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Still chasin' down anvil leads.  Found one fellow who said he sold a 160# Vulcan this morning for $460.  Commented it was pretty beat up.  At $2.87/lb, I have no doubt it was "beat up".  People are gettin' to the point that when I walk up to them, they immediately say "I know...............you're looking for an anvil." :rolleyes: Been talkin' with so many people about anvils, I forget !

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I haven't won the lottery yet...I wish I could find something for you. You get the same craigslist postings I do for the area. And I still never hear of anything close to me either. But if I do and it's a good deal, I'll certainly let you know

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I consider Vulcans to be the "Ford Escorts" of the anvil world and so am always amazed at folks asking Mustang prices for them.

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I have to agree.  That said, Thomas, I have to be careful when I'm runnin' down Vulcans around my little 50# Vulcan.  I'd really hate to hurt it's feelings.

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My condolences, I understand that there are some promising new treatments for that. I have a friend who has stuffed his shop with Vulcans; they are just not to my taste.

I've owned several Vulcans; never afraid to pick one up at a good price that I can sell on to a beginning student; but my only long term Vulcan is one on my wall of shame that shows extremely bad quality control of the casting. (Others on the wall include a PW, Powell, Badger?, etc.)

I prefer my large Fisher when I need a quiet anvil and my Arm and Hammer for my travel anvil. (When doing demos it's often helpful to have a ringing anvil to draw folks to the forge---especially when you have been sited on the outskirts of an event.)

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I'm not knowledgeable enough to "know" what I need..............but what I think I'd like is something around 160 pounds that has a nice large surface, decent edges and really good rebound.  And, yeah, I'd like something that rings...............just for nostalgia.  :lol:  Does that sound like the typical newbie?

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2 minutes ago, Chris The Curious said:

Why is that, IFC?

It's so quiet I don't need hearing protection, has a nice face except for one chip from a missed blow by a prior owner. It was my first anvil that I've gotten used to over the past 30+ years and I've more hardy tools that fit it.

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Getting used to it over decades can tend to make using it a habit.  The sway in the face of my A&H makes it my go to anvil for straightening blades even if I have dead flat anvils to hand.

However I am giving serious thought to demoing only with improvised anvils for a while to help folks see that they don;t need to sell a kidney to start smithing and do good work.

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7 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

You forgot the "and they pay me US$50 to haul it off..."

God.......................I could only wish!

7 minutes ago, Irondragon Forge & Clay said:

t's so quiet I don't need hearing protection

Okay, I get it.

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I only took a 198 pound swell horn HB and a 100 kg Buffalo ASO when I left OK around 1983; I really didn't sweep the state clean of anvils...Oh yes I did pick up a swage block for $1 a pound...

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Purdy shore ya took most of'em with ya, Thomas.  Least I can't seem to stumble on any...................but I'm not giving up!

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Another reason I like my Vulcan is a friend of mine who has more experience (in years forging) than I, scoffed at my anvil when he first saw the shop. He said something like Oh it's a Vulcan. Over the years I always out produced him when we would get together in the shop with him using his PW.

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I look at CL and ebay (I know, always too much $$ there) in my local area.  I keep seeing the same anvils for sale.  There's one, not too far from me, a 71# kohlswa.  The guy's asking $700 for it.  He'll probably be sitting on that little bit for a while.  Then there's a 125# Hay Budden, other end of the state, Seller's asking over $1300 for it.  At those prices, I'm better off hitting up antique stores.  LOL.  It makes that 125# Fisher Norris in New Hampshire for $395 a great deal.

I'll stick with the improvised anvils for now.

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