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  1. Found this bad boy literally buried in my yard and cleaned it up. It's missing a part to work as a vice. How well is the "anvil face" work for a beginner just starting out. It weighs about 70# and the anvil face is 5in x 5in. Thanks for the feedback on if it will work and any adjustments anyone could suggest that could make it work better.
  2. Not too long ago I found an old cast steel bar buried near a house. This bar is about 5" square and 20" long with a loop at the end and a broken section at the rear. I asked around about what it was and the best answer I've gotten is that it's some sort of counter weight. I've used this as an ASO without much issue. Is there someone who may know what this piece actually is and wether it's safe to use while forging?
  3. I stopped at the scrap yard today to see if I could find an anvil or piece of metal better than my one inch stainless plate on a stump. I found this injection die casting mold set that I believe is solid tool steel and weight about 150 pounds. I’m torn between just standing on end and using as is, or cutting it up and welding in a different orientation. I also grabbed a couple bars that I think were fork lift tines. I grabbed them figuring I could either use as a horn on the tool steel, or make a smaller horned anvil. Would I be better off cutting a slab of the tool steel and attaching to a mi
  4. 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.
  5. Finally found a decent anvil. Its an unmarked antique primitive nohorn. It has a strange oval shaped hardy/pritchel hole. It has a chip or two but I dont plan to refinish it so it doesnt lose any value. I cant find a name or weight on it but it doesnt matter to me. The price was right and it was local. No telling how many times i have stumped my toe on it in my woodshed. I used it a bit tonight and it was really pretty sweet. Its actually way better than my RR track.
  6. Saw this on YouTube. Easy to notice these fellows know little about anvils... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXtDj0eGhtw check from minute 3:35
  7. My grandfather bought this secondhand about 35 years ago, my Nana is now selling most of her things to move into a smaller house, this has been living in the garden as a patio ornament all that time. There doesn't seem to be any maker's mark, though it's exposure to the elements has left the surface pretty rough (it's obviously iron) I'm not sure how heavy it is but I regularly carry a 17kg dog and this thing I barely managed to get a cm off the ground for one second. All my Nana is interested in is what we should advertise it as (anvil or ASO) and how much we can get for it but
  8. Just starting out on sourcing objects to start a setup that will progress with time and dive into smithing. Ive always had the idea to start up blacksmithing but just never had the time (work, kids, funds) I'm a long time lurker of many forums and video content on youtube. I just thought i might start documenting my start-up for constructive criticism and possible slaps to the face while i make some dumb mistakes. Here is what ive sourced so far 1 - 14" x 18" 2" thick plate (120lbs roughly) unknown low quality steel. possible laminated anvil setup for knife making and who know p
  9. I got 12" of railroad track given to me as a gift, and I intend to make it into an anvil. Now, before y'all start cringing, I understand that RR Track is not the ideal anvil material. But I'm trying to start blacksmithing as part of a project for school, and I want to be show that you don't have to drop hundreds of dollars on an actual London Pattern anvil. That being said, I want to make this piece of rail as useful as possible. I've seen several drawings of RR anvils that are turned on their end; which I don't think is for me. Being very inexperienced at smithing, I'd rather not li
  10. So I just recently was given a railroad track anvil, shaped quite nicely and i believe a serious upgrade from my 30# cylindrical lump of mild steel i had previously been using, mostly just because someone somehow cut a beautifully straight hardie hole in it, as well as the fact that it has a horn. The only problem is, its only 10 pounds. The first problem I see is someone mentioned a "1/20 hammer to anvil ratio", which would imply I should use an 8oz hammer.. Is there any way to get around that? Set the anvil down in a wood stump to take stress off the center post/beam/thing? But asi
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