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John Brooks anvil

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Hi, I have currently a 100lb anvil and looking also for a bigger one,

I've got an offer on this used John brooks 170lb (77kg) anvil for 575$, would you say its worth it? or otherwise how much do you think thats worth?

 

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I would trade you a couple of Zippos for it, I'll even pay shipping on the Zippos, you pay the on anvil.

How common and available are anvils in IS? If they are not common $3.50 a pound may be very reasonable. Brooks are cast steel, the one I have actually looked at seemed to have good rebound. That anvil looks to be in very good condition if it has a good rebound, it could keep your Trexton company.

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I am actually looking for a bigger anvil than 170 cause theres a lot of agricultural machinery scrap lying around in my area that I can reforge, some of it is big and needs to be hammered on pretty hard.

I dont think anvils are so common here, good new ones are extremely expensive, for example a German drop forged Ridgid Peddinghause 75kg (165lb) will cost you around $3500, that is about 2 times the cost in the US from my researches.

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Someone smarter and more experienced than me will come along to offer sage advice, but you can work some good sized metal on a 170 pound anvil. 

If you have the funds, and the Brooks still has a good temper, you could buy and use it, until you find the bigger anvil.

I think most of us started out wanting the perfect big anvil, but used what we could find and worked up from there.

Just my 2 cents and worth every bit you paid for it.

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So, the quality and size being their own variables, you're looking at $3.38/ pound. For size, 170 pounds is on the high side of what you might call a "portable" anvil. You could try a ball bearing drop test to gauge quality, this one seems reasonably intact. 

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For a “used” anvil it looks pretty good. I have a JB, not as clean edged as that though. Ball bearing bounce is 90% + though... 

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That's definitely not a bad price for it. it's a fuzz higher than what I paid for mine, but I bought mine a good while back, and this one is in a little better shape than mine was. John Brooks anvils have become my anvil of choice over the years, and I have (and have had) more than a few. I'd buy it, especially given that it looks to be in pretty good shape.

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On 10/5/2019 at 6:08 AM, Smed72 said:

I am actually looking for a bigger anvil than 170 cause theres a lot of agricultural machinery scrap lying around in my area that I can reforge, some of it is big and needs to be hammered on pretty hard.

I dont think anvils are so common here, good new ones are extremely expensive, for example a German drop forged Ridgid Peddinghause 75kg (165lb) will cost you around $3500, that is about 2 times the cost in the US from my researches.

I have a 112# NC anvil and I have forged 1.5" and 2" stock 75% of the time i have had it. Before i got this anvil, I also thought that I needed a big anvil. I hope that you are not forging stock over 2" by hand. 170lbs is the most you will need for forging by hand in my opinion. Others prefer a big anvil but I have grown to enjoy the ability to lean over my anvil and utilize more of the face. 

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Working larger stock on smaller anvils can be done---keeping it over the sweet spot for example. However smaller anvils require more care when forging; a miss strike on a 750# anvil with a sledge might leave a ding;  on a 100# anvil it may break off the heel or horn!

Especially if you will be using less experienced strikers I would do the heavy work on an improvised anvil.

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