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  1. Have anvil, will lug...Value & Utility. When I had my first townhouse in DC I took up the hammer. Bought this in Denver for $40.00. I want to make more siver jewelry, and forget knives. Hard to do in a one bedroom apartment. Suggestions for a small, 15-20 lb. anvil? This one rings crisp like a bell, the hammer bounces back like a ricochet. How should I clean it?
  2. A buddy of mine found this today. It was given to him. He doesnt want it but is going to pick it up Monday. He left before he called so he didnt know to look for the weight markings. Anybody care to offer a guess on the weight using a plastic bucket for size comparison? Thanks
  3. So I just got a Vulcan anvil and paid $300 for a 100lb anvil. I'm guessing i over paid by a bit most likely. It is in really good condition and looks like it was barely used at all. I'm from Cincinnati Ohio by the way. If that helps at all.
  4. I'm a beggining 14 year old smith and I have finally acquired the last piece needed to complete my forge. My mother and I took a long trip to multiple flea markets and antique stores looking for an anvil. We found multiple but many were outrageously high. We found one 200+ pound anvil but it was 500 and I simply didn't have the funds. Near it was a 50-60 pound small anvil for 200. Eventually after viewing another small one of similar price we found a slightly damaged 100 pound Vulcan anvil for just over 200$. 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.
  5. Biggest one I've seen was 250lbs. Anyone ever seen anything bigger?
  6. Yesterday I acquired my first and hopefully my last swage block. The only mark I can find on the block is a No. 4 with no other logo or manufacturer's identification. I originally agreed to buy it a year ago but the seller and I have not been able to get together. Yesterday he delivered it to an event we were both attending. I agreed to buy it sight unseen based on his asking price and my knowledge of the guys integrity. He refused to take any money until I had the change to look at it but when I saw it I believed i had been given a great deal. He had said something about a Vulcan swage block but I could not remember if it was the one I agreed to purchase or another he had. It seems to be in fantastic condition with little sign of wear. it has a rust brown patine with some dirt but other than that like new. In fact it appears to need to some dressing to reduce the sharp corners around the holes and edges. I checked online and it appears to be have been made by Illinois Iron and Tool Co for Vulcan and is a #4 which would seem to indicate it weighs 168 lbs. Other than the No. 4 is there any way to confirm or indicate the manufacturer. Does anyone have one or know anything about these swage blocks. I have heard that Vulcan anvils have a thin plate of tool steel over a cast body but they are softer than most other quality anvils. I have never heard anything about Vulcan or Illinois Iron and Tool Co. swage blocks. I hesitate to say how little I paid but I would appreciate any comments as to the quality and or help with positively identifying it.
  7. Hello all, I'm looking at moving away from my railroad track section anvil I have been using and purchasing my first actual anvil. I have found 2 in my area that I am considering, but I would love to get some insight on what people thought of the 2 I am looking at. One is a 100# Vulcan anvil ($450) and the other just says it's a 100# English blacksmith anvil ($650). Link removed due to no third party or off site sales policy Any info is greatly appreciated!
  8. I am new to the site. I have been looking for a anvil for over a year this past weekend I happened to stumble across two which I bought. The first one is a 125lb trenton anvil which I paid $350 for the second one is a 250lb vulcan anvil which i paid $600 for. I am torn on which one I should keep or if I should keep them both. Let me hear your thoughts!
  9. Hey everyone! So I spent all of Sunday driving through Washington to get down to SE Washington for an anvil. It looks like a Vulcan to me and what I found online indicates that that's probably what it is, but naturally more opinions than one makes for a more accurate diagnosis. I paid $180 for this guy and I estimate it weighs around 100# I did chalk rubbing on anywhere I thought likely to find some additional stamp or markings but I didn't find anything. All of the markings on it I found are in the pictures. I found (it looks like) LL&B Co. under the heel, the number 10 under the horn, and near that on the base I found what looks like 104 (the third number is hard to make out but its definitely 10_). I also noticed under the face, on both sides there is what appears to be a square bar that possibly runs through to each side, I'm not sure, I haven't really seen that before and I was wondering if anyone knew what it was, why it's there etc. I circled them in one of the pictures. You can see in the pictures that I have an "old" ammo can, if I turn it on it's end and set the anvil on it, it's almost perfect working height, so I was wondering how well you guys thing it would work as a stand if I filled it with sand, closed it up and turned it up on it's end? I put a $20 in two of the pictures for a size reference. Anyone know anything else about it?
  10. Purchased a 45kg/100 lb. Vulcan Anvil. Looks good and great size for the newbie. Needs the blue removed and then I can see what is underneath. Read about electrolysis for cleaning, interesting. For a Stand, I will be making one similar to Daniel.85's 2x12 stand, a great design.
  11. For months I've been looking at an anvil for sale. I don't especially need an anvil, I'm not a blacksmith or blacksmith wannabe, but I have a shop and like to work on a variety of equipment. It is a Vulcan, about 100 pounds. I see Vulcans don't rate as being very desirable in the comments here. I wonder if there is a price point that makes one desirable for general shop use? They are down to $125 for this anvil, from $250 a year ago. they describe it as a horse-shoers anvil. At least that is what it has been in its working life. It has no significant chips, the holes are a little worn at the edges, the top has shallow dents - not sharpsided, just something I can feel with my fingertips. Does $125 for a 100 poung vulcan make this something I might want to have or should I resist? TIA
  12. Hi, I bought a anvil here in Vietnam, it appears to be a vulcan with characteristic chipping seen in other vulcans, so probably it's real, I'm wondering if it's pre or from the Vietnam war era. See the pictures an comment. I paid about 80 dollars. I'm planing in taking it to my country when I finish my Assignment here in several years time. I don't do much forging. Any comment a bout possible history of this piece?
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