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  1. Hey there, I'm new here. Like many others, I too bought an anvil and need help identifying it. It may (or may not) have a little bit of history in it that could be interesting (or not). I am located in Germany and the anvil i bought is definitely British. The shape is a classic "london pattern", just like a Brooks with a relatively thick heel. I'm pretty sure it's cast steel since the only hole is from the bottom straight up and the ring is fairly high pitch and long lasting. The only markings i could find are stamped on the opposite side of where you would normally expect the makers mark. They read as follows: RH 1 1/4 cwt 1945 -> So far I found out that the cwt is the weight (around 63.5kg) and 1945 is the manufacture date. The broad arrow denotes it was owned by the British military. No idea what RH means. I could not find a manufacturer with those initials. Maybe it means Royal Hussars but no idea if those even used anvils; and then the question of who manufactured it would remain. Would be interesting to find out where it was made, who made it and how it ended up here, especially because of the manufacturing date.
  2. Hey guys! Found this anvil here in São Paulo, Brazil and need help identifying it. I know it weights around 200 Kg and that's all... Can you help me?
  3. Hello, My first anvil, feels good, feels really good! Not sure my car agrees though after the trip home! I want to love it and care for it and have given it a light wire brushing as it was mossy and double painted... I would like to know as much about it as possible, i work it out as 326lbs from the 2 3 18 on the side and also that it is probably English because of this numbering. It has a cross with dots on the other side and JWJ /\ on one of the legs. I have attached some pics if it worked! If anyone can help me id it I would be very grateful. One of the hardy holes is blocked with ?lead, i'll probably just leave that. The other hole will work if i need it. The chip on the side I will probably also leave I cant bring myself to angle grind her just yet! I was going to oil it but realised that the only oil i had was either two stroke or mineral oil for my bike brakes! Would either be appropriate or should I go out and buy something specific? Any advice on how to maintain her would also be greatly appreciated. I plan on making some knives when I get a hammer some tongues and a forge to go with her (i'll probably make one out of an old propane tank or something coz i'm skint now!). Thanks in advance. Keiran.
  4. Hey y'all! This is my first official post on the site, thanks for having me! Just yesterday I bought my first anvil from a guy on Craigslist, I got it for $180 so it was a good deal in my opinion, despite the damage to it. As far as I know it's a Hay Budden, probably around 125lb (it weighs about 100lb without the heel.) there's an indication of a hardened steel plate welded to what I assume is a wrought iron base. The heel is missing, and I can't seem to find a serial number anywhere, so I would really appreciate any help identifying this beauty. Considering this is my first anvil, and I'm a newbie blacksmith at best, I don't plan on trying to repair this anvil any time in the near future. I know how you all feel about taking a grinder to an anvil face, so I won't ask, however there is a considerable amount of chipping on the face, and with a missing hardy hole, I can't easily make a striking plate either. In the eventual possibility that I need a more refined edge for forging, what repairs should I consider making? Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Edit: Also it appears this gal got rusted up pretty bad, and someone tried to paint over it. I don't want to risk ruining a patina that's older than I am, so I'm wondering if removing the rust and paint is worth doing, or if it's best to just leave it be. Thanks!
  5. Hello....I'm new to this forum. Need help identifying the anvil in the attached picture. I went to look at it today but the no so great bounce with a 5/8" ball and ring turned me off. 200# anvil with no maker mark I could see. Face wasnt bad....edges were ok. I'm in NYS. He was at $225.....I was at $200......Thank you for any and all input. I'm wondering if I left a good one behind?
