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  1. You could always put a piece of pipe in the toaster oven and preheat that, then place the blade inside the pipe for the temper cycle.
  2. Serial number on the right is common for Trenton, shapes looks right too. I'd guess the markings on the side were there, just covered by the paint/rust/patina.
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    Rest in Peace, Larry Langdon

    From his obit Larry Lee Langdon, passed away May 31, 2018 in Buhl, he was 47 years old. A memorial service to remember Larry's life is being planned for Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.. The service will be held at the Flag Display at the West End Cemetery in Buhl. A full obituary will be added soon.
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    To Dress or Not To Dress

    For the angle grinder, try a flap wheel. Something around an 80 or 100 grit should give a nice balance between metal removal and surface finish.
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    Champion Blower Fan Blade Removal

    I thought this topic had been covered before, so I looked through the past couple pages of the bellows/blowers section and found this. Should solve your issue (along with a generous penetrating oil soak)
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    To Dress or Not To Dress

    Don't worry about the pein ends for the most part, the radius looks pretty good but the corners could be rounded over a bit more. On the flat face ends, you will want to round off the sharp corner edges to gradually transition from the face to the sides. Any sharp corners will leave marks in your work. Typically you don't want a perfectly flat face, a slight dome will do for most work. Go slow with the grinding, don't overheat the faces or you will affect the hardness of the face. Shape the handles to fit your preference. I like more of an elongated octagon shape. And I recommend burning off the varnish, leaving a light char on the wood with a coat of boiled linseed oil.
  7. Never saw one that shape before, but the seam running nose to tail screams cast iron.
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    Help Identify This Fisher

    I suggest you start here: You already provided the obvious answers, it's a Fisher anvil, made in 1893, weighing 140 pounds. Looks to be in good condition from what we can see in the photo. What more do you want to know about it?
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    Hello from the other side of the world... Sort of?

    Welcome Josh, and thank you for your service. You'll find lots of great information here. Do your research and read the posted stickies, you'll be amazed at how much you'll learn here.
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    I'm a dad!

    Congratz Aric, amazing how quickly your whole outlook on life changed in that moment, isn't it? Wishing nothing but the best for you and momma.
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    Getting into more trouble

    As the person doing the teaching, it is your group. You are responsible for their learning and safety and as such need to be the one to tell them what is going to be done. I used to take my portable kit to summer camp and had the boys come thru for classes as their schedules permitted so I can speak from experience. Safety should be your #1 concern and you should have plenty of adult supervision to keep an eye out for potentially dangerous situations. Even better yet, have the adults do the project first under your supervision so they really understand what to look out for. From what you have described so far, you will not be teaching them the metalworking merit badge because there are set skills you need to work on and build upon. It sounds like you want to give them a taste of blacksmithing, and that is a great thing. Rather than having them jump right in and trying to hammer out a knife-shaped-object from a railroad spike, maybe scale it back a bit and make a simpler blacksmith knife/letter opener type project (simple blade, drawn out handle that is twisted and folded over to make a loop). They would have much more success hammering a piece of 3/8" round bar to get a desired shape than they would with a spike.
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    Watering Can

    And if you poke some holes in the bottom of the can, you can use it to sprinkle the fire rather than pouring the water on. Get creative and only poke a couple holes off to one side and you can still use it as a pour or sprinkle.
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    5th year forging

    Re-create your first complete project to compare how far you've come with your technique. See if you can make it better, faster, prettier than you did originally.
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    Dive Knife

    When it is at the correct temperature, titanium moves very easy. Problem is, it doesn't stay at the correct temperature for very long.
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    Double screw vise

    I'm no expert on this style, but it looks to me that without the chain in place to drive the lower screw, turning the handle would cause a bind between the upper and lower screws. Trying to force it to turn would lock it up and could bend the screws or break some other component. Should be fairly easy to get a good guess on the needed chain size using the pin diameter and width off of the gears and measuring the distance between the upper and lower gear to calculate the length.