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  1. Finally finished all the cleaning and reassembled the vice. Electrolysis took a long time. Upon better inspection, you can see the grain structure of the wrought iron. The jaws are parallel but slightly misaligned in the height, about 1 mm and you can see a gap between the jaws when fully closed. I forged a wedge to lock the pivot pin And I welded a stopper for the thrust washer (if you are a purist, look away now!) The vice feels very solid and the operation is very smooth. The movable jaw does not wiggle at all sideways. Hope you enjoyed the project, I am only sorry I do not have/had wrought iron to make the missing pieces. How old do you guys think this vice is? thanks
  2. What is better than doing something? Overdoing it!
  3. So Thomas Powers, you think I have here a wrought iron vice? To confirm, I can always put a portion inside acid an see what happens...
  4. After some rust cleaning electrolysis you can see details on how the vice was forged. These pictures were taken before applying oil on the surface.
  5. I went back to the dealer to take a better look at the vice. Indeed it weighs 50 kg, but...but there was too much corrosion. One of the face plates was flaking, as if it was in touch for a long time with the soil or fertilizer. I decided not to buy.
  6. Thank you very much for the answer. I am also having a "buy attack" for this vice. What is better than a vice? A lot of them, right? I suppose the same principle applies to other tools, anvils in particular. About the pile of vices, the guy is an antique tool dealer and he imports a lot of used tools from Germany, mainly vices and anvils. He has no post vice you can "plug and run". All of them need some sort of repair and lubrication. But the variety is amazing, leg vises, bench mechanic vises, wagon blacksmith vises, and hand vises of all sizes. Nice place.
  7. Thank you very much @jlpservicesinc. I saw what you describe in pictures people sent me and in pictures I saw on the internet. Also yesterday I visited again the blacksmith antique seller and there was an example similar to my vice I could inspect in "person" but the washer was secured by a bolt, not a rivet. Also, when I place correctly the thrust washer it sits nice and flush with the movable jaw, even with the apparent bent claws (ears). So the two protruding bits of metal in the washer are in contact with the screw's head and allow the face (of the screw's head) to stay straight. What puzzles me is that the contact point between the thrust washer and the screw head is minimal, so my question is, is this small contact enough? I have a bit of bronze, probably I will make a bronze washer I will insert between the thrust washer and the screw. About the blind rivet, instead of locking a blind rivet in that hole, I can weld plug the hole and then weld a stopper for the thrust washer. It will strengthen the movable jaw for sure and less prone to loose components. What do you guys think?
  8. Greetings. I went for a "vice picture session" where I bought my latest two vices. I found this curiosity A vice with two braces riveted This looks like a repair several decades old. I must add I estimate the vice weighs at least 50 kg. What do you guys think?
  9. Thank you very much for your kind advice. I thought I got a complete German blacksmith vice, I would make only a clean up, reassemble, but it seems I am missing some components related with the thrust washer and screw shield. You can see the thread here Even though the vice construction points to an "old" model, it looks like it is made of mild steel. I will make a spark test and an acid test to confirm. I want to plug this hole it is 25 mm deep and 18 mm wide. So, what is your opinion? Thanks
  10. Greetings. Can I arc weld wrought iron with 6010 or 7018 electrodes? Thanks
  11. Sorry for the lousy picture, it was raining! The spring is about 20 cm long. The guy I bought the vice from, had few more modern (and much more expensive) German leg vices and indeed they have the "V" shaped spring.
  12. Thank you very much for your kind help. I will try to reproduce those components. I managed to take apart the vice (I love my flypress!) and these are the holes in the movable jaw. Probably the bolt broke inside the jaw? after cleaning I will try to figure out.
  13. Thank you. Do you have detailed pictures of the components? Also from the inside, there are holes over there I suppose to secure some sort of shield to the threaded rod. Thanks
  14. Got this vice, very rusty, movable parts seized in place except for the screw and "nut". It weighs 40 kg. The vice seems to had been used with care and good maintenance. Apparently, there are no bends or dings, no missing parts or cracks. It looks like that someone stopped using the vice and just removed it outdoors and stayed there for years exposed to the elements. The screw is in mint condition and jaws are parallel. The hole in the screw's head, where the handle passes, is fairly wide (even oval) for the handle diameter, pointing for extensive use of the vice. Also the pivot pin (yes a pin, not a screw) is secure by a wedge, that is missing. One thing I do not understand is that why are there 2 claws in the thrust washer 90 degrees in relation to keys that fit perfectly into slots on the movable jaw. If you guys have some information on this, please let me know. One final question, what is the manufacturer and how old do you thing this vice is? thanks
  15. Use either wood or metal stand. Metal my preference. You may design a stand that allows you to secure firmly that chunk of steel both on "vertical" position for general forging and "horizontal" position to straighten long pieces. That chunk weighs about 50 kg, you can always add a bit more of weight with a metal stand.