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  1. Hi Guys, I just picked up this anvil from a yardsale junkie friend of mine. i agreed to the purchase based on a cell phone photo and conversation with him. Overall it looks to be in pretty good shape. The edges are in decent shape, the horn is not drooping and it still rings like xxxx. My question is this: i notice that the whole anvil face is sloped from heel to horn.. apx 2in difference in height. Have any of you seen this before in an anvil? my plan was to shim the low side when I mount it but is there a reason to leave it tapered? Also I notice that one foot is out of plane by about 1/4in leaving the anvil to rock a bit. This can be easily shimmed but just wondering if this is common or a sign of poor manufacturing quality? Also can anyone take a guess at the manufacturer? it weighs in at 198# even but the markings on the side are hard to make out. it looks to be like 1-2-something 2.. although at 198# i would have expected 1-3-2 The name stamps are all but gone but I can sort of see a C up top and a WA lower down.. Any guesses? Thanks for any thoughts or advice!
  2. Picked up this old stake Anvil last weekend...could anyone tell me what the grooves are for? Is this for a particular type of blacksmith? The groove sizes seem to vary in width and depth 11 1/2" long 1 1/2" wide
  3. So I'm trying to learn more about forging. I'd like to get into tool, decoration, and probably weapon making. Everywhere I've looked has advised a larger anvil 75lbs+ but I can't seem to understand why. I understand the difference in types of anvil except for weight. Does an anvil weighing 150lbs have an advantage over the 100lbs of the same make, if so, what's the difference? Better bounce back or what? Everyone talks about how weight matters for your application but I've yet to read from any book, forum, or site as to why it matters. Thanks, Zack
  4. is the chipping on the edge of this a real concern ? its a Swedish Kohlswa .. thanks, JT
  5. I just saw the following anvil for sale near my location. At first glance, it seemed to be a bit heavy for my needs as a beginner, particularly since I am still building my shop. The seller mentions that it is about 350# but the single picture doesn't show any markings on it. I'm also puzzled about the hole on the side being so close to the surface and wondering about its quality. Could this be a cast iron anvil with no hardened face? The price seems quite low at about $1/pound. I've asked the seller for more pictures, particularly of the surface and any markings on the anvil. I will post them as soon as I receive any. Worth the time to go and see this in person? Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
  6. One of the age old methods for making hardie tools is to forge the tool to the basic shape and size of the hardie hole and then heat the tool, place it in the hardy hole and hammer it into the hole so that it fits the shape of the hole and has a flange around it - Noting on my new anvlil that this method tends to draw the heat to the anvil as would be expected but is also affecting the heat treating around the hole - Not wanting to hurt the temper of my anvil face I'm looking at alternate methods of fitting the tools - any other ways folks are doing this? I'd sure like to keep this anvil pristine - not sure it's affecting the face but it on one occasion has actually caused a color change around the edges of the hardy hole. Maybe I'm just being wimpy about my new anvil but it sure is nice having really good tools for a change. Could be that I just left the tool in the hole too long or had the heat too high - dunno.
  7. Probably already gone but there is a 153lb Peter Wright on Anchorage and valley CL!
  8. I'm a beggining 14 year old smith and I have finally acquired the last piece needed to complete my forge. My mother and I took a long trip to multiple flea markets and antique stores looking for an anvil. We found multiple but many were outrageously high. We found one 200+ pound anvil but it was 500 and I simply didn't have the funds. Near it was a 50-60 pound small anvil for 200. Eventually after viewing another small one of similar price we found a slightly damaged 100 pound Vulcan anvil for just over 200$. The very end of the horn was broken off and the edges were slightly chipped but the face was smooth. Was I right to purchase this one? It also had a five on the heel of the anvil and I am curious as to what this is for. P.S. I know about the thin faceplate being brittle.
  9. can anyone identify what make this anvil might be by its shape ?? owner says he can only see numbers on the front and back and they look like a 26 & 56 . thanks, JT
  10. Hi all - I'm in the process of setting up my forge at my workshop so I don't have to go down to the group shop anymore I picked up an Australian 224lb BK (Bradford and Kendall) some time ago which needs some minor work. One of my first questions is to the construction of this anvil - the interwebs have conflicting reports as to if they are cast as one piece or have a separate face plate. Having a close look I can see no lines, protrusions or discontinuities that suggest there is a separate plate. Majority interweb consensus suggests one piece casting... It seems previous owners have done some fairly stupid things including hitting the heel with the old gas axe (probably while resting something on it). I'm concerned with extended work on the heel that the corner cut all the way to the pritchel hole is going to chip off / fail down the line. Worse is the middle of the far edge - looks like it had some kind of damage and has been badly welded. Whatever got used chips like bullets if struck... I spoke to a couple of the professional 'smiths locally (one of which is also a spec welder). He suggested simply vee-ing the heel and grinding back the edge to remove the bad weld material, preheating the anvil, then simply MIG welding with standard low hydrogen wire, peening each bead then finally leaving anvil to cool in a box full of lime... Any thoughts? The Gunther / Schuler repair guide seems to be the most definitive even though Stoody rods aren't commonly available here (I'm sure the local welding supplier can match based on spec). I am confident with MIG / TIG and can pull off a stick weld on a buzz box when needed. Thanks in advance, Anton.
