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  1. Actually a rust patina is desirable, I mean, a stable brown one. All the other anvil I got in my life they all were used with their well developed patina. This is my first brand new anvil, that's why I don't really know how to deal with it. And yeah, this is a tropical place, moreover the ocean is 3 miles away as the crow flies... I don't feel like I want to underestimate this enviroment. Natural wax can't be found nearby. Maybe pitch or other chem waxes like trewax... Sounds like an extrema ratio but sure... this should work too. Plus, I bet all my other anvils faced the same fate As for now I am just keeping wiping it off every day, like I never did even with my first car.
  2. Yep, I don't have rust issues on the hitting surfaces, I use them often enough. Pitch !! That would be a great option indeed! My area is kinda rural... suppliers here don't have such special items, but if somehow I could manage to get some I would give it a shot for sure, thanks!
  3. Gentlemen, thanks for all the advices, feel like I've finally made up my mind. Paint... naaa, paint it's a hurban legend, I don't believe in the existence of paint. It's like bigfoot, flat earth or business plans. Trewax or ATF automatic transmission are quite palatable, I am gonna experimenting both ways and see. Thanks! Cheers, Martello
  4. I live in a tropical contry, therefore in order to don't let my stuff rust in one day I got my workshop built outside, veranda style. It helps but it doesn't do miracles. So now, for the first time I decided to buy a brand-new anvil, a good one. I stripped off the paint, dressed the edges and stuff... but now there's a lot of shiny metal exposed to air. And this is when I thought: a forced patina helps with taking under control red rust on blades... so why shouldn't it work with a just little bigger chunk of steel? So far I've just been keepin my stuff well oiled, but sometimes for some works I need to degrease everything and it's not fun... If a forced patina could help...
  5. ahahah indeed. No, well, all those properly said "abuses" come from my early times. Wait, I still hit the anvil by mistake these days too but... that doesn't count as abuse, does it? That would be the dream of a lifetime! I actually already did that "yell and floor-sweeping-life" by a mechanical workshop in my teen years, so I do totally understand and 100% quote what you say Frosty. Thank you fellas for the support! Then if hardness value is not that critical as it though, think I am gonna just see my dilemma under a financial-wise perspective
  6. Hi folks, I am new here, nice to meet you all. I am an amateur that needs a new anvil and this time wants a good one. I am kinda lost between Fontanini and Refflinghaus, 125kg. After few days on this forum reading your comments I still have a doubt. My experience so far was on a self designed anvil made by a simple block of UNI C45. It was professionally heat treated by a company in my hometown but time passed by, and I forgot how hard is this thing. Something like Fontanini I'd suppose. It dented a lot, chip just once on the edge under crazy abuse. Since I already worked for a long time on a 50+? HRC anvil, that Refflinghaus 60+ HRC value both fascinates and scares me. What if I miss the work and hit on the anvil by mistake? Will I find a chip of hardened metal flying to my eyes like a bullet? Therefore I ask you fellas... Refflinghaus could be a miss forgiving anvil or it's made only for super pros? Any experience you could share with me? Thank you!
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