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  1. I'm considering purchasing the Peter Wright anvil in the top of the picture. The only comparison I have is my own which is the one in the bottom of the picture. Top is 241 lb and bottom is 96 lb. There is a noticeable difference in shape. The heel on the 241 is shorter than the 96. There is a difference in shape in the waist area. I am also concerned with the face. It doesn't sit far above the table like my 96. Any help in explaining the difference is appreciated.
  2. Hi, I'm fairly new to this forum, and after browsing around, decided to make an account on account of anvils. Arguably, the most difficult part of starting out blacksmithing is finding the proper tools, but this applies especially to anvils (as I believe) as they are varied, expensive, difficult to move around, and overall requires a lot of work to acquire a good one. However, I believe I may have found something great 138 miles from me is a 219 pound Peter Wright anvil going for $700. Not exactly the best price ($3.12 a pound) but in my part of California that's pretty much the best you'll ge
  3. So a few years ago I acquired an old peter Wright but then life got in the way and it has been resting at my parents house until today when i decided that I want to start Black-smithing so i know that this Anvil has seen some hard use well before I got it but I was wondering how much hard use it got since it is missing several of the hallmarks I think it is a rather early export ( New Jersey USA) i took my hammer to it and she rings very nicely so i know she still has a lot left to give. I am working on getting a stump this weekend to begin setting it up and have plenty of old horse shoes to
  4. I’ve been looking to get into blacksmithing for a while now and finally started getting things together. I found this Peter Wright anvil today. I wasn’t super excited about the plate that was welded on, but it was supposedly done right and re heat treated by a local machine shop here in okc. Haven’t had a chance to test with a ball beating but it does seem to have a good ring to it and I can’t find any dead spots. After seeing how much these usually go for I thought $240 was too good to pass up. Any thoughts/advice on this?
  5. Hello all - I am hoping I can get some help identifying my great grandfather's anvil. He was a blacksmith in the town I grew up in and this anvil sat outside his shop. Unfortunately I never got the opportunity to talk about it's significance or details of what makes this guy special. I've talked with a couple of farriers and they say it has a few features they havnt seen, and believe it to be rather special. Some talking points were it's length, the tool attachment knock outs and the nub hanging off of the from portion. Can anyone help me out and provide additional information? Anyth
  6. I want to show my new anvil. Posted on eBay, just 60 miles from me. If my math is correct it weight 169/170 pounds. I paid 405 and 120 miles round trip. Two questions for the experts, photo one shows two crosses under the horn, any significance? There is also a V on the bottom of picture three under the Peter Wright stamp. What does that mean? I don't see any other markings to identify age. Thanks, Duane
  7. Well I picked up my first post vise today. I found it at an antique store in Comfort, TX. It’s a 4” Peter Wright post vise. I think for $160 I got a pretty sweet deal. It’s in amazing condition. Now just to browse for a decent way to mount this sucker.
  8. Hi all. I want to identify my anvil I live in New Zealand but my anvil came from Birmingham England (told by the original owner before me) i have wire buffed and found only one mark in the middle of the front foot I will attach photos. Thanks for all the help in advance.
  9. Any of you out there that have any tips for spotting a Soderfors in a crowd without any obvious marks? The feet appear to be similar to Peter wright with the little step on them; correct? Anything else that screams Soderfors that I should be looking for?
  10. 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
  11. I just got this anvil for our blacksmith school and its a 588lb anvil with 2 separate 2 inch hardy holes. I have read in AIA that some peter wrights do not have any markings and the feet and other characteristics on this anvil fit that of a Peter Wright. I come to you all as a relatively new member for your expertise and to see if this size anvil is common and to learn more. I am hoping to see if you all think this is a good anvil and what your thoughts are. Thank you again.
  12. I picked up this Henry Wright Dudley anvil a few days ago. I used a wire wheel to clean it up. A few questions.... at the base, there's the #5 stamped on the corners. Any significance? Also, I'm concerned about de-lamination. I lightly smoothed the edges to remove any sharp corners. But, there is one area that looks cracked. I don't want to blindly grind away without consulting more opinions. Overall, I think it's a very well preserved anvil. Thanks for looking!
  13. Hello everyone...need some anvil expertise. I located an anvil about an hour away from me. The gentleman indicated it's a Henry Wright- OAL: 28" Face Width: 4.5" Height: 11" with the numbers 174 stamped on it. My guess is 174lbs. But, I have come across information that Henry Wrights also used the English Hundredthweight System. Can someone please verify. Thanks!
