A tale of woe.
I had a nice piece of pattern welded steel underway, and was happily pounding away on my cheap piece of crap anvil (which I'd already repaired with a new face).
Blam, blam, blam, thunk... oh dear.
Well I've got to admit it did suffer more abuse than it was designed for.
There's always a good side to every story. After failing miserably in getting an anvil off Ebay, I bit the bullet and this morning purchased a locally made Odweyer anvil. I didn't want the 98 kg one, as it's a bit of over kill for what I do. The 40 kg looked all right, however again it was still over kill. The 20 kg one is what I settled on. It has a nice clean face with well defined hardy hole and pritchel. The horn although designed for horse shoes will make excellent loops and sockets. It has a set of bending stakes cast into the side. The only thing that's missing is a table, but for the price of $385 AUD (or $350 if you're exempt our GST), not too shabby.
So yes I was sad to loose a tool that has helped me make some pretty nice knives, but realise this is going to make my life a little easier.