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Offline john k

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Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« on: April 16, 2017, 11:40:02 PM »
Was in an antique mall, not a very upscale one either.  Have bought tools and old stuff there often.  New booth, anvils and tools.  Six anvils, with the biggest a very nice Peter Wright, 126lbs.  Used but  by no means abused.  But the price, $1,150.   This comes out over 9 dollars per pound,  for a long time anvils were two bucks a pound.   Lately nicer ones have been creeping up past $3 a pound, especially those on the good side of 100lbs.   Thought the price was goofy,  then looked over the others, good users, 50-85lbs.  Same thing, 450 and 550.   Another smoker of them strange cigarettes?   Anyone else seeing something like this?

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 11:43:22 PM »
Typical around here.
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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 09:38:54 AM »
A year ago, I found an anvil weighing about 100 lbs and he wanted 100 dollars for it.
I passed on it because of the visible crack thru it.
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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 09:30:20 PM »
Saw this in the current Market Bulletin today.

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 10:04:23 PM »
Anvils bring stupid prices here too. I bought a no name 100lber a few years ago for $200 and was happy to get it at that price.
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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 10:42:16 PM »
For any serious blacksmith work a 100lb. is really needed.  Less than that and the anvil can bounce.  Trust me.   Most old shops had their big one in the 200-300lb. range.  When they get up to $4 or so, one can order a new one that is made in Sweden or Germany. 

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2017, 12:13:02 AM »
Was back at that antique mall today,  another stall with anvils.   A good Hay Budden, (great brand)  about 125lbs.  $1,100.  NINE dollars a pound.  The other booth had the big Peter Wright missing, I asked,  said a guy came in a bought it, $1,150.  Over NINE dollars a pound.    What these folks, buyers and sellers  don't understand is that a brand new, high quality Swedish or German anvil can be bought for the same money.  They still had these little cast but very old 50 lb. anvils, still in the 400-500 dollar range.  Some people just don't do their research. 

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2017, 10:05:59 AM »
.....Some people just don't do their research.

But some do.
Like these sellers.
There are buyers at $9.
It's called capitalism.

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2017, 12:16:36 PM »
This is why I don't own an anvil.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to have one, but I cannot justify the prices of new ones as I won't use one enough, and the used ones are either as pricey as new ones around here, or they're just trashed and all of the corners are entirely wrecked.  Sometimes even the wrecked ones are up in the $9/lb price range.

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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 02:31:18 PM »
I could never justify the cost for the use it would get. I do have an old piece of train track that works for what I need.  thumbsup2
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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 01:39:54 AM »
This is why I don't own an anvil.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to have one, but I cannot justify the prices of new ones as I won't use one enough, and the used ones are either as pricey as new ones around here, or they're just trashed and all of the corners are entirely wrecked.  Sometimes even the wrecked ones are up in the $9/lb price range.

Same here.
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Re: Blacksmith anvil, OUCH $$$
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