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Striking Anvils
March 30, 2017
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Hey everyone,

I’m new here and I’m looking to start a small business supplying cheaper, quality anvils and tools. I am testing this industry with a simple yet pivotal part of every smiths shop, his anvil. Below are the specifications of the striking anvils, I am also looking at making a solid stand as well so there is no need to scrounge around for a stump or craft your own base for the anvil. The anvils are made from A36 steel plate, non-hardened, they will have a waterjet cut 1 inch hardy hole and they will be selling for $150 each. Still designing the stand for these so I don’t have a price for them yet, but the legs will be pre-filled with a sand/oil mixture to deaden the sound and vibration. If you want a stand we will weld it to the base to eliminate the need for that step.

I am a blacksmith hobbyist myself and I have looked online for something like this for a while now and never found them so I figured I would try and supply. It is so hard to find a quality striking face for beginner blacksmiths or hobby blacksmiths. 

Please leave me feedback, I can change anything about these anvils right now, as I am in the planning phase of this still. Constructive feedback is highly appreciated. With my metal supplier right next door to my shop I can get these cut and shipped in a week.

I will only be selling and shipping within the united states.

 

Striking Anvil

A36 Steel Plate

12 inches long X 5 inches wide X 2.5 inches thick 

 

Thank for your time.

March 31, 2017
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I’ve had quite a few people asking about getting a harder steel so there is not as much deformation should you mishit. I can make these out of AR400 but that will bump up to $250 per due to the increase cost in the steel plate. I was shooting for the $150 range for beginners and teens and lower budget individuals but if this sounds better to any of you please let me know as the AR400 is much harder, it is not tool steel, but it can take quite a bit more abuse. 

March 31, 2017
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I’m interested. Any idea what the cost would be with the stand?

I have a chunk of 3″ plate that’s a bit smaller than yours that I’ve been meaning to build into a striking anvil but don’t have a welder so haven’t put a stand together for it yet. 

Having a packaged deal with a slightly heavier anvil sounds appealing.

Personally I’d be fine with plain mild steel. There’s some in between options like A572 that are only about 30% more expensive.

-Julien

March 31, 2017
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Thanks for the reply Julien nice to see more people interested. Yeah tha’ts how I was looking at it, lots of people enjoy building your own anvil or scrounging around for one but if I could get the price down low enough and have a nice striking anvil that comes pre-welded to the stand then hell i would have bought one of these when i started blacksmithing. I looked into the A572 Julian but I have not pulled numbers with my supplier yet for that steel. I was planning on just doing A36 but then had someone ask about AR so I went down that road. Come monday I can get pricing for the A572 and I will post it on here as well. My only issue is, and it is the only way to keep these cheap is to order a full 4×8 plate at a time. Otherwise my supplier has to hang on to it and store that steel hoping someone else comes along and buys it so the cost practically doubles. I will get pricing for that steel and get back to you on Monday. To answer your question sorry about the sidetrack, my colleague and I are just finalizing the stand design, material, and labor pricing but it will be in the $60 range, so the full setup with stand will be about $210 plus shipping. 

March 31, 2017
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Whipped up basic dimensions in CAD for easy veiw, working CAD of the stand will be posted soon.Striking-Anvil-V1.jpgImage Enlarger

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April 1, 2017
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Just in case none of you have ever used one of these or heard of them here is Alec Steele’s video on them. Very good blacksmith, he is out of england, I’m a huge fan.

 

April 4, 2017
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I am also very interested.Really enjoy Alec’s video. Shoot me a message if you are going to start doing these.

April 4, 2017
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I am going to start doing these, I am making the first one now, base and anvil so I can get pictures uploaded to my website. The first batch is about three weeks out. All the business stuff is getting done this week, finalizing website, and getting all the legal crap out of the way. Then first batch will be cut and stands will be made. Still don’t know if I should make a base for every anvil or if people will just buy the anvils by themselves, but that is a small issue. This is happening everyone. 🙂

May 9, 2017
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I would absolutely be interested. I’m also a newbie and that would be right up my alley and in my price point!! Let me know when you’re up and running.

 

RD

May 9, 2017
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Might be too late for you, but if you’re a member of the NWBA and are in the area, you may want to try to bring 1 or 2 to the conference this weekend to try to sell ’em, or get an idea of the market.

May 16, 2017
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Swaptoberfest is coming up in October 27-29. This would also be a good opportunity to put these before an informed public.

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May 31, 2017
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Hey everyone,

Sorry about the lapse in news as to this project, had some life issues come up and it put a major damper on this, however it is finally ready. Below is my website, if you have any questions please e-mail me, input is always welcome as well. Thanks for being patient guys.

Ben
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June 6, 2017
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Changed the design and turned the feet in to minimize footprint. IMG_0566.JPGImage Enlarger

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So on all forums I’ve had a lot of guys wanting a tool steel working surface, so I looked into welding an O1 tool steel 1/2″ plate on the top of the A36 block which would add 10lbs to the overall weight. However, this will add $200 to the total cost, this stuff is expensive, i don’t have a problem doing this but I will need orders already placed to cover the extra expense, because it’s really hard to stock these if noone will buy them because of the higher price. I will update the website with pricing and options, If this sounds interesting to any of you who are interested in buying one please let me know and I can get these ordered.

I have only priced out O1 so if any of you would like a different tool steel then let me know, I can also look into AR400+. 

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