Now that my forge is up and running I have quickly come to the realization that my puny anvil isn't cutting the mustard. And as usual, can't seem to find $2400 to spend on a new 300 pound anvil. After doing a bunch of reading on the subject I am liking some of the post anvils I have seen. These appear to be well suited for forging knives. My goal here is a useful post anvil and my budget is $100.
Sources of free to inexpensive steel are the places to go to. My local dump (the guy lets me take stuff as I am a "repurposer"), the junk yards, steel recyclers etc. I am going to be visiting the dump right away.
Sold as QUIKRETE Commercial Grade Anchoring cement. I know there is stronger stuff out there. Shop around. We're looking for "flowable" and "high strength."
And in it goes. At this stage I am guessing this weighs over 100 pounds. As this cures, I will have some time to hunt for scrap to build the anvil face.
I've waited 33 days now. According to the product literature the cement should be reaching the 7,000 psi compressive strength.
Time to put the top on the anvil face.