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  1. Howdy all, I need some help with this anvil. I bought it today and did EXTENSIVE online research, and the only references I could find to it were on this forum (which were vague). I'm looking for any history/insight that any of you might have into the how old this anvil is, who made it, and any other bits of knowledge you might have. On the anvil itself, the words (barely readable) are as follows Lewis Warranted Best Tiedin (Is this a last name? Am I misreading this? NO results on google for tiedin. Doesn't even sound like a legit word to me) Thanks
  2. Hello, I just picked up this old double bick anvil in an early 19th century farm/sawmill/flourmill. The anvil is stamped with "E.W" and 210 (252 pounds). It weights 246lbs on my scale. The hardy hole location reminds me of a french anvil. The steel face is about 1/2"-5/8" thick from what I can see. It has a sharp and loud ring.It does have a good saddle in the middle. Do you have any information regarding this brand of anvil or its origin? Thanks for your help!
  3. I recently purchased this 209 pound anvil and (Has 1 3 13 markings on it, though they are fading) looking to hopefully ID a maker? I tried to clean it up, but still didn't see anything that could be clearly defined as a maker's mark. Also can't see the underside without un-mounting it (which I plan to do because the angle steel used to mount it doesn't provide a solid mounting option), but I'm hoping the flat-top helps make a positive ID. Thoughts?
  4. Good evening All. I've just picked up a John Brooks from a farm auction in East Sussex, United Kingdom. I think its a 123 English Hundredweight? I can not find any online pics like it. I've not got it on a scale yet but I can say, I shouldn't pick it up myself... Any ideas? Thank You in advance for your help!
  5. I got this Trenton anvil a few weeks ago. It seems in pretty good shape, with no real damage that I can tell, and no visible repairs that I can note. I'm wondering if this anvil is too old, so that its' face is not a highly tempered face. I have dropped a ball bearing on the face and the rebound is poor 50% (or a bit less?). I have 4 older smaller blacksmith hammers and one of them has pretty good rebound off the face, and all around the face , front to back. The other three smaller hammers have poor rebound everywhere. So I am wondering if this anvil is too old to have a highly tempered face? I ask this because I am not sure what to expect about the face response question/health. The serial seems to be A (lower left leg gone in the divot) 310 (6 seems to be the consensus of the last digit). I do not know how to age this anvil based upon the apparent serial. Hourglass bottom. On the whole the anvil seems in very good shape. W seems as 178 or 173. I think 178. My lbs scale says 174.5. There is another Trenton post, here and that anvil seems to have Columbus USA, or something like that below Trenton. On my anvil I can not make anything out below the Trenton name. Thanks you your help in clarifying these questions.
  6. Hi all, I just came across and bought an Arm and Hammer anvil. I'm a major noob but from reading what people are saying about this brand, I'm pretty excited. The serial number stamped on the foot is 37117. Would anyone know roughly when it might have been made? (I don't have the AIA book) It is also stamped with "99" under the logo; is that a reference to the weight? The seller said it was around 100 lbs. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi guys Please help me I'm new to the craft an am busy looking for a anvil. I found this one but I hope you can help me make my mind up. Is this anvil to damaged and is that round a "hardy" or what Please give me your thoughts on the anvil. The guy said that the anvil is round about 200 kg (÷- 440 pound) And compared to other anvil of the same weight it's about half the price
  8. After months of looking on Craigslist/offerup/etc. I see a post by someone who says they'll be selling some anvils in the area. He's selling 135lb anvils, cast from high carbon 1053 steel, tempered to a hardness of 55-62. Does this look like a good buy?
  9. Just got this anvil from my uncle but the markings are hard to make out. Attached are some photos that I was hoping someone could help me identify the anvil and any other manufacturing details. Thanks Mike
  10. Howdy! I'll attach a couple photos of an anvil my grandpa recovered from an abandoned farm. It's a smaller, 25lb (though she comes out to 22 and a half) anvil, very well used. The top is in pretty decent condition, actually. Not many divets or dents. One of the edges is in terrible shape, very big chunks taken out from it, and one side has what looks like fairly deep pock marks in the main body. The horn is in great shape, as are the hardy and pritchell holes. And, if anyone knows what kind of anvil this is, certainly wouldn't hate to have it identified! Much thanks in advance, and I'm pretty proud of her even if she is a bit beat up, as she's my first proper anvil. I'll include a picture of what I "worked" on before, just for giggles.
  11. Belknap/A&h anvil

    I recently inherited my grandfather's Belknap anvil. The serial number is either 87420 or 37420, anyone out there with a copy of AIA that could shed some light on the history? My family is from Louisville and the "knap" is the only identifiable part of the original logo stamp, so I assume it was a licensed A&H from the early 1900's. The edges are still sharp and the striking face is dead flat, I never knew my grandfather so I feel extremely lucky to have this piece of history connecting us.
  12. New guy from Ohio

    Well hello all, I am new to the blacksmithing world but definitely not new to beating on metal, I've been a auto body tech for about 14 years now and definitely had my fair share of panels to beat. I've always had a big interest in blacksmithing but up until a few days ago I hadn't came across the right anvil, so that brings me here. The request for anvil identification has been split off into its own thread:
  13. Odd Anvil - WHAT IS IT??

