I have a great old 200 lb English anvil in my blacksmith shop at my summer home in Minnesota.
A friend gave me a small propane forge for my shop at my home in Indiana.
Now I need an another anvil (one more tool).
I think something about 100 lbs would work for the light occasional forging I will do.
Anyone have a recommendation on what I should buy - brand, etc?
I don't like the idea of an anvil from eBay because the shipping is a killer and you can't check the "ring" before you buy.
Craigslist is your friend. Do NOT buy an import/cheap anvil as most are not even hardened steel. If you buy CL, drop a ball bearing on it and make sure it bounces nearly back to where you drop it from. Some old anvils have suffered through a barn fire at some point in their life and are useless if they have lost their hardened face.Rigid sells a good one made in Germany I think. They certainly do not come cheap, but as with any tool you get what you pay for. http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Forged-Anvils
Look for Hay Budden, Peter Wright, etc. If you pay 1-2$ per pound you're doing well and should always be able to sell for more than you paid so long as the anvil is in decent condition. If you aren't making horeshoes you can sometimes find steals of old farrier's anvils which had their horns broken off and look ugly but are otherwise great.
Post a wanted ad on Criagslist. You might be surprised how many people have one sitting in their bard or garage with no way to get rid of it. I got my 200# peter wright anvil for 75$ from a guy who was sick of it seeing it sitting under a cloth in his garage.
Just checked and their anvils are German made. You may want to also ask around at anvilfire.com
That's Peddinghaus! Arguably the finest anvils ever made! Then Rigid Tool Company bought them, and put them out of business.
Rigid outsourced the Peddinghaus anvils to Kanca in Turkey. They're just as good or even better for the price compared to the real German Peddinghaus anvils.
Ditto for the hammers -- the modern "Kanca's" are every bit as good quality compared to the real Peddinghaus hammers. Aside from the fit and finish, they're easy to identify by the DIN proof marks.