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Hey guys, I’m trying to decide on my next anvil it’s a toss up of a perfect shape S&S 387lbs no sideshelf north German or a holland north German style with a side shelf 466 lbs. I’m really torn between the two. The s&s is lighter but older and has no side shelf but has the cool old factor going for it. I also think it’s going to increase in value and I think a used holland will depreciate. I’m thinking down the road for my family when I’m gone. This will be my dream worker anvil. Anyway, do Any of you guys that don’t have a side shelf wish that you did? Also you guys with a side shelf can you tell me the best advantages of having one? Any help as always is greatly appreciated. 

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Why do you think one will appreciate and the other depreciate?   There is very little of a "collectors market" in anvils.

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Antique anvil from a company that has been gone for decades, I think will hold a higher value. Vs something someone can buy new. So if I spend 2600 on it die in ten years my family would probably get 1000? 

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I have a 325lb Euro with a side shelf.  I really like having a section of very wide face allowing me to straighten work without turning it 90°, seems minor but it is very convenient.  Also great for scroll starting, and fork tine forging.  

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Well I have spoken to Greg(Holland) many times he takes the process very seriously to make a high quality anvil. It’s true in general there is more of a market for old anvils vs new but if it’s going to be used as a tool get a new one if it’s an investment get an old one. 

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5 hours ago, Timber Ridge Forge said:

Well I have spoken to Greg(Holland) many times he takes the process very seriously to make a high quality anvil. 

Oh yeah, he’s an awesome dude, No doubt about it. I have a Holland swage block and know they make quality products. This is a tool but it would be awesome to have a tool and an investment. 

6 hours ago, Wrought Iron Farm said:

Hey guys, I’m trying to decide on my next anvil it’s a toss up of a perfect shape S&S 387lbs no sideshelf north German or a holland north German style with a side shelf 466 lbs.

Not 466 it’s 440lbs 

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