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  1. Greeby, I make them and thank you for posting this. This part is a unique tool. We saw this as an old auction item and could find no history or other photos of it. He had some time on his hands and drew it up, we made the patterns and cast a few. The legs are cast iron, steel rods and the block is ductile. I am guessing we have sold 7 or 8 of them complete, maybe 10 of the blocks without the stand which is about what we expected. I have had good feedback on this as a couple of them have been sold to people we see at shows we attend around the midwest. Friends have sent a couple of photos of stands they have made for the block they bought separately. We have a couple more blocks drawn up that will fit into the stand that will have different features. Greetings to all and thank you for the support of our Holland Anvil project. Cheers! After writing this I read the chain again and noticed you ordered the block, we sold 2 this week which surprised us. Can you break it? Anything can be broken. Will you? I highly doubt that will happen. We stand behind all of our products if they are used as intended, to date nothing has been returned and to my knowledge we have one unhappy customer but that is a story for another day. Thank you for buying a Holland!
  2. When you purchased the Holland 20# I had no idea it would end up in your museum, what an honor. A NEW Fisher-Holland collaboration anvil may be in the works one of these day!
  3. Hey Arteus, We appreciate your review and with all of our customers, if you are not happy with your purchase we will pay the freight to and from along with a 100% refund. I am really sorry that you found us hard to work with. I run two businesses, a pattern shop and foundry and sell these tools as a side project. It is under 6% of our monthly sales and takes up 50% of my time on emails, messages, calls and visits. I dare say I am the easiest manufacturer to contact, I have been told that 100s of times. We start all communication on our website or facebook page and occasionally a message here. I can not post my cell # and you do not want to talk to my front office staff, they have nothing to do with anvils, busy working on commercial accounts. On shipping. Its a xxxxx! Our commercial accounts tell us what truck line and where to ship it. We call the truck and off it goes. Each anvil sale needs communication, those over 150 lbs need to go freight, the lighter ones can go Fedex to a home. People that do not have a company with a forklift present an even bigger challenge, we will probably be bouncing 5 or 6 messages to figure things out. Fastenal works great in the midwest but not to western states at this time. Spending my Sunday morning working anvil and block messages, it is a 24/7 365 business. Cheers!
  4. We shipped a 260 lb Holland Anvil from Michigan to your Ak for $300, Cali is a bigger challenge for us. Many freight companies do not want to deal with the state.
  5. Hi Jason, I make the Holland Anvil tools. Thank you for putting us in good company with the other American manufacturers you mentioned. Our Holland tools are all made in house, both the patterns and castings.. All of our anvils are H13 tool steel and that is really what sets us apart. We have a lot of tools in Kentucky, at least one 440 owned by my Mennonite knife maker Sam Stoner, he loves it! Sam lives near Scottsville, look him up if you are in the area. If you have any questions contact us PM. Thanks again, cheers!
  6. It was great, 140 lbs. Sold it to a very good bladesmith at the Blacksmith Gathering in Pennsylvania this weekend. We should get more rolling in the coming weeks.
  7. We make a 100 double horn and a 125 with an upsetting block and a side shelf, looking at doing something in the 175 lb range one of these days. Understood on Covid safety. We had a great direct flight on Alaskan Air out of Chicago. We will be back up in May or June chasing fish so maybe we can connect then. Patrick Garleys place is something everyone should see according to my son. What amazing work. Cheers
  8. We have 5 or 6 Holland anvils near you in Ak. We were just up in Alaska and my son attended a hammer in up in Palmer and let them raffle off a 20 lb single horn. Contact me and i can give you some names around Palmer and Wasilla of the owners.
  9. Hey gents, Thank you for the kind words about my Holland Anvil tools. As mentioned, we make all the castings in my foundry and patterns in our tool shop. I look at it as a project, not really a business. That said it has been a blessing to have this work when things were slow in either of my shops. My grandfather founded Holland Pattern in 1945 I believe and my father started our foundry in 1975, I grew up in the foundry, started pouring iron at 15 and its the only job I have ever had, that's 42 years in the foundry, 34 years full time. I bought the companies in 2001 and my father kept working everyday until a few years back, retired at 89 or so. Some of our customers are Cat, Deere, Borg Warner, Dana, East Jordan Iron Works, Bliss Clearing Niagra Press, Columbus Mckinnon just to name a few of the big ones. The other American made steel anvils that I would compare our tools to would be Mr Hoffmans H13 anvils, Rathole and Nimba. I think H13 is the better material so Holland and Hoffman would be a good comparison. If you are an American Smith making American artwork, blades and shop tools please consider buying American made products, it matters! We always have something new coming out so watch. Currently working on Drifts of different sizes and casting our first hornless church window anvil this Tuesday, it should weigh about 130 lbs or so. I also plan to cast an anvil over 1,000 lbs in the near future. All messages to us are answered by myself or my son Hobie, he handles most of the anvil and swage block sales and shipping. We have communicated with thousands of people over the last couple of years, its been fun and interesting! Cheers and Happy Labor day!
  10. Thank you but probably not on this design. We have it on other models. You never know what we might come up with.
  11. Very good! I met so many people that weekend. Have a fine day and hopefully we can do that again in the fall. Putting out a ton of new products right now, had to share that one with this group!
  12. Thank you, it really is a beautiful tool and i have thought about putting it my living room. Did we meet at SOFA by chance? We appreciate the support and advice this community has given us over the last two years! Cheers
  13. Good question. We did two of these as prototypes. Some historic ones in this style only had the Hardy. I do not want to put anything at the horn and deck transition as that area is often the sweet spot for my double horn customers. Complicating this one is the depth we would need to drill through the horn behind the Hardy. Lastly, I have a core i cast my double horn Pritchels and the core is not long enough for this one, that core box is cast iron. We may do more and we may cast a Pretchel.
  14. Our newest anvil at Holland Anvil. H13, 55 Rc, 235 lbs. This tool is 33.5 inches long and 3.875 wide.
  15. You need to visit us in Holland sometime, we have a lot of new things going on
  16. 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!
  17. Great that you put this list together! We are proud to be a part of it! Cheers
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. Thank you for the order JM! We are shipping it today! Cheers
  22. 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.
  23. I should have a casting to show next week. I will tag you when i post a pic.
  24. 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!
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