  6. I’m don’t want to be a jerk that posts a sentence and a terrible picture and has to have you guys tell me pictures and descriptions help, so I tried my best to help you help me. Picked this guy up over the weekend for $85 in west central Indiana. Plainly you can see it’s been broken and used quite a bit. Any glaring characteristics that will help with identifying it? And what is the next step in getting it ready for use. I’ve seen sandblasting, electrolysis, wire wheel, vinergar, and so on and so forth. I’m just hoping to get a little advice and thank you in advance for taking the time to help. I see a small o and then a 1 (maybe or something else idk) I think, and definitely 22. I was told it was a 130lb anvil. I was looking at the same side of the number and saw a small x but other than those I can’t find any markings yet. And with the part missing I could see it being 1*128 + 2*26 + 2lbs= 182 - 50 lbs(for the broken part) and it being 130lbs. Although I haven’t weighed it I believe it is definitely close to that weight. It does have handling holes on both sides and the bottom. The one picture I messed with the color a little bit to try to get the number to stand out better. While I should have but didn’t put a reference item or measured it I would say from horn to break is around 20”. If it will help greatly I’ll dimension the whole xxxx thing. I know an anvil doesn’t have to be great to get the job done and I’m happy to have it. In todays market where I’ve been pricing anvils at between $ 4/5 a lb., $85 makes me suspicious even though it’s “broken”. I’m planning on making blades and some tools. So although a hardy hole would be optimal for my first anvil I’m kind of shocked that I found one for so cheap. I did a ping test and while my ears aren’t the best I hit it and definitely hear a ping. Don’t have a ball bearing yet to test a rebound yet but with a hammer I could feel a rebound. I know you shouldn’t grind the face of it but I can’t help but want to clean it up and flatten it out some. Idk if it’s my ocd or what... Thanks dean
  7. Hello, all. I am trying to suss out the origin of my anvil. It weighs 147.5 lbs. and it bears the marking "147". It has the markings "163165" on the base. It also has a marking that I believe says "Brooklyn, NY", and "______ manufacturing CO". I really appreciate any help with this. Thank you.
  8. 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
  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. Hiya folks. I'm buying this old fly press and I'm curious about its origins. I googled around to my best capacity but was unable to find anything about the press or the manufacturer. The press is about 2 meters/6,5 feet high and weights around 350kg/770 pounds Any sort of info on it would be greatly appreciated, cheers.
  11. Thanks to njanvilman ive been able to identify my anvil and thanks to a bunch of old fashioned elbow grease I've finally got my stand done, my anvil wire wheeled and a nice coat of lindseed oil cooked on. Even made a nameplate at work for free identifying the anvil in case i kick the bucket so the next guy will know what it is haha. Tell me what you think. Constructive criticism is welcomed. PS I know the anvil needs to be attached to the stand. Right now I just have it routed out and set in the pattern.
  12. Hello, first off I am sorry that I do not have any pictures at the moment, I will update with pictures when I am able. I would like to know what kind of steel railroad track connectors are made from (to be clear this is not railroad track). From what I have seen on the web my guess is that it is made from the same high carbon steel that railroad track is made from. However I was not able to get an actual confirmation on it. I was hoping that I could make hardy hole tools from it as well as other items that require good steel. For those who are curious as to how I got a railroad track connecting rod: I work at a place that uses railroads and it was leftover junk that I was permitted to take. thank you all
  13. I purchased this anvil today and I cannot find what the make of this anvil is. I am happy to have gotten it as I have been looking for one for several months. By my estimate I think it is around 200lbs with the chain and block. There are some letters that I can make out but none of it seems to correlate with any brands I have researched. Any help identifying this would be appreciated.
  14. Hi! This is my first anvil and i need help to identyfy it. It may be a German anvil but im not shure. It ways around 89 kg and the only readable thing written on the anvile is GARANTIE and 89.
