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  1. C.S.A tag on anvil

    Markings tend to point to a 200# Trenton, overall shape also looks like Trenton, bottom surface shape could confirm it. Most likely will find a pill-shaped depression.
  2. The Temple Boxer

    Impressive as always. I don't recall seeing that lock mechanism before, very creative way to hold the knife in the scabbard.
  3. Chipped piece off of Axe

    Perhaps Mr Overhill is a cousin to Mr Underhill
  4. New bladesmithing specific logo - looking for input

    I get what you are trying to do, but I have to agree that the lettering of the NAZZ is too busy. As a suggestion, bump the letters apart by one pixel to separate them and compensate by increasing the anvil outline by one pixel all around. I like the shape of the sword on the left better than the right. Add one clear pixel between the hammer handle and anvil to separate them.
  5. Stuck in the city. Now what?

    A college sponsored club might be another option, if your school promotes such things.
  6. Church sign

    I like it so far. The only thing that looks a little off to me may be the lengths of the legs on the cross. The horizontal bars appear to be much longer than the top vertical bar, that might be what is throwing it off just a bit. Scrolls look pretty uniform and have a nice flow to them. Look forward to seeing the finished project.
  7. Use it as-is and get/make a portable hole for any hardy tooling. Attempting to "repair" it won't add to the value, more likely it will reduce it and the heat input from that much welding will impact the hardness of the existing face. I wouldn't want to think about re-heat treating an anvil that big. I'm glad you saved it from a life as an address marker, put it to use.
  8. Photos not showing for me, just a string of numbers in their place.
  9. 2 Dog Face... or Dog Head ?

    Nice hammers. As a side note, it looks like the corners of the slot you punched have pretty sharp corners. This could lead to stress risers and cracking. Might want to consider rounding the corners off of the slot punch.
  10. Sounds interesting in theory, but borax has a melting temp of 1369°F so you'd be looking at a crucible heated to at least that temp, and I have no idea what would happen when you cool it down at the end of the session (can you reheat and reuse?). I'd also think you'd need a significant amount in the pot to melt down initially.
  11. Simple Hunter

    Very nicely executed. One minor comment, I might have shortened up the scales just in front of the finger slot. They look a little fragile being that thin right at the cutting edge of the blade.
  12. Beautiful work. I really appreciate all the details you put into this gate. The upsets, wraps, rivets, and collars all flow with the overall design nicely.
  13. New to me Swage Block and Stand

    My very crude estimate puts that swage block around 200 pounds, and the stand probably weighs close to that also. They look to be in great shape and have many useful shapes. It will also make a perfect horizontal surface to stack many more things on top of it.
  14. copper rose and shaker box

    Both the roses and the box are very nicely done. Looks like the texturing on the box took a while to do. On the roses, is that a steel stem/leaves or is that copper also? One thing I always liked was to add some serrations to the edges of the leaves for a little more realistic take on them.
  15. Looking at the leaf attempt, I might have a couple suggestions that could help. Only rotate the bar to set-down the leaf part 0° and 90° (not all four sides), and it looks like you may have had your tong hand too high. When doing the set-down, hold the bar at a lower angle to the anvil face (looks like you may have been lifted up at 45°). This will give you a more defined shoulder. Only work the mild steel in the orange-yellow range, when it drops down into the reds it fights you more. You can straighten that twist out pretty easy when the bar is hot. Get yourself a block of modeling clay to practice on, moves a lot like hot metal without wasting the fuel and heating time.