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  1. Cool. Looks like something a gun smith would come up with.
  2. "..for rust prevention since I've been leaving it outside" I had this problem with an outdoor anvil, an antique like yours. The pitting was bothersome, and oil only seemed to slow down the pitting process. I eventually just replaced it with a large train track anvil, and now I don't worry about what happens outside. The good anvils stay inside now.
  3. p.s. You may enjoy watching Alec Steele, episode 26, where he teaches how to make a striking anvil out of mild steel. He uses 60mm though, not 40.
  4. Interesting. I am assuming your anvil will be solid, rather than a plate with supports underneath. So you will weld the plates together, making a solid block, correct? If you weld 1inch spring steel over that, you will be close to the design of the wrought iron anvils with steel face. A sawmakers anvil shape, perhaps? Not bad. How thick would be your "hardfacing with weld" be, in comparison to the 1inch spring plate? Would it be thick enough to resist the force of a sledge trying to dent the soft metal underneath? p.s. You want a smooth surface..I would think that finishing the 1 inch spring plate would be easier than welding and then trying to polish a perfectly flat surface from scratch.
  5. Cool. Re-heat treat the old one then, if they let you keep it. There are some videos on youtube on how to do it. It doesnt look that difficult: A deep fire, a hoist , and some patience.
  6. Ah yes, I remember what that is. I used one in Kindergarten to get those square blocks to fit into the round holes.
  7. Good luck with the sale! "156kg" Does the stamped weight match the actual weight? This would indicate "modifications" that may be making your anvil harder to identify. If you found another 156kg soderfors (in a collection?), you could match dimensions , to help determine if it was cast from the same mold (factory). I know where "a few" are, but am not going there for a while.
  8. So, to revise: It may be a French cast steel anvil from a little known manufacturer. Or maybe Soderfors trying to sell an anvil into the french market, laughing and saying "we we" as they grind off the edges of the feet and shelf to make it more French looking.
  9. Interesting. The L in yours doesnt match the style of Hulot Harmel L's either. I searched the internet for similar feet, but I couldn't find anything with clipped feet like that. Not a single example. They are all squared up on the corners. Good luck!
  10. Nice anvil! The edges look nice, and I dont see any saddle. The sideshelf , with the rounded corners , matches a french anvil in the Koch collection*. Maybe you can find a "sweden" stamped somewhere. Hmm..the roundness of the outside of the feet doesn't match a typical soderfors. Agreed that the hardness should determine what to do with it, not just the maker. What does the ball bearing test show? It may be a French cast steel anvil. *http://www.anvilfire.com/anvils/bs-paradise_003.php
  11. Good point. I've heard great things about the european anvils like Peddinghaus and Ernst Refflinhaus.
  12. Good point, price is important. As a collector anvil, it definitely has value. For continuous shop use, I see an issue with delamination of the top plate, near the step. It may have even progressed enough to deaden the ring, What looks like cracks follow the edge about an inch in. For knifemaking, precision is important, so check for flatness and smoothness, or your ability to make it so.
  13. Looks like this thread was the result of an anvil manufacturing defect that is being corrected. One thing that I didn't see on this thread was that new anvils will , by definition , be softer than the old world anvils. Modern Osha standards ... anvils dent now, rather than chip. I guess you could reharden and temper it to your own specs, if they don't accept a return. Just wear safety glasses
  14. Interesting scenario. I will share a few random thoughts, for what they are worth: If you have a modern cellphone, you can use whatsapp or facetime to share live video with an anvil expert. I am sure that there are a few experts on here that would receive a call. If the anvil was listed on craigslist, in a major city, and is still around, it may be overpriced, or junk, or maybe both. If it is an expensive anvil , and your husband didn't specifically request a Hay Budden, then also consider getting a quality new anvil (with a warranty ... and maybe a return policy?). An over 20$ vetting rule..cool idea!
  15. As cheap as possible? Is 66 lbs enough? Search ebay link removed. Horn problem solved. Then sell it on craigslist and buy a real anvil when you get past the "denting" phase.