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  1. Thanks for the tip. I definitely asked around for my stuff before searching online if that’s what you mean. Right now with the stupid rona virus it isn’t as easy. All of the big flea markets that usually happen in Washington didn’t happen. The northwest blacksmith association is doing virtual meetings only and their Facebook page is loaded with people asking the same questions about where to find an anvil or a post vise. Most people I asked if they knew anyone with a leg vise thought I was looking for used S** toys lol. When I was looking for an anvil, I found numerous old farmers that had big
  2. So I’ve been on the hunt for a decent post vise for a while now. Just like anvils in my area anything with a fair price is sold within minutes to an hour tops of being posted for sale. Every time I found one under $150 that wasn’t missing the spring and mount I was too slow to buy it. Finally someone advertised an estate sale mentioning they had a welding table with a leg vise on it for $250. They didn’t have any pictures and I managed to respond within 20 minutes of it being posted and I asked if they would sell the vise separate from the table (although if I had a way to load the table
  3. Thanks for the tips. I did do some research before I realized a piece of rail is an option and I did find that some people suggest to mount it vertically to get more mass under the hammer. But at this point I spent so much time going back and forth on what to get for a stand and how to mount things I probably spent a week thinking about it and hesitating to commit to one set up of the other. So I just said screw it I want to freaking hammer something. No more thinking about it. I need to throw something together. So I bolted it down and went for it. Plus to me it felt more comfortable having m
  4. Just an update in case anyone is interested. I never ended up using the steel plate. Someone on Craigslist had a piece of RxR For $20 and they delivered it to my house. So I went with that. Btw I wasn’t the one that did the grinder work to it. I’m still on the hunt for something with a little more mass but it will work for now. As for the fisher anvil... I tried to negotiate a little bit better price and he pretty much told me to F off and instead of coming down on the price he changed the price on his ad from $390 to $450. Anyways here’s a picture of what I have set up for now and h
  5. Turns out there’s a weld shop about a mile from my house. I got this 30 pound chunk of steel for $20. It will hold me off while I look for something better. This way when my forge shows up next week I won’t feel rushed to find an anvil and end up spending way too much money on the first pos anvil I find. I have to figure out a way to mount it to something and maybe a stand of some sort but it should do for now. Thanks for the advice from everyone I appreciate it.
  6. I’m definitely trying to find an alternative. The only thing I haven’t done is gone to a scrapyard. I just need to find one that lets you walk around and buy things. The only scrapyard Ive been to I didn’t think they let you do that.
  7. Ok I looked At the nimbas and now I get what you’re trying to tell me. But I was never stuck on the London pattern. That just happened to be the 2 anvils I was choosing from. I don’t care if the pattern looks like a nimba or a London style but the nimba is $900 for a 120 pound anvil. I’m looking for an anvil in any pattern that’s no more than $400 and something with a hardy and pritchel hole. The NC just happened to be the only thing that checked those boxes without having a broken heel and being covered in weld fillings lol.
  8. A year ago I was working in a machine shop. I wish I would have thought about it back then. But I do like the idea of being able to use hardy tools. I’m not arguing with you about saving some money and going simple though. I just don’t have anything heavy, flat, and made of steel laying around. I’ve asked everyone I know to keep their eye out for something and I’ve been watching craigslist and OfferUp for something. I don’t know maybe it’s the whole covid thing that’s making it hard to buy things right now. Seattle is a crazy place right now. I will check out the nimba anvils right now. T
  9. Lol I didn’t know heeless anvils were so common. Well maybe I can get him to come to his senses and talk him way down in price. If it passes a bearing drop test it would still be nice to have a decent size anvil that doesn’t make as much noise. But only if he comes way down on the price like less than half. I doubt that will happen though. Here is the NC anvil I’m looking at. It’s $335 but who knows what it costs to ship. I haven’t got that far yet. I’m just having a hard time finding anvils in my area and at this point I’m close to using a piece of Railroad rail. I have a feeling I will
  10. Ya he messaged back and said it was 192 pounds and now it’s 160. So it is missing the heel. Sorry I never noticed the read this first link when getting started. I’m located in snohomish Washington which is just outside of Seattle. Also the price of the anvil was in the pictures he wants $390 for it. I will make the edits.
  11. I’m glad I asked. I didn’t even notice it was missing the holes and possibly missing the heel. Thanks for the input.
  12. First of all I’m new to blacksmithing and I’m new to this forum. Thanks for having me. I’ve been planning on getting a forge and all the tools to get started smithing for quite some time now and one thing I underestimated more than anything was the price of an anvil. I can see that this anvil doesn’t have the best edges and it has a good ding or chip in the face. It also looks like it might have a couple spots where someone filled a couple dents. It might just be the picture. I’m going to message him tomorrow to verify and maybe haggle. I know fisher makes good anvils and if it was more perfec
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