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  1. Considering that you guys don't have 230V but 220V at the best of times, I would go for 35 and up, See what's available in the electrical supplies shop. Contactors or starters like you call them are not expensive and are great for remote starting, that is when the switch is some distance from the motor.
  2. Considering that harem refers to the women's quarters and not really a collective noun and only by extension, the same as hive is not a collective noun for bees ... yet swarm is .... mm perhaps the women in a harem would like to swarm rather than fester ... never mind ... harem seems like an inappropriate noun for a group of anvils. Maybe we should ask what is an appropriate collective noun for anvils? A bunch? An array? A stash? A tumult?
  3. 8 and one forge seems like a bit of a joke. Conceded there are some real monster gas forges out there, but normal size 2 burners it is for 2 people full stop. On a coal forge of a decent size you may get away with 3, but it all depends of what you do. If everyone is heating up a 3/8" rod to make a hook, you can have a dozen. If you are making scrolls, you will need the forge for yourself.
  4. You need one rated at 30 amp or more. Pretty common in industrial electrical suppliers down here. You can also buy a contactor and have it in a box. The contactor can be operated with any ordinary switch located anywhere you want, and can be toggle, lever, etc.
  5. Why do you think there is such a healthy supply of post vice and such a shortage of anvils? Did they made more vices than anvils? May be post vices are not cool? May be "Forged in fire" does not show a post vice? Yep .... that must be it
  6. Most likely depending on location and method of search. Having said that even the most unlikely search methods like ebay and marketplace have some for sale. Just saw one on market place. "For sale is this one of a kind Gorgeous Antique, hand pinched, cast iron, fully operating, 1800s blacksmith post leg Vice/Vise.:
  7. Conflicting hierarchies. What I create and see only concerns me. Your perceptions are your creation. As for the cost of setting yourself up for blacksmithing, it depends of so many variables that it is almost pointless to debate. Starting from what you intend to do. If you want to make small decorative objects, that is probably the cheapest set up. Large objects may need bigger tools and machinery. Knifemaking from what I hear, can be expensive too if you want to have the full set up yet I am sure it can also be done on the cheap. Someone living in a rural area may have it cheaper due to room available and no neighbours complaining of smoke and noise. Too many things to consider that is why ti is pointless to call something "expensive", unless someone needs an excuse to call it sour grapes and walk. When it comes to cost of set up I am always reminded of a guy living in Taiwan that makes hammers and other tools and sells them on the internet. He lives in an apartment and his set up is on a ground floor balcony or similar arrangement.
  8. Everything you see is a holographic representation of your own creation ... or so I believe anyway
  9. It's funny when you think of the prices just 7 years ago. All is relative. I disagree with the idea that blacksmithing is "expensive" Besides the fact that expensive or cheap is very subjective and relative to your wallet size and predisposition to spend, there is no need to start with a 500 lb Refflinghaus, 100 ton Anyang and 150 ton forging press natural gas forge with 3 phase blower and a forklift to move stuff around in an air conditioned 3000 sq feet shed with piped in ambient music. Considering how easy folks decide to fork out thousands in smart phones and laptops and notebooks, I think that blacksmithing taken as a hobby can be way cheaper than carpentry for example, cheaper than "gaming" on a rocket propelled computer with 3 screens, cheaper than boating, scuba diving, gliding and many more activities. Then again, if you want to have the lot yesterday ... you will probably need to spend a few bobs to stock up "everything". Still ... if you are determined, you can start with little money, and even with no money at all. Sure it will be a tad harder. Professional is a different story. It depends of what you do and if the investment will pay for itself and make a profit. No point starting a factory for stuff no one will buy. What was the question again?
  10. Should have thought of using Google Italy. if you google "Incudine FEP" a few hits there.
  11. Blacksmith say: If you can't hide it ... feature it!
  12. Nice anvil. Never mind the marks on the face, don't even think of grinding it flat. Just working on it will make it better slowly, depend what you do. Anchors forging! Wow, I would have liked to see that. You would expect the anvil to be much larger even for small anchors ... who knows! His grandfather's striker must have been one eyed, so many missed hit! The marks on the side of the anvil are intriguing. It was a bad habit to test the temper of chisels on the side of the anvil but those marks are rather dull and resemble more peen hammer marks than chisel ... (?) So Italian manufacturer? The other thread says it may have been Serbian. Whatever it is it will serve you well. What do you make, or intend to make?
  13. Harry, The gage you are using is not ideal to butt join however the shape of that cup should aid in the strength department. Hard to say without experimenting. If I were to make something like that I would tig braze it, or oxy/acetylene braze it. Latticino has given you good pointers and riveting is a good idea. The say goes ... if you can't hide it, feature it. This is the sort of job that you need to work out by yourself or, talk to someone who works regularly with brass. I don't. I still don't understand why your recent attempt failed. Do you have a picture of the solder and flux used?
  14. Harry, you are funny. Don't despair, soft soldering is relatively easy so my guess is that you have the wrong solder, the wrong flux, the wrong heating tool and no practice. All can be overcome with a bit of patience. Frosty's idea to go to a welding supply seems like a good idea. if the desk jockey has experience and this can be a big if. Then again, you may be in luck xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Brass can be soft or hard soldered with the right alloy and the right heat. Brass wire solder according to this supplier has 38% silver and the rest is brass, so I gather it would be very expensive, and I wouldn't tell anyone to use an oxy torch without experience. Try practicing with a soldering iron and some soft solder wire with it's own flux to get you started, may be some copper cable, copper tubing then try a few offcuts of that material.