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Old 04-08-2021, 05:37 PM   #1
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Vintage Anvil

I'm working on finishing up my shop and have a need for a good quality anvil. I am looking for a vintage working anvil in the 150 to 400 pound range.
The smaller anvils have become collectable and have gone up ridiculously in price. I am looking for the big one that nobody wants to move.
Please PM me with any anvil you might have or a contact for someone who has one for sale.
Please don't fill this thread with "why don't you check here" or "this person may know someone" posts. Solid leads only.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:32 AM   #2
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My wife is a blacksmith. Anvil prices go up per pound the heavier they are unlike most other things. Big anvils are very much sought after.
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:48 AM   #3
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My wife is a blacksmith. Anvil prices go up per pound the heavier they are unlike most other things. Big anvils are very much sought after.
So, are anvils just not made anymore? I can appreciate why you might not be able to buy a 400lb anvil on Amazon and have it shipped with Prime, and I'm conscious of the idea that, well, it's an ANVIL, not a common "wear item" but a durable good.

But I'd still think someone still manufactures them, I would have though that there might be a surge in demand with shows like Forged in Fire being popular.
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I see alot of Railroad track anvils around kinda cheap.
Or.
Try calling some local Ferrier.
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Old 04-09-2021, 11:28 AM   #5
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I see alot of Railroad track anvils around kinda cheap.
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Try calling some local Ferrier.
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Old 04-09-2021, 01:45 PM   #6
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So, are anvils just not made anymore? I can appreciate why you might not be able to buy a 400lb anvil on Amazon and have it shipped with Prime, and I'm conscious of the idea that, well, it's an ANVIL, not a common "wear item" but a durable good.

But I'd still think someone still manufactures them, I would have though that there might be a surge in demand with shows like Forged in Fire being popular.
you can definitely buy them new. first google hit for me
https://www.centaurforge.com/Anvils/departments/141/
$6 and up per pound.

anvils do not last forever. they do last a long time but not quite forever. they are very susceptible to abuse, especially the old ole ones that are a cast steel (iron maybe) base with a piece of tougher steel laminated to the top you actually strike against. that top surface can chip or crack completely off if you're abusing it.

forged in fire and the maker movement and youtube and all that stuff have definitely shot prices up. over the last decade+ $1/pound when i first started buying random shit i didn't need off the internet 20 years ago. used is probably 4-5/lb easy these days?


RR track is better than nothing but isn't really a good anvil unless you stand it on end. sounds like Lonster wants a real anvil tho
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Thanks for your input everyone.
I KNOW how much they cost and what others might be looking for.
I know that they make new cast crap and new forged anvils too.
YES, I am already looking on craigslist/facebook marketplace/etc.
What I want from YOU people is an anvil, or a phone number for someone who has an anvil for sale.
Thanks again for your help.
Oh, and wstick1:
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good luck with the search, and if you find two let me know
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Pretty sure theres an entire YouTube channel dedicated to guys dropping anvils off of a big tower on top of...things.
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If anvils were made at some point, I would guess the molds are still around (or are they forged instead of cast...I've no idea.) Could one be fabricated? Seems like a great job for a CNC too. There's probably about 46 things that make this really challenging that I don't know about.
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