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Arty Marty

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  1. Thank you Thomas, I enjoy hearing from you. be well, we need you.
  2. Iron dragon, that’s a good idea! I made my stand to fit layers of Marine grade plywood. So I can adjust the height for different users. I’ll “glue” ( removable) to one layer and use one or two plywood layers for height. I’ll have to make my holdowns adjustable. The Anvil is only 80# so it is a bit lofty in full use, but with the holdowns sandwiching the dense plywood it might work ok. Thanks, I’ll give it a try.
  3. Thank you Thomas Powers and Iron dragon, your help and advice is much appreciated. I have worked in both Foundries and Forges, not my first job nor my last. Reminds me, someone told me “All Farriers are blacksmiths, but not all Blacksmiths are Farriers” I used the term Foundry as a ubiquitous term for Forge, when I knew there is a difference. Let’s not bring up “Smelting” It’s best to use precise terminology when seeking answers. Something else I am working on. Thanks Thomas.
  4. Columbus iron and forge, good tip. I’ll check it out. I have found ear protection to be the best sound suppression. I’ve tried magnets that deadens the sound well, but the slag sticks to the work face. Chain adds more weight and reduces ring, but gets in my way. thanks for the reply
  5. thank you for your reply. I’m located in No. California. Prices are high out here. Thanks to a resurgence in the craft. I wanted it for a traveler demo setup. It’s in good condition and I can repair the few small edge chips. I’ll try to get a look at the Anvils in America book. Thanks again,
  6. I have always found the blacksmithing community to be supportive and encouraging. My mentors have been generous and forthwith in all matters. With this in mind I am appreciative and grateful for our community. I turn to the internet for immediacy and reference often. My quest for provenance requires patience, I’m working on that. I have seen members with 34,000 posts answer questions and make referrals in less than an hour. So I post my inquiries here, with good reason and with a reasonable expectation. I posted a question with documentation and was sanctioned, I’m guessing due to my impatien
  7. Sorry to bother, the serial number question. Not important, just curious about the age and make. I must have the wrong group. I’ll check with Anvil Fire.com,
  8. I payed US$400. For this 80# ACME. I thought it was good condition. What can you tell me from the serial #? Is it a Trenton for Sears Roebuck? Age? their is a “U” under the tail. Inspectors mark?
  9. This is my eighth vise acquired through a series up horse trading upgrades. One after another, restored and put to work. Each one bigger than the last. I’ve never had more than two at one time. Space permitting. I buy low and sell high in order to outfit my shop. I wouldn’t say vises are my vice, but I admit to and extensive hammer rack. I use the same three every day. Anyway, this thread was intended to get some input on pricing a very good condition 5-1/2” Peter Wright. On the internet of all things I have comps from $300-600. I’m not looking to get rich, just leverage my next treasure. One
  10. Thanks Kozzy, my hope is an experienced buyer will know the difference between a Colombian and a Peter Wright. Up next to each other should make my point. That would be the design and style. If the jaws are parallel, the screw or thread box is not stripped and the handle not bent from cheating, I’ll take the peter Wright hands down. Even pay a little more. I have never given a vice away for $75. I have sold a beautiful, perfect condition, 4” Peter Wright, cleaned, sealed and on a nice looking base for $375. The buyer was ecstatic! Matched his Anvil. but I did all the prep work, ready
  11. Thanks Kozzy, paint and oxidation. It does look wavy, just a bad pic. The foundry does not do much finishing work beyond gate, spur and part line grinding. i think I’m going with $700. Or best offer. With offers taken til a set time. That should separate the serious-not serious buyers and force a bidding war at zero hour. I can only hope it will be be a gentlemen’s auction. Ive been disappointed, sad but survivable.
  12. Both, I’m taking it to California blacksmith association tailgate fri-sun. Pricing for these is all over the map. Here on The west coast there is a booming interest in the craft and regional market value is higher.
  13. Good day, I'm tryin to put a price on my vintage 5-3/4” Peter Wright, stamped on the thread box, post leg vise. It is 42” tall and 87 lbs. the condition is good. Threads are in good condition and the handle is straight as in not an abused tool. I did replace one wedge. I am in Northern California and we don’t see too many large vices come up for sale. I would like to here from dealers in this region as to value. I often pass on deals outside my area due to shipping costs. Fair value and within driving range is key for myself. thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.
  14. Greetings, i have a mandrel I’m trying to put a price on. I realize location and availability are driving forces, not to mention shipping. So, here are the factors; I am in Northern California, the mandrel is 42” tall x 13” at the base and 3” at the top. It weighs 215 lbs. it is a 1” thick casting. It has no mounting flanges, no tong groove. Clean surface. Aside from shipping, buyers responsibility, what is a fair and reasonable price? Thank you in advance,
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