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For my needs, it suits me pretty well and can be moved without too much trouble. It is of cast steel construction, made of 8630 steel cast in Michigan and is a decent quality piece and has served me well.
New, it costs about $4-$4.50 a pound, and I paid roughly $1.20lb for it.
It had seen maybe 3-5 years of light use, so the deal was right.
I have grown to love the shoe clips on the side of the horn, although many blacksmiths don't take the time to get acquainted with them and simply cut them off.
Some people like Jock Dempsey may feel that an anvil is not suitable for general blacksmithing unless it is at least 200lbs, which has some merits especially if you are going to be working material over 1" in diameter on a semi-regular basis.
However, for a general purpose smith / hobbyist smith, this is definitely not the case.
Not to attack Jock per se, but rather point out that while he is of the opinion that a blacksmith will wear out a farrier anvil or similar anvil under 130lbs in less than a year, I can first handedly attest to this not being the case.
My current anvil is a 115lb Mankel (its more of a blacksmith pattern but still considered a farriers anvil and has been under moderate to heavy use by myself and visitors over the past 5 years that I have had it. So, you might be wondering, why a farrier's anvil when I'm not a farrier?
Hi guys, I recently got a message from a member who mentioned that he was planning on going out to look at some old used anvils but wasn't sure what would be good things to look for in an anvil, and what things would be a good idea to keep clear from.
Here's what I wrote, as I figured it applies well to all of us looking for our first or next anvil.