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  1. I am new to blacksmithing. I have been interested for several years, but life is busy. Recently, I have been doing a lot of research, reading this forum and watching videos. I have a piece of railroad track that I use and have been heating all my materials with a torch. I am about to build a forge, either the 55 forge by Glenn or the box of dirt forge by Charles R, Stephens. My plan was to add tools slowly and continue having fun. During my research I discovered which brands of anvils that I would prefer having. I had read all the reviews (good and bad), including the ones on this forum. I thought "If I were buying new and if money was not an issue, I would buy either a Refflinghaus, Ridgid-Peddinghaus or Fontanini". Well, while Christmas shopping online for my family after Thanksgiving, I stumbled on a 25% off coupon from a reputable online tool store that sold one of the anvils that I wanted with free shipping! I spent the next few hours talking myself in and out of making the purchase. You already know what happened. The anvil arrived, I was excited to open my early Christmas present to myself. I settled on the the smaller 165 pound anvil, but it is so heavy. I am not yet ready for anything larger. I checked it all over, welds look good, hardy hole off a little no big deal (already expected that), face is smooth but not flat (high in the middle, more than I expected) I think I can live with that. I scraped all the clear coat off of the face. I had a 1" ball bearing that I was testing the rebound with. Rebound in the middle is about 8 inches (dropped from 10 inches) and about 9 inches on the flat horn. The thing that got my attention the most was the small depressions that were left on the face between the hardy and pritchel holes, but none on the flat horn. I have zero experience on a real anvil. I expected there to be no trace that a ball bearing had hit the face. Is this normal?
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