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  1. Well, I have a very similar shape anvil, it's massive though, Horn 11" x 4" Face 16 1/2" x 6 1/2" Height 13 3/4" Mine has no markings on it at all All I've ever found is a similar one by SC Foster, (or his son William foster) pre 1780 as it has no table, no pritchel hole, and I bet that hardie hole is stamped into it at a later date and not very square, Mine is stamped through the side. The number, if it is 43 (tbh though it just looks like a very clear mark next to the 3), maybe the date and not the weight.
  2. You'll have to ask Iron Dwarf for pictures, I only have what I made, and my own forge is pretty useless at the moment, but when I get one of IDs ill put up what I have :-)
  3. Same xxxx different day my friend, I say "thanks" to people leaving the shop they wave their hand in my direction and say "no thanks" people are conditioned to mistrust salesmen, but we're all guilty of it. Phil
  4. I promised a month ago to the Iron Dwarf I'd write a review for his forge and what I learnt, and as I hope you'll all understand, if you don't do it there and then life gets in the way and by the time you get to it a month has passed and you're also apologising. So, when I started posting in April, Iron Dwarf kindly invited me to learn a thing at his place Glendon Forge in Kettering, I believe he's open most weekends unless hes away at a show and readily welcomes old and newbies alike to chat or have a go heating and hitting, In the short time I was there I was introduced to another chap, Copper Elf who showed me how much to heat, twist, taper, flatten, scroll, rat tail, cut, bend and blacken, I made a bottle opener and a hammer in hook, and I'm using them both, Thanks CE. I am really impressed with his forge design, Very simple and easy to use, and they're available to buy at about a tenth of the price of some ive seen as he has said in previous threads, and they're completely transportable, and really quickly put up and taken down, the air intake is particularly ingenious and can even be used as a BBQ or spit, with the right coal of course, he also makes cut off hardies and is currently designing a power hammer. All in in all my first introduction to blacksmithing on a personal level has been amazing and very helpful and I definitely think Anyone who wants to get into it should spend just a couple of hours with someone who knows what they're doing, is there a visit my forge thread? There should be. Iron Dwarfs forges are available and they are brilliant .
  5. Well, I'm throughly welcomed, thanks everyone, I've got to got to Stowmarket on Saturday, but I'll see if I can come up after on my bike, I'm quite excited now, cheers Dwarf. Would you message me with your details? Phil
  6. Thanks Mr Powers, I've seen a few YouTube videos about fixing them up, and all new anvils I've seen have sharp edges on one side and rounded edges on the other, it's not got a very flat top but with practice ill get used to how it sits, I've spent a lot of my spare time just hitting mild steel not really making anything, just learning how it feels. I don't suppose you know who might have made it? I hear it's 2 1/2cwt it's bloody heavy to lift, it took 2 of us a good 15/20 mins to get into the car. Hardy hole is just under an inch, and it has no pritchet. Phil
  7. Hi folks, I'm new here, I got an anvil a few years ago as a 30th birthday present, I love it, I've made some round pieces of steel flatter, and some other pieces bent in weird angles, I've read loads and loads of books and it's time I put put what I've read to metal, what I did want to do first was fix up my anvil, square off the edges and take out the cuts off the horn, can anyone help me with the identification of it, it doesn't have a pritchet hole which I've read makes it old, and I can see no markings either. Anyone help?