Some prefer the cast/welded plate anvils for their “quieter” action.
This raised “18” is on the horn end of the anvil, indicating the “ten weight” (my term), putting its weight at 180 lbs (three pounds lighter than the weight Val quoted). I have learned that this is common on Vulcan anvils, as they are cast iron anvils with tool steel faces that are welded to the bases during the casting/forging process.
I have a length of 1″ square stock that might be used to make a few tools for the Hardy hole. Most of the anvils you see for sale are sway backed mules, some with close to an inch of drop on the center of the face. In researching Vulcan anvils through some of the Blacksmithing forums, I get the impression that Vulcans are sneered at by serious iron workers due to their construction.
Some believe that a truly “good” anvil must “ring”, which would indicate it is forged steel.
It is covered with some pretty good divots and it looks like the student used the top of the horn for cutting with a chisel.
The flat cutting table at the front of the main face is the area that is used for cutting.
I just whacked it back in place, and rounded the tip with a file to smooth it out.