  11. 8So I bought this anvil a few weeks ago and cleaned it up today but i'm still trying to find what make so maybe someone here could help me. It's arround 250 kilograms and the only markings that are on the anvil are the letters AK2 Thanks in advance
  12. Biggest one I've seen was 250lbs. Anyone ever seen anything bigger?
  13. I'm totally new to smiting and have just recently started picking up some equipment. Yesterday I picked my first anvil that appears to be a Fisher from what I've read. What can anyone tell me about this find and what do you think about it? I really wasn't concerned whether it was a fair price or not... I really just wanted to get started acquiring equipment and it was within 20 minutes and seemed to be in good condition. I'll post a few pics for reference. Thanks!
  14. I walked around a railroad track recently and found two tie plates. Stacked, they weigh 54lbs. I'm wondering if they could be used as a starter anvil. They make an amazing ring and have good rebound, but they can dent somewhat easily. I have access to railroads, and should I go with this or try to find a piece of track just laying around another railroad? Thanks, Jacob I'm also wondering if there is a rust protection galvanization on it. That could be a reason for the denting. I haven't cleaned off all the rust yet.
  15. Hi, I was recently looking at a Peter Wright anvil and the pictures the seller sent me made me a little nervous. The far away pictures look OK but the zoomed in photos show some pretty deep looking gouges in the face (maybe just because they are close up). Is this OK or is it in need of repair? Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Jason
  16. Hey all, I just picked up this 5th foot colonial anvil this afternoon, appears to be stamped 1-1-2 (circle) giving a stone weight of 142# bathroom scale says 143# so that checks with chart. Not sure what the circle means other than perhaps an inspectors mark or added by an owner over the years. Looking for any additional info. Thank you all in advance.
  17. I recently acquired an old anvil. I am having trouble finding information on the anvil. I though some of the guys on this website could tell me a little about it. Also, the anvils top is not very flat. Would you recommend I just get it machined and leave it at that or get it machined and then get a plate either welded on top or something along those lines. Thanks
  18. So I bough my new anvil today, it was an absolute steal, all I know is that i's a German anvil weighing arround 250 kilos (551 pound) and I bought it for 320 euros, so I pratically stole it from the guy, but I don't know the make and i'd really like to know if anyone knows a little bit more about it. Thanks in advace, Dutch Blacksmith
  19. I live in Austin Tx and I was wondering if anyone around these parts knows of any good scrapyards for hunks of steel? I need some giant hunks of steel for a first anvil. I can't seem to find any good scrapyards. Thanks! Jacob
  20. Auction Link removed Any idea what kind of anvil this is (cast iron or steel or steel plate), how old it is, and/or the manufacturer? I haven't seen it in person, and I'm wondering if I should bid on it prior to the auction ending tomorrow evening. This would be used by my husband who is a newbie and is making kukhri-sized knives/machetes. I could ask him, but I want to surprise him. Is this too small (width-wise) for his use? Thanks! Jennifer in Central Minnesota
  21. I recently became interested in all this stuff and came across an anvil. It looks like a Hay Budden 125 pounds. It's fairly beat up. I dug it out of an old garage/workshop like I was on "American Pickers". It looks like the serial number is 19685. Could someone help me with the age of this thing and offer any tips for cleaning it up? I started using a wire brush on it but that's about it. I just got the thing home and I'm super excited. Any help would be amazing! Joe
  22. So my friend and I want to start blacksmithing. We have already quite a bit of experience with heated metals and we already have a forge. The question remains: what anvil do we choose? We have a budget of around 50$. We found a piece of railroad track for 30$ which is around 30-75 lbs. The only issue with this one is it doesn't have a horn or hardy hole. We also found a 20lb anvil on Ebay for 50$ it has a hardy hole and a horn. The only problem with this one is it weighs 20lbs! We don't know what to do! Does anyone have any suggestions? Our goal is to make a forged rebar bracelet and or a few knives. We also found a few Harbor Freight ones, but they are of awful quality. (A.S.Os Ya know?) Thanks! Jacob
  23. Greetings! I just purchased my first anvil after a couple years of wanting to get into forging. It is a Fisher-Norris anvil from 1891 and has a scale weight of around 146lbs. Found it for sale in Philly and had to jump on it. I have a question about the numbers on the base that I believe is "12 8" or "12 6". Was curious what that number is. Also, any other information about the anvil I just purchased as well as thoughts on the quality/condition would be very interesting to read. Fyi, I only have a basic knowledge of Fisher anvils and how they are cast from a few hours of research. Thanks in advance!
  24. This was my Grandfather's anvil he used on his farm. There was no blacksmithing that I know of. What can you tell me about it, like age, value, etc.? Do I need to do anything to this before my son and I start using it? It has sat outside for a number of years.