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  1. These are Italians , one of the main Differences is that the French have a side exiting hardy and the Pritchel Hole is in the flat horn where the Italian patterns have the pritchel on the round horn with hardy on the flat horn . During certain time periods it seems they shared a similar style “pigs” feet . I believe the more recent style Italian patterns have a more blocky style base as you pointed out. I’m far from an expert , but I did become familiar with these while traveling and working in Italy.
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    Thanks! I’ll take this apart and get it cleaned up this week . Maybe I’ll discover some markings , it’s fairly crusty. The screw and box look really nice . It had the wedges welded together with an angle iron welded across the mounting plate when I bought it. So I went ahead and fixed all that mess. I’m very happy with my flea market find
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    Thanks Thomas , I realize that could be the case here but we’re there other manufacturers that had that shape to the top half jaw area of the vise? It looks very stocky to me . I just wish it was shorter, it looks like it could handle some serious forging .
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    I don’t see any marks on this vise , the mounting plate looks like a Columbian but it’s a little different from my other Columbian. The top half above the screw box looks very different as well. It’s 42” tall with 5.5” jaws and weighs about 100 lbs . I’ll weigh it this week. I was told it might be a late model drop forged model but I’m not an expert on these so if any of you folks could help identify it or have any catalog pics that would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I acquired these two Italian Anvils last year. The little one is 31 lbs and the bottom one is 140 lbs. I’m gping to build a stand for the bigger one and put it to work this month. The little one is forged and the bigger one is cast most likely from the 50’s? It’s a SFB if anyone here has any info it would be most appreciated.
  6. Thanks George, I haven’t gotten to really use it heavily yet but it should be about perfect. It’s about an inch lower than the anvil I use for sledge work .
  7. Thank you Ben. It’s about 260ish, I’ll weigh them both this week .
  8. Picked this chunky swage block up last spring and finally got some time to make a proper stand to use it. The block is roughly 12” x 18” x 6”. I fabbed up the stand from a bunch of drops and scrap from work. It positions the top and long side at a 27.25” working height , while stood up on the short side it’s a 30” tall working height. Should work out well since I’ve got to use next week.
  9. Lol, thank you guys ! It’s still developing as I get it all set up. Happy new year to all of you
  10. Mine..... still getting it situated......
  11. I had some computer issues last night, here's more of the story. Mark checked the crankshaft bearings and found them to still be in tolerance after all this time, no need to fix what isn't broke there. We took apart the rear cylinder, pulled the piston and rod and found it needed a new wrist pin and bearing. Once again Mark machined both. Good to go for another 100 years. The piston rings were worn out as well and we had new ones ordered and had them installed in about a week. The front cylinder cushion plug seemed to cushion well on the initial test but now since everything else is so tight we will replace the ring on it as well. The ram leather seals were worn out so they were replaced as well. I'm waiting on a new pair of flat dies which should be here this week. IMG_4972.MP4 Thanks Gergely, Im trying to post a video with no success
  12. I am just about finished with a 97 year service of a 3B I bought in the spring. I wanted to share some pics and story about this hammer . I talked with Bruce Wallace who was kind enough to share the date of completion and where the hammer was delivered to. It was completed and ready for delivery on April 30th 1920. I have been fortunate on one level that the hammer had not been hacked up or molested by incompetent mechanics. On another level it was really due to be gone through and repaired after a well used life of 97years. The hammer is a testament to when things were really built with care, precision and longevity in mind. The first two are a couple of pics when i first got the hammer. The shop space I'm in right now it wasn't an option to do a proper concrete foundation so I had to essentially make it a one piece hammer for now. After completing the base I installed it next to my Chambersburg utility hammer and wait a little while for my good friend Mark Krause to arrive so we can get to work. As you can see the hammer had big ramp dies for forging big jackhammer bits, yes it did wreck the guides . I got some cast iron stock from Mcmaster carr and Mark machined me two new ones and cleaned up the other two that weren't too badly worn.
  13. I thought I would share some pics after a freshening up.I have received several pieces of literature about these hammers,if anyone needs anything let me know. IMG_3408.MOV IMG_3401.mov
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