  14. Hi All, I'm new to this site and I really wanted to share my story with you all. I've been wanting to get into blacksmithing for sometime now, so I set about gathering the basic tools. As you can imagine, living in Thailand, its very difficult to find blacksmithing tools and the ones that I did find are really expensive (antique dealers). Anyway, I found out by word of mouth that a guy was selling an anvil, so me and the wife took a drive out to his place. Upon arrival to his shop I saw this monster anvil on display. I couldn't believe my eyes, I pretty much knew what it was at first
  15. Hello All! I just bought my first anvil and it's a Peter Wright 1 2 12. As I understand those numbers equate to 180lbs? I was curious if anyone out there knows an age range on this anvil. It says Peter Wright Patent Solid Wrought 1 2 12. I'm also curious to what the flute on the back end is for and the square holes in the base (not the hardy). Thanks!
  16. Greetings, everyone. I've always had an interest in blacksmithing and a few weeks ago decided to take a class to see if it was as enjoyable as I thought it would be. And of course it was, so I decided I'd like to keep it up. I've been looking for anvils at estate sales and online, and came across a Peter Wright that a woman was selling on Craigslist. It was originally painted with a layer of red and a layer of blue when I picked it up. She guessed it was around 150 pounds but couldn't tell for sure. The numbers on it are 1-1-6, so it should weigh 146, right? On a scale it comes in closer to 14
  17. I'm looking for tips or any type of do's & don't's advice I can get on restoring a Peter Wright anvil. The other day I was playing with my brake drum forge. I live on the corner so people are always driving by. I had a man offer to sell me a anvil. He was a older guy real nice. Told me he bought it at a estate sale 5 years ago but can no longer be around coal so had no use for it. Right now I'm in the middle of replacing my vans head gaskets so I couldn't go see it and knew he likely couldn't text me or email pictures. I asked him everything I could about it and he felt it was in
  18. Finally got my first anvil! Just posting because of my excitement. Can't wait to put it to use. It was marked for 350$ I got it for 200$ to the untrained eye the rebound is about 75% and the ring is super loud. Definitely going to require hearing protection when I start using it. Only down side was I had to drive 2 hours one way to get it. Not real sure of the age.
  19. Hay everyone, several years ago my grand father handed his old anvil that he had gotten from his father over to me. What looks to be an old Peter Wright. As of two year ago I started putting it to use, making knives here and there and just generally fixing things. Also coming up in a few weeks I have a booth for a local farmer's market that I'd like to include hand forged items in. One thing that's always bugged me about it though is the lack of any square edges. All of it is 1/4-1/2" radius where its not been chipped and its been a trial just to make tongs. I know a lot of you will just say u
  20. Does anyone see an issue with me grinding and sanding the horn and shelf on this anvil? The marks are making me crazy and it pi$$es me off when I see them.
  21. mlinn77

    Rescued leg vise

    Hi I just picked this up at auction and at a good price, it was all seized up and rusty, but all there, works like new now, just curious about maybe a age and confirmation on maker. It has 7inch jaws and about 150lbs, only mark is a J on the inside leg, its looks all hand forged, tool steel forged welded on the jaws. From reading different post I'm leaning towards a Peter wright. Attached is before and after and next to a 4 inch vise. That's not my set up just got the pictures.
  22. Very proud to say I picked this anvil up last week for my shop, and am looking to identify the brand and vintage. This will be my new main forging anvil so I am looking to clean it up and mainly want to know it's story I think it is a Peter Wright from the research I have done by design of the feet but I am a newbie at anvil identification. I weighed it and it is a hair under 300 pounds I believe it is Forged Steel construction. It has no markings other than a "H" on each side of the front foot. I have cleaned up the sides and nothing. It looks as if the machinists tested there punches on th
  23. Put together and anvil stand over the past few days (anvil is peter wright) and also forged my first metal: heated metal in my woodstove (Tough to get a good hat but I managed). It felt great. We are starting to thaw (Northeast) and in the next several weeks I hope to get the forge (Centaur) operating.
  24. My son, 14 YO, enetered trade schools this past September and has gotten interested in metal fab (he's made some nice stuff at school): he asked if I could get him some basic metalworking stuff (anvil, etc.) and I was surprised at the prices when I started looking. I've done a lot of reading on the subject over the last several weeks and have gottens some ideas. I placed an ad in Craigslist for "Blacksmith Tools Wanted" and got a call this morning. Went to look and ended up with: Hay Budden (~250#) Peter Wright (1.1.24) ??164# Potable forge Blacksmith vise He threw in a
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