Irondragon Forge & Clay

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    Carroll County, Arkansas U.S.A.

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  1. Possibly the worst way to find blacksmith tools. Have you tried the TPAAAT technique, it works for a lot more that anvils.
  2. Welcome aboard... Have you read this yet? It will help you get the best out of the forum with tips like editing your profile to show your location and how to stay off the moderators radar. READ THIS FIRST
  3. Welcome aboard. Nice Hay Budden for sure. Have you read about not doing any grinding, milling or welding on the hardened face? What it's worth depends upon where in the world you are located. Hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show location, along with other tips to help you get the best out of the forum here. READ THIS FIRST
  4. I would say you did very well indeed. To quieten the anvil when you reset it on the stand, put a bead of cheap latex calking compound around the underside of the base. That will help hold it solid and dampen the ring.
  5. A good decision, stuff is way over priced for what it is. I would make an offer of ten dollars (maybe go as high as fifteen) for the end nipper (top left), small straight peen hammer, cross peen riveter's hammer, the longest gas fitter's pliers (bottom center) and the smaller drilling hammer which can be modified into a rounding hammer.
  6. Good haul for sure, they are all winners. Like others have said, I would use the majority of them for their intended purpose. Never have enough sharpening stones, chisels and files. Chisels can be modified and the struck ends need to be kept dressed for safety sake.
  7. Welcome aboard. youtube is OK if you are watching the right channel's. However there are a lot of videos that are down right dangerous, by people with a video camera and internet connection. There is a thread here that lists a lot of good blacksmith videos, many made by IFI members. Above all else practice safety with using personal protection equipment.
  8. A decent small hammer can be made from those dimensions, might go 4" on the length though to allow upsetting the ends.
  9. Looks a lot like an American Star, if there is a star cast in the opposite side that would be it.
  10. It's a small American Star anvil, Star anvils were only made for 15 years from about 1855 to 1870 in Trenton, NJ. It's a shame the early pictures in this thread were lost.
  11. Made this at a demo a while back. Took about 15 minutes (and it shows) but it pops a top just fine. Gifted the one from the other half of the shoe to a young man who wanted to give it to his father (finished better).
  12. The mouse & I approve, may have to copy that, better than a pipe.
  13. I will wait until the paint comes off to make a guess (unless there are some markings)
  14. It would help to know where in the world you are located. Hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show it. READ THIS FIRST
  15. I usually make the L head nails/spikes in the post vise.