Hank Rearden

 What is your Dream Anvil? 23  votes

 Amitage "Mousehole" 1 vote
4%
 Fisher Norris 5 votes
21%
 Hay Budden 2 votes
8%
 N.C Tool 1 vote
4%
 Peddinghaus 1 vote
4%
 Refflinghaus 2 votes
8%
 Sodderfor "Paragon" 2 votes
8%
 Star 2 votes
8%
 Trenton 1 vote
4%
 Vulcan 1 vote
4%
 Wright "Henry" 1 vote
4%
 Wright "Peter" 3 votes
13%
 Other Describe below Thanks 1 vote
4%
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Everyone who has an anvil has it for a reason. I'm curious if the genie granted the wish that you could have any anvil you wanted; What anvil would you choose? Post a comment below why you picked the answer you did.
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Dustin Stephens
At this point, I just want the genie to bring my anything!!
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jmccustomknives
When I first started looking for an anvil I thought the Fisher was a second tier anvil.  I was a little dissapointed when I followed the leed and saw the eagle.  But after working on it, no finer anvil could I have found.  If you've seen my video's you'll notice how quiet it is.  It has rebound that will hurt you if you're not careful and it really moves the metal.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
I picked up my first anvil off of Ebay, an early fisher anvil. When I went to pick it up the seller was a no show. Then they had one of their kids drop it off at my. That's when I saw what wasn't disclosed in the pictures or description. The body was pitted under the face plate. Over all it's still a good anvil. I wanted an anvil pretty bad so I excepted it as is. Seller was still a bum in my book for being deceitful.

I did pick up a Soderfor Paragon by placing an ad on craigslist. The man was retired and closing his diesel shop. 203lbs of steel bliss. Looks like a few spots got kissed by a grinder at best. Keep your eyes open they will turn up.
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Anthony San Miguel
This is such a TOUGH question because there are quite a few wonderful anvils. Hay Budden are my favorite but I think if the genie gave me one wish for an anvil I would probably wish for a Nimba. It would be a tough choice because I can think of all the other wonderful anvils that I would want.
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NorrinRadd
I voted for Star because I like mine. It is pretty quiet and very solid. I'd like to have the biggest one I they ever made. Although there is a seller on ebay from Autria that always has some really cool looking old church window anvils that I'm always drawn too, I'd just be afraid to work them.
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Anthony San Miguel
NorrinRadd wrote:
I voted for Star because I like mine. It is pretty quiet and very solid. I'd like to have the biggest one I they ever made. Although there is a seller on ebay from Autria that always has some really cool looking old church window anvils that I'm always drawn too, I'd just be afraid to work them.


I understand your feeling about working on the Austrian anvils with the deep church windows. Some of them look too majestic to hammer hot steel on. I have this one and since I got it it has become the anvil I use the most but I treat it with the reverence that it deserves. JEBprincess.jpg  JEBshop.jpg
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Hank Rearden
How nice is that! They are works of art all by themselves. I would use it as a place to set my keys when I walked in the front door. But, my wife probably wouldn't allow it. Maybe. I think. Who knows she might.  
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jmccustomknives
I've always loved those old church window anvils too.  But the question was, "what anvil would you want to work on?".  I've worked on several different, from a Kohlswa to a Mousehole (RR track too, but that don't count).  The Mousehole was kinda soft compared to the others.  The Kohlswa was like working on a church bell. 

I keep a ball bearing for testing.

My 200lb Fisher has close to a 90% rebound.  Noise level- low.
The Kohlswa had around 80-85% rebound.  Noise level - my ears are still ringing.
The Mousehole was around 70-75% rebound.  Noise level- Fair.
For laughs, both the RR track and my post anvil (made from forklift forks) have around 50% rebound.  RR track- noisy.  Post anvil - fair.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Anthony San Miguel wrote:


I understand your feeling about working on the Austrian anvils with the deep church windows. Some of them look too majestic to hammer hot steel on. I have this one and since I got it it has become the anvil I use the most but I treat it with the reverence that it deserves.   


That is a very cool anvil. No telling what all has been made on that thing. 
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