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Finally Found It - Peter Wright

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After quite a bit of searching, I finally found my first Anvil.  It is a beautiful 156 pound Peter Wright.  Looks used but not abused and exactly the size I was looking for.  It came with a solid maple base so I don;t have to worry about that either.  It also came with 4 Hardie tools and a hammer.  Cost was $450.  $3 per pound does not seem like a great deal, but here in the Northwest anvils are hard to come buy and fetch a pretty penny. Relative to other items I have seen (high cost and poor condition) I am very pleased.  Its only money right?






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I think you did very well. The anvil looks fine and the tools and stand only sweeten the deal.


We all want to find the pristene anvil complete with original stickers/paint that was only used by Granny at Christmas time to crack walnuts with a wooden mallet. The reality is' most of us hope to get a decent anvil for hopefully a decent price and we will be happy. Of course there are those that seem to score the Christmas anvil regularly for 20 cents a pound- Good on them! Be glad you are not the one who got a "Great deal on a beat to pieces ASO for 6 dollars a pound because it is a family heirloom and old too!


Hammer happily



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Don't feel bad one bit!


People are always bragging about mint anvils that cost pennies, but for a real working anvil, you got a great deal.  Those hardy tools would set you back $20 each, and they will come in very handy.


The condition of the anvil is very good.  The rounded edges don't hurt anything, but they sure might come in handy for a dozen tasks.  You didn't get an anvil for $3/lb; you got an entire smithy.  With the hammer and hot-cut, you can make every tool you could imagine.  The fullers will only help you.


And considering the durability of the anvil, $3/lb is mighty cheap.  You'll be working on that same anvil thirty years from now.  No parts to replace.  Nothing to wear out.  100% function for pennies on that value.  

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Thanks for all the kind words.  Yes, I guess I did get caught up in reading all kinds of "200 lb anvil for $85" stories.  Long and the short of it is that I got a great anvil for a fair price.  What's not to like about that.  Plus, unlike most items I find for sale which seem to be 2+ hours away, this one was only a 30 minute drive.  I am very happy and very excited to use it.


I will do some searching around, but is there anything I need to do to protect it (i.e. oil for rust)? 

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My anvil's in an unheated shop and will rust in a skinny minute if I'm not actively working on it.  So, I apply a little bit of boiled linseed oil that I've thinned down 4 to 1 with mineral spirits or similar.  I paint the whole thing with that concoction and it preserves the patina on the sides while stopping pitting on the face.  After a forge session, a quick wipe down before leaving means she'll be ready to go at the next visit.


And boiled linseed oil doesn't smell nearly as bad as paint when hot iron hits it.

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C.I.TR3, You got a NICE one ! VaughnT that concoction sounds interesting since I live on the edge of the swamp my stuff will rust jiffy quick. I don't like coating it with gobs of oil. Maybe you can start a thread on what to coat your tools with besides beeswax. Thanks

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