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  1. I'm with you Ken. In my humble opinion, rust is nasty when you talk about tools in use. For unused collectables, if that's what collectors want, fine.
  2. EUREKA!!!! Gotta love the internet. The Baker & Hamilton Co. of Sacramento ( since 1849) sold the Stiletto line of tools that included forges and just about any tool that you could name. Their catalog was huge! There are lots of vintage Baker & Hamilton / Stiletto tool catalogs around. Anybody got one or know of someone who might have one? The Stiletto trade mark is still in use today and is virtually identical to the mark on my anvil. All that I have been able to find under the trade mark is a line of high end hammers and pry bars for the building construction industry. Google Stiletto Tools if you would like to see this historictrademark. Baker & Hamilton manufactured some of their products, but I don't know yet who made these Stiletto anvils.
  3. Thanks Sask Mark. That gives me some more things to check on for my research, but right now I'm going to build some hardies. Thanks.
  4. Well now! There are some numbers stamped on the front feet. 21569. I doubt that the maker's mark is Trenton or Trexon since the S at the beginning and the O at the end are clear enough to read and the logo is definately a left - rifgt arrow. Maybe it's real oddball? I will try to get a better photo of the stamp. I do appreciate my good fortune in locating this anvil and at such a bargain price. Any more ideas or comments are much appreciated. Thanks guys!
  5. Yes, sometimes fortune smiles on our persuits. Thanks for the cleaning advice. I am trying to ding the burrs around the table and horn back where the metal came from instead of grinding it off. Someplaces it works and some places not.
  6. Nice creative work! Sometimes an idea swirling around in the mind just won't let you have peace until you try it out. (59 going on 12)
  7. The maker’s mark is faint and dinged up. It looks to me like a left - right arrow( rectangular box with arrowhead at both ends) with "STILETTO" stamped within. I could be way off and stand to be corrected. The anvil is 25 inches long and 10.3 inches tall. The .5” thick table is 3.8” wide and is in good shape with a 1” hardy hole and a .5” pritchel hole. The feet provide a base of 9” X 10”. The “124” seems right for the weight in pounds when I heft it. It has a loud ring and good rebound. The tip of the horn needs some attention. I waited a long time for this anvil to come my way. I have $45 invested in it. I found it as a garden ornament at an estate sale. It was going to be left behind in the sale of the property. This was a gift from the blacksmithing god. My previous anvil was a chunk of railway track. I don't plan to part with this anvil and would appreciate any information about it and also any comments that you might have.
  8. Hello from the Cariboo region of British Columbia! I am a semi-retired home renovator that has had a growing urge to pound red hot iron. Over the years I have aquired an anvil, a few tongs, hammers, portable farriers forge and recently some coal. I have tried softwood charcoal in a forge that I built using firebricks and an old hair dryer. This worked and I made a few items, but I found that I spent a lot of time tending the fire as the charcoal burned up quickly. I have gathered odd bits of info from blacksmiths at various demonstrations like pioneer villages and historic old forts. Now I want to do more and welcome advice and encouragement from those experienced in this noble craft. I respect knowledge and I live to learn. Everything that I know was taught to me by someone else. I have adopted the phrase: "Strike while the iron is hot" into my everyday conversation. Respectfully, Steeler :)