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    Looking for suggestions on first anvil

    I've started working with copper sheets...making bowls and such, but I'd like to find a decent anvil to use just for sheet metal.
    Any suggestions as to what to buy?
    I don't want to spend a lot on one til I see if I want to take metal working serious. Some new anvils are quite expensive. Then there are old ones that bring more than new price.
    I just want something simple and inexpensive for now.
    Any suggestions?
    Is a 9 lb anvil sufficient? Thanks.

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    I do not know good from bad anvil wise but I bought a 55 lb. anvil from harbor freight 20 years ago and have beat on it quite a bit , it has not broke

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    I'm not the expert you are looking for, but from a short "Organic Metalworking" class several years ago I'd expect soft metals, like copper, to be worked on heavy sandbags or wooden forms (maybe hard maple) instead of a true anvil. I guess it depends on what you are doing.

    Also, I remember reviews of the HF anvils. Apparently they long ago offered an anvil which was an exceptional value (from Russia?) that is remember fondly. (That is decent for cheap, it was never called great.) *However* the current HF offerings are derided as "ASO", i.e. Anvil Shaped Objects. All reviews indicate they pretty much got everything wrong with these models, but this is blacksmiths who are working hot steel & iron and may be more demanding than you need.

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