    Hey to this site and wanted to share pictures of an anvil my grandfather has had for around 20-30 years or so. He got it from US Steel plant, where he worked, and brought it home. They were tearing down some buildings and were going to throw it away and he had it loaded on his truck to bring home. We mounted it on a steel work table so it could be swiveled and rotated. Never have had a reason to use it, but it is one of the biggest and coolest anvils we have ever seen. Each "leg" of the anvil is a different size. They are all the "half-moon" shape.It is also extremely heavy, so no worries of anyone stealing it!! haha. I'm hoping someone here can help us identify it and tell us more about it.
  14. This anvil has been sitting on my Papa's back porch for as long as i can remember and he got it from a friend and who knows where he got it. It's about 115 lbs and not in bad shape from what i can tell, but the table is pretty torn up. I've seen people cut lines in their hammers for texture but never an anvil and that is what it looks like here. how should i go about cleaning it up? A friend of mine said to use an angle grinder, and my teacher has put his anvils to his surface grinder, i don't want to ruin the anvil by overheating and it is really only the table that is bad. Also, What is the round cup like thing? ive never seen one and it was with the anvil so im lost on that one.
  15. 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
  16. Hey gang, Finally bought my first anvil and I'm pretty psyched about it! It's a 173# Hay-Budden. I tested rebound with 1" ball bearing and it's ~90%. Serial# 18045. Anybody got any more info on this thing? Here are some pics (don't mind the giant stump, I'm going to resize it):
  17. I don't know the weight maybe close to 100 pounds. And I can't read the stampings. This is my first anvil and I also got a chunk of tree to use for a stand. There are a couple chips but nothing too major. The piece of ash was free. Anvil 50 dollars. Does anyone have advice on how to clean this anvil up
  18. I bought an anvil recently that has a decent coat of rust on it and probably hasn't been used in a bit. It's a 250# Fisher from 1892, I'll make a post with some pictures when I get a chance. I have been researching finishes and the consensus seems to be light wire brushing and boiled linseed oil coat for the sides. My question is if there is any downsides to taking a wire wheel to the sides to remove the rust before putting a linseed coat on? Aesthetically I prefer the cleaner look but I don't want to hurt the anvil in any way. Thanks!
  19. Big ol post vise

    I’ve had this vice for about 2 years now and I have no clue what brand it is. Was going to see if anyone had some sort of idea. It came out of a railroad rounding house in Idaho. Thanks in advance!
  20. Soderfors anvil

    Got this little soderfors anvil and would like to know more about it. Is it casted or forged? And an estimated date range. There is a mouse hole in the back of the anvil and nothing in the front. Thanks in advance - Beardedblacksmith
  21. Peter Wright Dating?

    I got this little peterwright anvil can anyone estimate the age? All I know it’s before 1908 from the stamping. But the horn makes me believe it can be before 1900’s. But I don’t know
  22. I bought a 72 lb piece of steel plate from a scrapyard yesterday. It's about 12 x 10" and roughly an inch and a half thick. The corners are very sharp. It has 3 one inch diameter holes bored into its face, spaced along each of the two long sides. I was hoping to make a makeshift anvil out of this. Should I put it on a post? Stump? Weld a some steel tubes onto it for bending? Just interested in some ideas. My experience is limited.
  23. I’d appreciate any help you all can give me. I’m wondering how to clean up my anvil. I’m also wondering if any one can weigh in on what you think it is worth. I know I got a deal at $50. I’m just curious. Thanks
  24. This has been split off and put in its own topic. Hi all. I'm new at blacksmithing so I don't know how to identify anvils by style. I was wondering if you could help me identify one: It is only about a foot long and I didn't see any markings. Also is squared sides or rounded sides more useful in an anvil?
  25. Has anyone seen one of these and what is it called? Not for sale but I found it on CL The anvil appears to have 4 parts, The anvil stand, The clamping device, with the top of the clamping device as the center face of the anvil, The horn and square hole swage, The heel and round hole swage. The horn and heel are connected by a common round shaft going through the clamping device and attached to both the horn and heel. You would loosen the bolts on the clamping device, rotate the horn and heel, and tighten the clamping device to hold it in place. PS...Glenn helped me out with the descriptions. Very interesting!