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  1. Just as a disclaimer please don't grind, weld, or attempt any other repairs until you here from experts, you could end up damaging the anvil and you'd be far from the first! That out of the way I don't see any damage that I'd personally repair. The "bridge" area between face and horn is a bit mushroomed, but that's no big deal. Some smiths use that part for chisel work I've read, intentionally sacrificing that area should the chisel slip. They're sometimes not hardened steel, which could explain the shape. The face doesn't look bad, we certainly see worse posted on a weekly basis. No major gouges that i can see on the face itself, and the edge looks not too bad either. If there are rough spots you simply need to avoid them on your work. A plain block hardy tool could be made if you need a perfect corner to work against. The horn is blunted, this was done intentionally most likely to avoid a sharp point which you'd never forget if you ran into. That's fairly common, some sharp horns have been the cause of ripped pants, cuts, and worse. Looks like a wrought body anvil of some kind, im sure someone will be along shortly to let you know the maker. 1-0-3 is likely the weight in hundredweight system 1(x112) + 0(x28) + 3(x1) = 115 lbs
  2. at Robs, primative was a poor choice of words. Maybe traditional is better? I see a lot of more modern equipment in their shop but the forging at the start is done with one man holding the flatbar on a post anvil of sorts with 2 strikers using hammers that look handmade and in a Japanese style (only way i know to describe it, seeing this makes me think perhaps its common to a lot of asia). Just a guess but i wonder if that large anvil is cast iron, as they dont seem to be using it very much for forging and it looks like it would be worth a fortune in that area. at Frost, not offended in the least. i did a few searches on google trying to see if there was already a thread and couldn't find any, likely my fail on the keywords. so i decided it was worth a post, i'm going to be checking out this channel in the future more if they post this type of content more.
  3. I always enjoy the more primitive smithies, always a good motivation to see how good we all have it with modern tools!
  4. Ahhh not a problem that makes total sense. If i said that i meant it that it's youtube's goal, or even just their PR spin. I don't think the changes they made have improved quality of content overall, and especially not much in blacksmithing. When they first started it was an attempt to cut down on click-bait DIY videos. that was a legitimate income maker for 3-4 years. All of a sudden people didn't have to search "how to change a tire", then watch it, and apply it to their car. You could just search "how to change a tire 2005 Pontiac Grand am". As an example. Most of the videos were basic, there were many duplicates of each subject, and that was just the DIY aspect. It became a problem with more click-baity subjects like "how to make 500$ a week with passive income" where you're just saying "have a massive youtube channel and get paid to endorse products" or some other pile of worthless info. but the title gets u 100k views and it pays out. In todays algorithm that would get a massive like/dislike ratio in the first day and get buried in the search query more consistently. but theyve made it harder to make money for people that make good content in combatting bad content.
  5. Very cool breakdown, please change the data type in the cost of bottle openers to $.
  6. Unless the person you're selling it to said something like, "I can fix it, i've got a wire welder and i'll just put on a stainless plate i've got in my garage" I'd say take the money any run. The only shame i'd see in all of it would be someone botching the repair badly.
  7. Great article thank you very much! I needed something like that to show my family, who seems to think cast iron has magical properties nothing else does! We got a nice stainless pan set for our wedding and my only complaint is they get SO HOT compared to the teflon i'm used to. but with the right amount of butter nothing sticks!
  8. Thanks for the upload that's a really cool project! Anyone know how sheet metal pans compare to a cast iron pan? My family is really big on outdoor cooking, grilling, and campfire cooking and use a LOT of cast iron. These could be a gift option but im curious about any similarities or differences.
  9. That looks like an armorer could make some good use of it with all the different shapes it has. Looks like quite the hunk of steel
  10. I agree with all of this so I'm not sure what we disagree on. I did leave out the bit about how even if you make a perfectly instructional channel you still may not be able to monetize, i think my wish for people to have better videos is "for the good of the craft" rather than meaning "this is how you make money". Admittedly confusing reading back over it as i weave a bit inbetween thoughts at times. I think after reading all of the replies over this thread my position comes down to this. If you are determined to be a content creator, and you have a subject in mind for a video. It will be advantageous to you as a creator, and to those you're instructing, to post something of a summary here with simple bullet points about the information you want to include on that subject (something good creators usually do anyways for their reference). This is a way to close the gap between knowledgeable master smiths who aren't interested in making videos and younger smiths who have videos in mind. This brings up a bit of a moral question about citing your sources in the eventual video, although I'm sure most member would be tickled pink just to hear "thanks to the curmudgeons over at IFI". When I made this post it was in the specific context of how a user who has since been banned from the site (who had a very limited knowledge base about blacksmithing) could draw on knowledge in a very easy way to improve the content of his channel (since he seemed very determined to make a youtube channel). I think that's a very effective way to address what seems to be a reality in the internet these day, those most willing to make videos are often not experienced enough to instruct. Since then we've got on to a few tangents, which is fine, i think it was a good thread. But i think that paragraph above captures what I was saying pretty well with some things added based on the conversation.
  11. I was very happy when TA posted that video. His content is great but i think he scares off beginners because there isn't commentary or step by step instructions like some other channels. My favorite video of his since the bloomery knife videos!
  12. what you need to realize is that as soon as anyone starts talking about repairing an anvil people jump on it. it happens all the time, people think they're repairing an anvil and instead they ruin it. people dont want you to be that guy. as soon as you can take pictures of that forge, or the new one you might get. maybe the fan you say is broken would be good to get pictures of.
  13. you have not proven that it's wrought iron. you should forget that anvil exists until you have a working forge, you're putting the cart before the horse.
  14. I think we're getting confused because you keep saying things like "i'm going to weld a plate to it" or "i might start a yard fire to forge weld" or "i'm practicing arc welding now". maybe when you're considering things say "hey guys i'm thinking of _______. how does that sound?" to clear up the confusion.
  15. If you ordered that ball bearing right now, it should be at your house in 5 days. If you don't think that anvil will work fine for 5 days, you're wrong. Correct me if I'm wrong but you don't currently have a working forge, so what do you need an anvil for in the next 5 days? Shouldn't your focus be on repairing than forge and not the anvil? What is the status of that and what do you need to do to finish that forge repair? Have you posted enough photos to be told what, if anything, to repair? you need to follow the advice of people trying to help you and post pictures of the results, then wait for further instruction. or im afraid to say people wont be helping all that much longer. if you think you're close to making money, before even having made anything, you should consider getting a job. not being mean but you're probably not going to make money in this trade for years, if ever.
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