If you have a farrier supply place any where near you, have them order it for you on there next big shipment! It was delivered way faster than I anticipated. TFS was more than helpful and so was Natures Farm farrier supply here in Norman Oklahoma, helpful and knowledgable people!
2. The price was just so tempting, it seemed to good to be true. I paid 1400$ flat for my 300lb. They didn't have a 400lb double horn available when I ordered mine, and they would have to make you special order which greatly increased its price. Even with that being said the 400lber was just 2100$ to 2300$ If memory serves.
3. The finish and paint are absolutely beautiful! There are a few things that bugged me about the paint, as well as it's final finish though. Mind you it still did not affect the performance of the anvil in anyway! The round horn was painted on the bottom, which is quite annoying and so was the upsetting block. Nothing a elbow grease won't take off, but still an annoyance none the less. The angled horn was not squared as nicely as I could have been at the very end. Instead of it coming to a nice square point it was a sloppy angle, which again is easily taken care of. The hardy hole needs some slight dressing as well, but again assuming you're a fully capable smith none of these should hinder you in the slightest!
4. The rebound, ring, and all around performance of this anvil is a dream. With a proper stand. She will move the metal beautifully! I even had to strike the top of her with a 6lb well dressed sledge to seat her in my stand! Not so much as scratch on the top! It seemed to just polish the top on the spots I hit, not dent it. The rebound is easily 90%, when I placed her on her final home it increased even further! Striking anywhere in the anvil you get the same rebound, which I was worried about when I first purchased the anvil. I wasn't sure how ductile iron would do with uniformity on rebound. She rings like a bell, much more so than my old Trenton, and the TFS has a huge waist and working surface. Now with that wide working surface I did notice it's very difficult to get the anvil warm so that it doesn't suck the heat out of your work.
5. The design is a perfect double horn smithing anvil. Complete with large pritchel hole, a side table, a 1inch hardy hole, an upsetting block, nice wide base, beautifully finished round horn, and a huge work surface!
6. My final thoughts on this anvil. I'm more than pleased with my purchase. It was everything I needed. Everything I wanted, and all at a very reasonable price. I've made several projects on her so far, and it surprises me every time in use it. Would I recommend anyone purchasing them. Yes I would. Do I know how she will hold up after years of everyday use by a professional smith? No, but she fits my needs, and she gets the job done.