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  1. Thanks, Frosty, for the useful info. The surface of this Kohlswa seems as hard as or even harder than the small PFP I have. I intend to use it for my knife forging project once my workshop is ready. Would you care to share some more pictures or links to pictures of your tripod stands?
  2. I am considering getting this Kohlswa anvil from a former blacksmith I know. Have found some info as there are several posts on this brand in the forum and I guess it was cast steel? Anyone may know in what year it was manufactured? Also I am curious about the ring. Never heard another anvil ring that is so loud like a bell. Does the sound indicate anything about material and hardness of the anvil or the way it was made? Thank everyone.
  3. My first anvil is a 275 lbs and I has been looking for a small one to move around. This one came by chance and I bought it instantly. Marked PFP 40kg. Had a good deal too. I haven't managed to clean the anvil thoroughly but it appears to be in excellent condition with a very smooth surface like it has rarely seen hot iron before. How do you think it could date back to?
  4. I sent an email to the company. They replied but the sale assistant said they don't sell a leg separately but only the whole unit. She did sent me the sizes and information about the leg vice they can supply but it is a 6'' vice. I requested the sizes of my 4'' leg vice but they haven't replied, so I think I would need to figure it out by myself.
  5. I read that the process of forging wrought iron to make old anvils was very elaborate and laborious requiring 6-8 smiths at one time. Is it high chance that this is a German anvil?
  6. Thanks for your replies. I also like the wide base and waist of this anvil. The base is 28x40 cm while the face is 13 cm wide and 61cm long including the horn. 32cm high. Is it forged steel? The previous owner actually said it dated back to 1819 or 1820. I plan to give it a wooden base.
  7. So I just got my first anvil from an acquaintance. I didn't pay but traded with him a vintage Snap on toolbox and a number of vintage tools that I no longer used. Weighted 126kg on my scale. The anvil looks like being covered by rust thoroughly. There are some marks GGK or YYK which are not clearly legible. Haven't done the rebound test but I tried to hit the anvil with a small hammer and the "ping" was quite loud and consistent. Could someone help to identify and date the anvil? Also should I give it a wire brush or wheel? My guess is that it could date back to pre-1900s. Thanks in advance.
  8. Thanks for the explanation. I should have put it as how common hardy hole is found near the horn.
  9. I have mostly seen hardy hole located near the heel and rarely close to horn. Could anyone say if it is correct for this 30 lbs anvil? I believe it is a German one.
  10. I just contacted the seller and apparently the leg is missing, so I will get in touch with the company.
  11. Thank you again. I think I will send them an email. Very excited to have my first post vise. This one was rarely used and is still in very good condition.
  12. This is very helpful, thank you very much. So the leg is missing but I think it is doable to custom one.
  13. Thank you very much for your response. It seems to have provision for a leg through screwing as per picture? And weighs between 20-30kg. The owner said it was from 1970s. Does it look like a wagon tounge vise?
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