David Reeves posted:
In my area there was a time when you came across anvils all the time at flea markets, estate sales, auctions, etc...it was not uncommon to find nice 140-280lb anvils for 20$-50$... and then one of the scrap yards started gobbling them up. Now a good -used steel anvil with good rebound and nice ring (not cast iron, not cracked, not hollow, etc..) is harder to find - and more expensive than an all original single action colt.
You can buy a new Rigid / Peddinghaus / NC forged steel anvil for 300$ - 2500$ depending on weight, finish, style, etc.
You have to be wary of a LOT of the anvils on Amazon... Chinese made cast iron, sometimes with a "hard" steel plate welded on the top to help a little with the "ring" or "rebound" tests... these are USUALLY powder coated or enameled to help hide the welds or casting seams..
Yep. I’ve heard the same from people all over. Though I still hear about guys finding them for pennies per pound, I got tired of waiting, well I got tired of hunting with no luck. This ones from Texas Farriers Supply, they have earned a very solid reputation for good budget anvil.
I WANT a Nimba. Someday.