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    New smithing club

    That's awesome, hope they have a good mentor leading the program. Thanks for sharing the link, I never heard the little known fact at the end of the story before "The Catholic church once prosecuted blacksmiths as witches because the work they did in cathedrals looked so three-dimensional and lifelike that the officials couldn’t believe it came from flat pieces of iron."
  2. And using the magic of Paint and Excel...
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    Kind of disappointed with this one.

    Personally, I really like the patterning of the lacewood and would'n't have noticed the slight glue line if you hadn't brought it up. Beautiful knife all around in my eyes.
  4. To answer your specific question on the hammers, the one on the left is more "finished" in my eyes. You took the additional time with the flatter, grinder, file, whatever to remove the fuller marks on the cheeks and pein. But, this level of detail also brings it closer to the appearance of "factory made" spectrum. To some, the fuller marks add character to the piece and proudly proclaim that it is hand made. To others, it is a sign of quick and sloppy work. Does it affect how the hammer functions? Does it make one better than the other? Not at all. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. I've heard that the level of acceptability for smiths from 100 years ago was to not leave hammer marks and rough surfaces. Whatever the trend of the day is seems to dictate what is acceptable, and every customer is looking for something different, even if you are that customer. As the person making the piece, we will always see the flaws and the part will never be truly finished in our eyes. But we must be able to see when a part is done.
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    Thoughts on this ASO

    I would agree that it is probably a Badger. They are supposedly rare and were one-third the cost of a similar sized Trenton back in the day, according to an advert I have. I also found a label online that details how they were produced.
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    Just showing off something (picture heavy)

    That is a beautiful piece of work. Thanks for including the close-up photos of some of the details. It looks like he may have used angle iron for the individual scroll parts where they meet up with the main frame and with the S-hook scrolls. Definitely one for the inspiration folder.
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    Holland Anvil Swage Block 1

    I saw the ads on Ebay and Craigslist. Personally, I'm blacklisting both people. But I have to agree that people too lazy to do the research to find the manufacturer, especially when the foundry name is so clearly shown in the photos, are destined to pay more. I'm very pleased with mine and took it to my local club meeting to show it off.
  8. Very nice hammer and an excellent video showing the process. Thanks for sharing.
  9. As has been already mentioned, it's your anvil to do with as you choose. If you still want to flatten up the top face, you should first grind/mill the bottom face. Set the anvil upside down on the working face to make the base parallel with the top face. That way, when you flip it over to kiss the top face, you'll be removing as little material as possible from the hardened face. If you don't do this and the top/bottom aren't parallel to start with, you might end up removing a lot more to get rid of the .100" sway.
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    Value of Fisher(?) anvil

    A good photo of the eagle may provide a clue to dating this anvil, specifically what the eagle is clutching. It looks surprisingly like one I just recently sold. Does yours have a chunk missing from the underside of the horn out near the tip? Looks like it in the first photo.
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    "Charcoal," she retorted

    Nice story. I'm curious to know how many hours of burn time produce how much charcoal that gets you how much forge time.
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    New Swage Block Pattern

    How about a conical tapered groove on one face? Looks like you could fit in a 4" long trough coming straight down from the Ø120" surface, longer if you move the two larger squares off toward the right side.
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    Good morning,

    Welcome Will, and thank you for your service. If you haven't yet, please take a few moments to read this post, it will help to answer many of the questions you didn't realize you had yet.
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    Champion 400 blower

    If I remember correctly, the cones are hardened steel, so yes brass would work, just not for long. Also, I recall it's an odd size thread in the cone. Search the topics here for Champion 400, I know it's been discussed before.
  15. 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.