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About mtodriscoll

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    Barboursville, VA
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    Civil War Reenacting
    Making/Drinking Beer
    Making Knives, Handles/Sheaths
    Wood working
    Blacksmithing (new hobby)

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  1. I am now the proud owner of the pictured anvil! I was able to talk the seller down from $600 to $350! I live in Virginia and the anvil was in northern NY near some relatives of mine, so I had my Uncle stop in and do a ball bearing test. It had good rebound (about 80%) so he picked it up for me. I should see it in a couple weeks. Maybe by then I'll have my coal forge ready to go and I hammer out my first project. Thanks for your help and advice!
  2. I'm curious what your process is for cleaning up an Anvil? I'm considering purchasing one soon and can guess what I would do to clean it up, but want to make sure I don't do something that might cause harm. Did you just use a wire brush and water? Do you rub it down with mineral oil afterwards to prevent rust? Just curious... Thanks, Matt
  3. Thanks for the quick reply and helpful information! I'll see if I can talk them down to something more reasonable in price. If they won't budge, then I'll keep looking. Matt
  4. Recently joned the forum, and figured I would start posting. Attached are pictures of an ACME Anvil I saw for sale on Craigslist recently. There are quite a few numbers stamped at the foot of the base, see picture. It appears to be stamped '120' on the left. Perhaps the right side is a serial number? (A38215 ??). For ACME anvils, is the 120 indicating pounds, or is that marking the stone weight? (which would make it 168 lbs). In the picture of the side, is the top plate delaminating, or is the top plate seam just visible? They are asking $600 - which seems a little steep given the condition. I was considering offering $350 for it (about $2/lb.), but that is well below the asking price. Is this anvil worth buying for my first anvil? If so, any thoughts on a fair price? Thanks, Matt O'Driscoll Virginia
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