foundryguy

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  1. It should be noted that a couple of the manufacturers listed as USA import their castings from China or other 3rd world countries. They are sold in the USA but not manufactured here. Hopefully some people still care about domestic manufacturers. Buy American!
  2. Great that you put this list together! We are proud to be a part of it! Cheers
  3. Hey Gents, i make the Holland Anvil tools. We produce H13 tool steel anvils and ductile swage blocks and cone mandrels. If anyone has questions you can message me or I would be happy to reply in this thread. Cheers!
  4. Dave, it matter to me! If I wanted a middle man on my Holland Anvil tools I would get a Blacksmith Supply shop to sell them, they have all asked. We had people paying $100 for a block on Ebay over our sale price, not a good situation in my opinion. Amazon had a group in Taiwan selling our blocks in the states, you payed Amazon and they placed the order and we shipped them out in the US not knowing anything about it. Somehow they made $300 per block per sale. Anyway, if someone sells their single tool at a markup fine, but its really about dishonest people trying to make a living from our hard work. Everyday we run into great people, occasionally liars and cheats. You should post a photo of your wood anvil art on this forum, I think these folks would enjoy it. Cheers!
  5. I make Holland Anvil products at my company that my grandfather started in 1943. We currently make 9 different anvils in 3 styles all made of cast H13 tool steel. Our anvils are hardened 100%, not surface hardened. The bottom is as hard as the top. We make our own patterns and pour our castings in house and only sell direct to the public, no middle men or blacksmith supply shops involved. If you are buying new please consider buying American products and direct from the manufacturer. If not my tools consider one of the other folks that are doing this for the right reasons, love of producing quality tools for blacksmiths. Cheers to all
  6. Thank you for the order JM! We are shipping it today! Cheers
  7. A foundrymans perspective on heat treat. If you are going to heat treat a modern steel anvil I would suggest sending it out to a heat treat shop and having them get it right. The difference in a couple points on the Rc scale is huge. One thing you need to determine is actual chemistry, possibly by hitting it with a gun that most heat treat shops have or a high end scrap yard. I would verify what a producer says the material should be. A proper quench and temper might cost you $.50 per lb and you would want to get it shot blasted to remove the scale. You should be able to clean the top deck with a sander and re-polish the horn. Scale can be substantial with a hardening process. This would be for a cast or forged steel anvil. Ductile would be different process and an expensive one to do it correctly. Our H13 Holland Anvil tools are done by Cryogenic hardening. We out source the process. Tools are put into a vacuum furnace and quenched with liquid nitrogen, then tempered down to the proper hardness. Scale is minimal in a vacuum operation. When we started the price was $1.10 per lb, now I get a "deal" at $.93 per lb. The heat treat is a tough bill to pay but for H13 its what we need to do.
  8. I should have a casting to show next week. I will tag you when i post a pic.
  9. Hey Dan, thank you for checking us out. We put them on Ebay as others were reselling them there at a large markup. It has been a good way to reach people that normally would not find our products and put an end to online sellers. We add a bit of $ to the price as Ebay takes a pretty good cut of sales. My son did the website, we launched it last week and had our first sale on it yesterday. We make everything ourselves, outsource the heat treat and blanchard grinding on the anvils. Our blocks are right from the foundry and you may wish to polish them up or use as is. Have a great day! btw, we have a double shovel swage block coming out next week!
  10. Branson, It was good talking with you! I sign on here at least once a week but typically get an email if i receive a message so i try to respond quickly. I appreciate everyone's support. Buy American!
  11. Its Greg from Holland. Feel free to message me here and we can email you any information you need or chat on the phone. Cheers
  12. Hey Mitch, i saw our Holland anvils mentioned in this discussion. I looked back at your message and it was after 11 PM local time or you would have had a reply in under an hour. Once we switch over to a website and emails the replies will not be as timely as they are now on messenger. As far as Nimba and Hoffman anvils go, I appreciate you including us in such fine company. Buy American made and thanks again for the consideration.
  13. We have been asked not to talk price on this forum. Just showing off my new design
  14. My newest creation. H13, 230 lbs, 52 to 55 Rc.