If you want into a useable anvil without much cash outlay, look into Atlas Knife and Tool's Knifemaker anvil. It's only about 67 lbs., but it's basically sawyer's pattern with all the weight under the sweet spot.I don’t own one. Really don’t need one. But, a good deal is a good deal. Next time.
I'm hoping to find me a discounted Hydraulic press because of all the FiF exfans!! I have an old log splitter that I want to make a press with but finding usable steel in my area is impossible lately!! And the time and lack of knowledge. Easy concept, scary potential!!Anvils seem to have started back down in price. They were getting $5 to $6 per pound for decent shape branded anvil. They now seem to be running $4 to $5 fairly often and beat up anvils are around $3.50/lb. I expect the market to continue to loosen up as the early FIF fans that drove up the price decide forging isn’t for them and they exit the hobby.
There was one very close to my house we would go to on Saturdays and get all kinds of stuff CHEAP!!! Unfortunately they sold it a few years back and won't let anyone in the yard anymore. I told them I would sign a wavier to release them from any responsibility if I was hurt, they told me it was against company and insurance policy. Their full of $#!%!!! They just don't want to be bothered with hobbyist! The other one that is relitivly close same story. Lawyers and Insurance Companies ruined this country!!Gliden 07 try a scrap yard , you never know.