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  1. Like has probably been said already (there is alot of good opinions here). For an anvil; it only has to be harder than the stuff your working and the hammer your hitting it with; Railtrack is perfect since it generally work hardens. Forklift tine is another good thing to have about (luckily I work in a warehouse so it's plentiful). Hammers look fine and the brake drum is fine imo; you can draw enough air through a bunch of bricks to make a forge.
  2. Hard to tell brand without better images but I concur with everyone else that it does look like a PW by the feet. If it's anything like mine the rest of it still has some promise; Like someone said before ask less for it. For reference I paid £150 for my 141lb c1918 PW in 'almost' perfect condition bar a very small flat spot where the previous smith has overused a point with hot stock and ruined the temper. I don't know how US anvil prices compare really, I imagine you pay more for them despite more of them being available in the states.
  3. That anvil is awesome, the pictures are even better. Good to see an impressive piece of history back home!

  4. If it is a mousehole they have a flow rate of 7 cu ft per second for hardening at the time of that style acccording to the moushole bible. Good luck
  5. That's what I was getting at really, perhaps I wasn't very tactfully. *edit* If it is a mousehole you'll have to take it to meeting of the rivellin and the loxley circa 1920 to have the water flow to quench it sufficiently.
  6. 25 bucks? What a steal (I resisted the pun). Looks great
  7. I got two of these from a local retired blacksmith and he kindly told me what the tools were I was buying. Still havnt found a use for them personally but they were from a job lot and they are good hard steel so I'll be keeping them.
  8. You would be better off making your own anvil then trying to reface that one. Unless you have 20+ years experience hardening anvils. There is plenty of workable face on your anvil
  9. A few other makers had their anvils made by mousehole forge but rudely skimmed and marked their own brand in. Sanderson was one of them, Vulcan 'may' have been another. The shape of the horn makes me think mousehole
  10. Thanks Frosty.
  11. I couldn't find anything on the forums about but at risk of sounding stupid I thought I'd ask anyway. Does case hardened steel behave the same way as any other hardenable steel under heat? When one of the guys in the truck shop at work says they literally bin the stuff when it's reached the end of its serviceable life so he is having a word with his boss to see if there's is any reason I can't take it. Thanks in advance
  12. I've only forge welded once before so take anything I say with a pinch of salt. You'll need more than a few heats at welding temp (hotter than forging temp) to forge weld. Plenty of flux while heated in between hammering and it should come good.
  13. Really good. I'm a fan.
  14. That PW is in great condition, nice find.
  15. @ a guess around 1870. Newer face with older style feet. Might want to check for a serial no' under the horn on the feet. America imported them in droves even after making their own (better) anvils using the peter wright method.