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About njanvilman

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    Fisher & Norris Factory Museum Curator

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    Owner and Curator of the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum, containing all of the remaining artifacts from the Fisher and Crossley eras of anvil production. Also I have the most complete collection of Fisher products including the only existing complete collection of all sizes of anvils and chain vises. PM me to arrange a visit. All in the blacksmithing community are welcome.

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  1. Do not worry about what it looks like under the horn. Fisher anvils are cast upside down. It looks like some slag floated to the top and stayed there while cooling. It will not affect the anvil. The indestructible paint has appeared on a few of my anvils. I have soaked for over a month in Simple Green, and the paint is mostly laughing at it. If some remains, so what. The face of the anvil looks OK as a good user anvil. It will give you years of service.
  2. The serial number located on the front right base is used to date Trenton anvils. They made lots of different weights.
  3. Nice anvil. Do NOT grind the torch marks. They will not be in the way of any work you will do.
  4. If you have any specific questions about the anvil, I will try to answer them. So far you have gotten good advise. Remove the paint, wire wheel it, then let's see what you have. Do not get too aggressive with a grinder or sanding disc. Slight casting flaws under the horn and heel are of no concern. Eventually if you want to learn about the history of the company, look up fishernorris.com to get the link to my new book.
  5. New addition to the Fisher & Norris Museum: 50 lb Fisher, no markings, made in the late 40s/early 50s. This anvil has never been used. Note the factory grind marks on the face. Learn all about why this was not marked in my book on the History of Fisher & Norris. Scroll up to find the link for ordering.
  6. Rare Fisher item from the Museum. 3" square stake made by F&N with the original wooden pattern. This was made sometime in the 1860s/1870s. Remember my book is available.
  7. Fishers are great anvils. When you find a good one, it will be a lifetime anvil, and beyond for many generations. If you love your Fisher anvil, you will love to read the story of the company that produced them. Link to find and buy my book: shop.fishernorris.com.
  8. Your order will go out this morning. Spread the word. Thanks.
  9. Thanks. You will enjoy the book.
  10. I think what you are getting at is the heart of the difference between cast anvils made off of a pattern, and forged anvils that were essentially handmade by the hammermen. I am impressed by the consistency of the product the forged anvil maker produced. I can spot a HB anvil from 100 feet away!
  11. My book, "The History of Fisher & Norris, Eagle Anvil Works" is now available to purchase. Click here. Books and other posters and merchandise are available. This book is the culmination of over twenty years of research that started when Richard Postman published "Anvils in America" in 1998. The whole story of how all of this happened, the history of the company, people, products, technology and many anecdotes is included. 376 pages, full color, cloth bound hard cover, dust jacket. Includes photos and images all all of the significant people involved in the business over almost
  12. Printer promised deliver tomorrow, May 12. I am waiting conformation right now.
  13. I read this old thread about Anvil Collections and came across this. I don't even remember writing it. The answer is: Yes, my book is done, and I am expecting delivery this week. I self published. I set my self a deadline to have it ready for ABANA 2020. That forced me to finish. I will post information about availability as soon as I physically have the books. In the 10 years since this thread was started, the "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum" collection has about doubled in scope. As I predicted in 2010, I found tons more information about Fisher History and artifacts. I th
  14. According to Anvils in America, made approx 1910.
  15. If you post photos and dimensions, I will try to help you. Also, check out "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum".
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