Post by Steve B
Where might I go for a primer on anvils?
I want one. Not sure yet I need one, but there's the occasional time I want
to hammer something on a solid object. I used to have one that was just
about 12-18" of railroad rail that had a point cut on one end. It had been
ground off to make it rounded, something I would anticipate took someone
quite a few hours to do.
I have seen a couple of used anvils in my area at garage sales for around
$200. I believe they were antiques. In the southern Utah area I live, I
believe I will be able to locate one with a "wanted" ad.
I know there are lots of shapes for lots of purposes. What would be a
"general purpose" anvil? Can you send me to a site where I can start
answering my own questions about anvils?
How much is a "good" anvil worth? That is, something a total newbie would
use, and not the finest or rarest.
Also, most anvils I have seen were mounted on big round pieces of trees. Is
that common, or would a stand mounted in concrete be better. I would think
the wood would take out some of the vibrations and shock. But I'm just
Thanks in advance.
Try to avoid cast iron anvils, they tend to mark easilly and be a bit
dead under the hammer. The giveaway for cast anvils is usually raised
lettering as opposed to stamped into the surface. Cast steel anvils are
usually very good.
Names to watch for (good) are Hay Budden, and Peter Wright. They are
not the only good old anvils out there, but they are very common.
The weight is usually marked on them. Hay Budden anvils are marked in
pounds, PW anvils in hundredweight, quarter hundredweight, and pounds
(if it is marked 1 1 1 , thats 112 pounds plus 28 pounds plus 1 pound).
Wood stands are pretty normal. Tree trunk is traditional.
Try to tap test the face of the anvil. A small hammer and light blows
will help to tell if the face plate is delaminated. Tap tap tap along
the surface at about half inch intervals and listen to the sound. iIt
should sound solid and bounce cleanly, with a dead noise from
delaminated areas. Dealmination is not good.
Try over on alt.crafts.blacksmithing
Get an anvil you can move easilly. 100 or so pounds is a nice sice for
casual use, bigger is generally considered better, but consider your needs.
In general terms, $2 a pound seems to be the price point below which
guys start to gloat a bit.