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  1. Thank you for the order JM! We are shipping it today! Cheers
  2. A foundrymans perspective on heat treat. If you are going to heat treat a modern steel anvil I would suggest sending it out to a heat treat shop and having them get it right. The difference in a couple points on the Rc scale is huge. One thing you need to determine is actual chemistry, possibly by hitting it with a gun that most heat treat shops have or a high end scrap yard. I would verify what a producer says the material should be. A proper quench and temper might cost you $.50 per lb and you would want to get it shot blasted to remove the scale. You should be able to clean the top deck with a sander and re-polish the horn. Scale can be substantial with a hardening process. This would be for a cast or forged steel anvil. Ductile would be different process and an expensive one to do it correctly. Our H13 Holland Anvil tools are done by Cryogenic hardening. We out source the process. Tools are put into a vacuum furnace and quenched with liquid nitrogen, then tempered down to the proper hardness. Scale is minimal in a vacuum operation. When we started the price was $1.10 per lb, now I get a "deal" at $.93 per lb. The heat treat is a tough bill to pay but for H13 its what we need to do.
  3. I should have a casting to show next week. I will tag you when i post a pic.
  4. Hey Dan, thank you for checking us out. We put them on Ebay as others were reselling them there at a large markup. It has been a good way to reach people that normally would not find our products and put an end to online sellers. We add a bit of $ to the price as Ebay takes a pretty good cut of sales. My son did the website, we launched it last week and had our first sale on it yesterday. We make everything ourselves, outsource the heat treat and blanchard grinding on the anvils. Our blocks are right from the foundry and you may wish to polish them up or use as is. Have a great day! btw, we have a double shovel swage block coming out next week!
  5. Branson, It was good talking with you! I sign on here at least once a week but typically get an email if i receive a message so i try to respond quickly. I appreciate everyone's support. Buy American!
  6. Its Greg from Holland. Feel free to message me here and we can email you any information you need or chat on the phone. Cheers
  7. Hey Mitch, i saw our Holland anvils mentioned in this discussion. I looked back at your message and it was after 11 PM local time or you would have had a reply in under an hour. Once we switch over to a website and emails the replies will not be as timely as they are now on messenger. As far as Nimba and Hoffman anvils go, I appreciate you including us in such fine company. Buy American made and thanks again for the consideration.
  8. We have been asked not to talk price on this forum. Just showing off my new design
  9. My newest creation. H13, 230 lbs, 52 to 55 Rc.
  10. Thank you for the mention or our Holland tools! The dimples look like ours do bouncing on a non hardened anvil, we probably get 40% rebound along with a thunk. A hardened anvil may leave a small mark depending on the size of the ball but nothing like that. I had a guy show up with a 2 inch ball wanting to bounce it around and i said, buy if first if you want to use that. Like a hammer blow, a quality hardened tool can leave a mark. I also do not understand the course grain in the photo, its more a characteristic common in ground cast iron or ductile when it is machined, not steel, especially an alloyed material. I do not knock anyone's products but that is an odd photo in many ways.
  11. shoot, i forgot to add the weight. They are 66.5 lbs. I hope you enjoy the cone!
  12. I shared a photo in my other thread but thought I would share the new design and details of the shapes. The top left corner is beefed up a bit from the prototype. I am designing a 14 x 14 x 3 block in the coming months as well which will have many more features and a shaping bowl in the center. That block will not have side designs, only holes, squares and slots 11.25 inch x 10 inch x 3 inch thick Cast holes are smooth and are straight with no draft. Sides have 1 degree draft for molding Slot is 1.25 inch x 3.25 inch Rounds are 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2 inch diameter Squares are 7/8 inch, 1 inch and 1.5 inch Exterior 90% Vs are 1.5 inch, 1.75 inch and 2 inch Exterior rounds are 2 inch, 1.5 inch, 1.25 inch and 1 inch Exterior Hex is 2.5 inch, 2 inch, and 1.5 inch These castings are rough cast and can be used as is or after your polish or customization Material is 65-45-12 ductile iron
  13. We are making a change to the top left corner of the block but other than that the tool is done. My son drew it up and replacement would set us back weeks or months as my tool shop has a 3 month backlog. I think at 3 inches thick it will be plenty stable? We have a 14 x 14 x 3 block in the works and that gives us a lot more room for design ideas. Have a great day.
  14. This is my sons latest swage block. He forwarded me this photo and i do not have size details other than it is 63 lbs and 3 inches thick. He is making one small change to the tool on Monday, adding 3/8 height so there is a bit more separation between the large hex and large round as i did not like the narrow condition between them. Sides are tapered for molding, all holes are cored without draft. The final version should be 67 lbs and I will post details with sizes of features next week. Happy Thanksgiving