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  1. Omnislug

    Fulton vise?

    hadn't thought of that, good idea! Thanks JHCC!
  2. Omnislug

    Fulton vise?

    I got a old fulton vise with a small anvil on it, horn and all, I'll try and post a pic later..I was wondering how old this one is and if it's worth anything, though I will definitely not be selling it
  3. For those interested in this anvil, I bought one but there is a real lack of reviews on it on the net so Hopefully this will help you make up your mind whether to purchase one for your shop. Overall I'm very pleased with this anvil, It's a lot more squat than most English pattern anvils but I like that about it and two horns are better than one IMO. First off the price is pretty good for what you get. The machining is very good, very even and flat face, the forging is very accurate and smooth. This anvil is two pieces it has a welded base I assume both parts are drop forged, would be cool if it was a single piece forging but the weld line is barely noticeable and very well done. The anvil has a pretty nice ring that is really easily quieted with a magnet on the horn, it comes with a thick coating of clear-cote to keep it from rusting and some thick black paint covering everything but the face. The shapes are very smooth and evenly machined, I kinda wish the horn was a little longer but it works just fine for everything I've used it for so far. This one is fairly hard faced, I tested it using Rockwell test files and it's between 50-58 on the working surface though it will still dent slightly from a missed hammer strike, The rebound if fair for it's size as well. I wish I would have ordered the larger version of this anvil now (165 pounds) but this size is sufficient for most small shop work and I've seen a few full time smiths who had similar weight anvils for their main anvil so I'm sure the 110 pound will work for most shops. For it's weight the face is wider than most others of similar weight and English patterned , I actually prefer the German patterned anvils after using one for a while and when I buy a larger one in the future I will definitely be getting a German pattern next one will be a Refflinghaus around 200 pounds or more I worked on 3 different Refflinghaus anvils and they are worth the cost ( about double what this anvil costs) . Overall I really like this anvil and Would definitely recomend it I f you are in the market for a new anvil and thinking of getting one of these, Kanka clearly takes pride in their products and I'm sure this will last a lifetime and more. Any questions feel free to ask... Omnislug
  4. Yeah this just goes to show Kanka takes pride in their anvils, it didn't take a whole lot of effort to get this replaced and it happened very quickly all things considered...I'm pretty sure the harder anvil will get more work done as more energy is transferred into the work as opposed into the anvil. Should I start another thread just to review this anvil? I'd like to do my part to help others here to make the decision and help kanka for the excellent customer service they provided.
  6. I agree! Yeah go ahead and get one, even though mine is soft it's still far more durable than a cast iron one, I started with a 55 pound cast iron anvil as well and the difference even with another fairly soft anvil I got after that was HUGE , You get double the work done per hammer blow when the anvil doesn't dent like cast iron but all that energy goes into the work piece. I asked the rep to share a video of the forging of these anvils, hopefully he does this. Just got a reply From Kanka, They have a full stock of anvils now but once they are down and re-forging some he said he'd send a video of the process, I'll be sure to share that here
  7. yes exactly, like you do with copper , nobody wants to do that TO the face! Internet sure has been a mixed blessing of information...glad to be from the 'old school' that have read a ton of ACTUAL books for his knowledge instead of the word of an unseen stranger...
  8. right, martensite won't work harden...ferite or pearlite will but not nearly to the degree martensite is hard, martensite is far too small and tightly aranged already, I guess if you hiy it with something far harder it might still though but not by much
  9. Ha! MY first ASO was a Vasco wear plate! I like your project idea! Ambitions!, you HAVE to make a video if you do it! FROSTY:Centaur might not want to let me keep it but KANKA Rep Ali TOLD me to keep it so I'm keeping it. New anvil should be here Friday AS soon as He said that I went out and lit the forge and making some things to list on Etsy for the first time, Santa Fe it was a lot easier to just find someone who wanted something for their old adobe house, last one I made a bunch of heavy curtian roda and hangers that would hold in the 'Mud' as well as a lock spring for the original lock in her house. I plan on making some things for the Master Gardener class here too, hopefully spark some interest. wish me luck! By the way, I keep hearing something I'd never heard in the past and that is that anvils "Work Harden" I might be a idiot but I do know my Metallurgy pretty well...if anything HARDENED-steel -doesn't harden more striking it but it becomes more likely to chip over time. Maybe this is something the internet and all the new Ductile Anvils made but I don't remember ever reading that your anvil gets harder with use in the old books either.
  10. that much steam/splashing boiling water is nerve wracking as well, we had to drop the track we quenched because there was so much, better a hole in my tank than a trip to the burn unit
  11. I have to agree with FoundryGuy, After seeing the actual size of industrial heat treat furnaces at Nitrex the process is vastly more controllable and precise than what I could do here . We had a furnace that would do my anvil perfectly, we could feed cracked propane gas as a carburizing medium and the scaling was far less because of it, it had an automatic chain lift that dunked parts in circulating quench oil, and a vacucum furnace that did the same without the gas and would scale very little.. I miss that job sometimes, it was literal he double hockey sticks in the summertime 120 degress on a hot day I imagine, maybe more but I had more fun than most other jobs I've had and learned a great deal about metallurgy ...fascinating stuff. Not sure what they would charge but if they were still open I'd definitely consider sending it to them, there is one in Portland I might find out in the future though if it's hundreds I might just put that towards a German Refflinghaus anvil and be done with buying anvils. Got to work on two of them and they are REAAAALLLYYY hard, cutting on the face edge would damage a hammer really easily if struck, 58 Rockwell Guaranteed.
  12. yeah I might, Or might keep it for heavier use set on a different stump/stand. I actually quenched a track-anvil in the past in a 55 gallon drum, that used a whole lot of charcoal! this is probably twice the mass or more...It would be interesting. Have to wait till next month for Kanka to send a new shipment of anvils but looking forward to it!
  13. no return shipping, kanka said the logistics of shipping it back to turkey and re-heat treating it weren't worth it