View Full Version : Where can I find a large piece of steel?
09-12-03, 07:24 PM
I want to get a fairly large piece of steel to serve as an anvil. Does anyone know where I can find, buy or otherwise acquire a large piece of steel?
Alternatively where can I find a reasonably priced anvil still in workable condition, if this isn't some sort of holy grail?
I live in south Manchester if this is any help.
09-12-03, 07:48 PM
Start phoning scrap yards... Look for something along the lines of a 4" square piece of steel - even mild will do - about as tall as the height of your knuckles above the ground. Set it in a bucket of concrete, and you have a bladesmithing anvil. Not my idea; I think this was Tim Lively's.
Anvils come up on EBay now and again - I wouldn't touch one without being able to inspect it first. Mine is about 3cwt (i.e. overkill for me, but has a nice bounce) and cost me just under £200 in adequate condition. I might do the 4" square thing as well... :)
Scavanged (free - ish):
Piece of old railway track.
11-12-03, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the ideas :)
Where can I find the number for a scrap yard ? Are they listed in a phone book or yellow pages?
The prices for those anvils are scary :yikes:
I was wondering if I should ask these people for prices on steel www.steelexpress.co.uk. Any suggestions apart from mild steel that will make a good anvil?
11-12-03, 03:04 PM
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