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  1. Thank you for the excellent post, Patrick! I've always been a bit unclear about many of the details you explained.
  2. Looks like the rest of it is in pretty good shape. My guess for the maker would be Wilkinson, since it has very similar proportions to mine, and there seem to be a lot of them with broken heels. It could easily be any other English maker though. As others have said, you don't need to do anything to it before using it. However, it is possible (although not necessarily worth it) to replace the heel if eventually you decide to. Here's the Wilkinson that I repaired a few months ago:
  3. Definitely an odd anvil. Is there a crack/delamination at the forge weld for the heel?
  4. Yes, it does need to be hard. A mild steel ball will deform slightly and cause a lower rebound.
  5. I would certainly take a look at them. If they really are properly "heat treated steel" like they claim it would be a pretty good deal. You could reshape the horn with a grinder if needed. It's possible that these things are somewhat like the Acciaio anvils in origin and quality. Could you take a few photos of them when you go to look at them?
  6. I certainly would not agree to harden them. If they want it done, just have them send it off to a heat treatment shop. It's not worth risking the part failing in use and damaging expensive equipment or causing an injury. EDIT: Frazer beat me to it
  7. That anvil looks sort of similar to one I saw for sale recently. Do you live in or near MA? My guess for brand would be Peter Wright from the steps on the feet.
  8. What's the condition of the screw? If it's in good shape then it will likely sound fine after some lubrication. If the coil spring is causing issues you can make a new spring for it easily.
  9. Maybe it says "1845"? The one kind of looks like a four to me.
  10. Do you have any photos of the anvil? They could help people give better advice.
  11. Very cool. I'm sure those will be great additions to the shop!
  12. The image works for me. EDIT: just refreshed, and it no longer works. Odd.
  13. To give an idea of the amount of heat released while polymerizing, polymerizing oils like Tung oil or BLO release about half of the heat that would be released by straight up burning the oil. That's certainly more than enough to light the rag on fire, and the only reason they don't always ignite is if the heat is released slowly enough to transfer out into the surroundings. The issue is if the rag is insulated and the heat can build up (like a tightly balled up rag, or buried under other insulating material in a trash can) Whether linseed oil is boiled or not shouldn't really affect the t
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