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  1. Hi, I’m new here. I recently purchased the anvil I have attached pictures of. I have no idea of the age, country of origin, or method of manufacture. Why do some older anvils have a flat featureless back? Also, it has some sort of pillar running down the front, under the apron. Is this a fifth foot? or does it serve some other purpose? Looking forward to hear what you know.
  2. Hi, I'm looking to make a 1" square hole through a block of steel (44-56 RC)about 2-3 " deep. I have several blocks to chose from. They were used as some form of die and I've verified the hardness. Don't know what kind of steel other than higher carbon. They vary in size from 2.5-4.5" L X W X H. My plan is to toss in my forge then let cool slowly to take the hardness out, drill a hole close to size then reheat and try to drive a 1" square piece of hardened drill rod to shape the hole. I used my hardie hole to try and form a hardie shank but noticed a bit of bluing on the edge so not going there. XXXX since lots of videos of people doing the same for longer than I exposed my anvil. I have since a pic of a hardie shank forming tools that was a block with a square hole formed in it and it was chained to the top of their anvil. So I'm wondering how likely is this to work?
  3. Well I pulled the trigger on making a railroad track anvil the other day. I went to the scrap yard the other day and found a 3' chunk of UNUSED railroad track and made it mine for the low, low price of $21.00. I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do with it, I know I want to make a small anvil with a 3/4" hardie hole for general forging, but I'm thinking about making a smaller striking anvil, again with a 3/4" hardie hole, as well. Things I know... - The rail has not been used, so it's not work hardened. - I can mar and dent it quite easily with cold iron. - I spark tested it, it appeared to be high manganese. - A magnet is attracted to the steel. - It seems to file and grind easily. Things I don't know... - Will I need to harden the anvil when it's finished? - How hard is it to drill? (for the hardie hole) - Will the manganese steel work harden from forging on it? - I know a torch will cut the rail, but how do I get a good, clean, square cut on the rail head? - Is it weld able? I have little-to-no experience doing anything like this, so any advise would be appreciated! Thanks!
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