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  1. I'm just getting everything together and getting started, so this is my first haul outside of a box of RR spikes. Found these on FB from an old farm for 300$. Total weight was just under 1600lbs. This should last me a very long time. Since I'm very green at this, what sort of prices are decent on the rust belt for high carbon steel?
  2. I may have seen a few of those posts trying to find more information on the board. I won't argue, it's easily the best anvil I have.
  3. So after several missed opportunities with Craigslist and Facebook ads for anything at a decent price, I bought this 161# Mouse Hole for 500 at an auction. I actually thought it was a Fisher at first but cleaned it up some at home. Based on what I've read it was made 1820-1830 right? Pritchel looks drilled, not punched. Amazed at how good a ~200 year old anvil looks. Will not be doing anything more than a wire wheel to clean it further. I had not researched these much before, so what are the advantages or disadvantages with them? What does the little triangle mark in the second to last picture
  4. So I'm beginning to aquire the tools I need to start blacksmithing, and I'm trying to plan ahead. When you find somebody with old tongs, anvil, or whatever else and doesn't have a price in mind, what do you offer? Do you low-ball and risk offending them and killing the sale? I'm probably more worried people will Google the tool and have some rediculous price in mind.
  5. Are the helium tanks made of steel? Just trying to figure out what I can weld onto it.
  6. I have read/watched the safety hazards related to this. I have a good respirator on hand and am an experienced welder/fabricator. So I've been reading up on what materials to make a ceramic blanket forge, but wanted to run it by people with experience first. The picture is very similar to what I want to do. As far as the shell on the outside, what sort of dimensions work well? I wanted to start making knives and other small things. I've been looking at using either an old propane tank(potentially dangerous) or air compressor cylinder. Any other suggestions? I've seen these somewhe
  7. Thanks for the help Thomas, it sold before I got out of work.
  8. He said 21" was horn to heel. He can't see any numbers and neither can I. Thanks for the fast response!
  9. Hi guys, I'm looking for my first anvil and found this online. It's mounted and he doesn't know the weight. He says it's 21" long and 10" high. It's a peter wright. Price is at 450. Thanks you for the help
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