Chelonian

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  1. It's definitely a cast anvil from the mold line, so my guess is that it's a Colombian. I can just barely make out the triangle on the side in which the "C" was originally cast. That combined with the radiused sweeps along the waist of the anvil that were pretty unique to Colombians makes me fairly confident. Still could be mistaken though.
  2. If they were dies from a press I'd imagine they'd be some type of tool steel. The sparks from the grinder in your video don't look very high carbon, but there could be other alloying metals that don't noticeably change the spark characteristics.
  3. I'm not sure on the brand for that one. The feet look like those of a Colombian, but it doesn't have their markings I suppose it could also be another Hay Budden, just the type with a separate steel face plate. Looks like a great anvil to me. The chipped edges aren't too big of a problem.
  4. Really beautiful chisel. I hope one day to be able to make things of that quality. Looks like it would be a joy to use.
  5. That anvil is in great condition; please don't clean it up with anything other than hot steel and maybe a wire brush. Any material removed from the thin face plate takes years if not decades of useful life from an anvil.
  6. Yes, that's a Hay Budden, and in remarkable condition. Looks like the solid-steel upper half type as well. I can't read the serial number, but if you can I'm sure someone with a copy of AIA would figure out the year of manufacture. Really incredible anvil. Sure makes my broken-heel Wilkinson anvil that I've been using for the past year look sad.
  7. Given the slight gap on the bottom (meaning it's not one piece), my guess is the horn broke off, and someone bored a hole into the end of the horn and jammed that extra piece in as a replacement.
  8. The edges of step on the anvil look to be in good shape, so you can always use those if you are doing a set-down of some kind that needs a nice edge.
  9. Sure looks like is says "RFP" to me as well
  10. Please let me know what you think of it after using it for a while. It's one of the welders I'm considering.
  11. If ~$100 (scrap price) is all you want for it, I'm pretty sure someone would very quickly buy it from you at that price. It would save you from bringing it to the scrapyard, and save an old machine.
  12. Looks like a Peter Wright from the flats on the feet and the "Solid Wrought" stamp. It also looks like the edges may have been welded at one point, but it might still be fine if the repair was done well. How's the rebound near the edges?
  13. Very nice anvils. The second is a wrought iron forged anvil of some type. I'm pretty sure it's one of the many English manufacturers, but my specific guess is a Wilkinson Queens Dudley anvil from the short-ish feet and narrower keeled horn. If it is a Wilkinson, it would have been pre-1850 since they changed their feet shape after that. See if you can find two crossed ovals with text above it in an arc. There would also be hundredweight markings on the opposite side. This is just my guess of course, since there were a lot of brands in England making anvils at the time, many of which looked very similar to each other. Looks like a great anvil regardless of maker.
  14. Thank you for the responses and suggestions! Perhaps wire-feed is a better choice here. I will look around at some when I have time. I really don't know much about wiring circuits, but I will look to see if it's a viable option.
  15. Hi, hopefully this is the right place to post this. I'm starting to consider getting a welder, and I'm looking for advice on different options. I think I'd like to start with a stick welder since they don't require the hassle of shielding gas, and I've heard from several sources that it is a good type to start with. Now the problem I'm facing: the only 230v circuits I have access to are wired with 20A breakers. I'm not an electrician, but I'm pretty sure that rules out being able to use a Lincoln tombstone welder for instance. I'm assuming this amperage constraint this limits me to relevantly low-amperage welders, but I don't see myself needing to weld huge pieces of material anyway. Currently what I imagine I'd use it for is repairs and relatively light fabrication. Am I better off buying new, or trying to find a used unit? I don't mind waiting a while to find a good deal, but is buying an old one relatively risk-free as long as the leads are in good condition and it strikes an arc? If I do purchase one used, what amperage would be able to work with the 20A breakers? I know new welders have documentation with information about required input power, but an old one likely won't still have its manual. Is 100A a safe choice? Alternatively, if a new welder is a better choice, any specific recommendations that aren't too expensive? If I'm missing any information, please let me know. Thanks!