I'm almost afraid to ask, but here I go anyway... Before the end of the year I am going to acquire a new Anvil. Now, I've read all the comments about "...taking an old anvil any day vs the new ones being made in china..." but that's not what I'm talking about.
A few points I'd like to make:1) I'm willing to spend what it takes to buy quality. 2) I'm interested in technical analysis of the superiority of a given recommendation as opposed to commentary not backed by fact. 3) I'd really appreciate specific reference to where I might find any given recommendations (a URL or address for example). 4) I live in the Dallas, TX area, so vendors located within 3-4 hour drive would be better for me than waiting on shipping.
I'm thinking that 160 - 200 lbs. would be a good range for my needs. I'll be doing bladesmithing and artistic blacksmithing. I would prefer to purchase a US made anvil vs European, but not to sacrifice quality. And I do believe that there are some good manufacturers still making them in the US. Just would like to hear some recommendations from the collective.
Any advice would be most appreciated.