  15. I just saw the following anvil for sale near my location. At first glance, it seemed to be a bit heavy for my needs as a beginner, particularly since I am still building my shop. The seller mentions that it is about 350# but the single picture doesn't show any markings on it. I'm also puzzled about the hole on the side being so close to the surface and wondering about its quality. Could this be a cast iron anvil with no hardened face? The price seems quite low at about $1/pound. I've asked the seller for more pictures, particularly of the surface and any markings on the anvil. I will post them as soon as I receive any. Worth the time to go and see this in person? Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
  16. Auction Link removed Any idea what kind of anvil this is (cast iron or steel or steel plate), how old it is, and/or the manufacturer? I haven't seen it in person, and I'm wondering if I should bid on it prior to the auction ending tomorrow evening. This would be used by my husband who is a newbie and is making kukhri-sized knives/machetes. I could ask him, but I want to surprise him. Is this too small (width-wise) for his use? Thanks! Jennifer in Central Minnesota
  17. I recently became interested in all this stuff and came across an anvil. It looks like a Hay Budden 125 pounds. It's fairly beat up. I dug it out of an old garage/workshop like I was on "American Pickers". It looks like the serial number is 19685. Could someone help me with the age of this thing and offer any tips for cleaning it up? I started using a wire brush on it but that's about it. I just got the thing home and I'm super excited. Any help would be amazing! Joe
  18. picked this old gal up on craigslist. the face is a bit, umm,shall we say..worn ive been messing around out it the shed with it , having a blast. heres my question.. can anyone help me identify it? i can see a number 1 and a number 2 , the middle number is worn.besides those, there are no other markings. also, ive never seen a pritchel up front, exiting out the side. the table is very small as well. thanks ahead of time guys
  19. I just bought my first post drill for $30.00. Its a Columbia but there are no identifying numbers anywhere on the drill. It is stuck pretty solid at this point but I have gotten some of the smaller parts moving and the set screws loose. I think I can get the rest moving with more work, lubrication and time. The drive wheel for the self feeder is broken but a prior owner forged a piece of similar size stock to complete the circle then encased both pieces in a ring of metal that looks similar to a mini wagon tire. I just need to cut or grind the teeth into the new semi circle so the actuator arm will move the wheel. I also need to make the actuator arm which I think I can accomplish. There are a couple of gears missing that appear to have been mounted on a 1/2 diameter x 10 inch long shaft. The shaft is missing as well. It should be mounted between the main shaft and the fly wheel. I have no idea what they two gears might do but I have seen a picture of a similar vice from a post on this site from several years ago. Does anyone have any of those parts for sales in the parts box or have any ideas what those gears are intended to accomplish.
  20. Hey folks, So I've had this anvil for over a year, and when I first purchased it could not see any identifying marks. During the winter it got exposed to rain (wind blew off tarp) and became really rusty and needed some cleaning. As I removed the rust, I started to see several visible markings, but could not initially make heads or tails of them. You can see in the photos that three of the marks overlap, making them harder to decipher. However through research and observation, I've come up with some fairly good guesses. PHOENIX WARRANTED TRENTON ACME Based on the markings of other Trenton anvils, I suspect the circular stamp says "SOLID WROUGHT" On the front foot is the following: 77 A43411 (I assume those are 4s) I assume 77 is the lbs as when I put it on the scale it came to 75lbs. I've also read that "A" could be the initial of the individual anvil maker, and that Trenton stopped marking "A" after 1920. Lastly the foot itself has an hourglass depression which I've read was common in Trentons. As I've never seen an anvil with so many markings, I am a little confused interpreting what I have. I'm assuming it's a Trenton, and while I've heard of Trenton's stamped with "PHOENIX" and "ACME", I don't know of any with all three. I'd appreciate if anyone could help clarify, and explain what exactly I have here and maybe help pinpoint a date. Thanks. Joel
  21. I just picked this anvil at an old farm. Looking for some help identifying this piece. The only markings that can be distinguished are the 10 at the bottom front and an "A" above that. Thanks for your help/
  22. I have been told that this anvil is more than likely a Trenton Anvil sold by The Bostwick & Braun Company in Toledo, Ohio which was (and is) a large hardware supply house. The stamps on the anvil look like "Z 12" on the left and "A23812" on the right.
  23. picked up a camshaft a while back and its stamped "A3" - anyone know if that means it's A3 steel? a couple of pics for reference ... thanks
  24. I was fortunate enough to get this anvil yesterday after a bit of back and forth. I have been looking for another serviceable shop anvil to compliment my 141lb Peter Wright and my poor beat to nothing old English style anvil (and lets not kid ourselves, I'm always on the lookout for a good deal on a bigger anvil). This anvil came up on a general sale site site with photos showing its dimensions and nothing much else. At the time and after acquiring it I figured it for around 250lbs. It was initially a very good deal, but once they figured out they had priced it low they wrote and said they were going to adjust the price. I replied agreeing that they had undervalued it and let them know I was open to a change in price, and to please contact me once they had decided (this was all in the morning when I was still at home). After going to work in my shop all afternoon I had just given up hope when I got the call. They said the first $500 takes it home. At that price and $20 in gas I wasn't likely to loose money if I want to resell it so I agreed and two hours later had this thing back home. As I mentioned it appears to be around 250lbs. It is mixed condition (more on that later), but has great rebound and is LOUD! from heel to nose (or horn if you prefer). There appears to be a little bit of sway, but the working surface only has a few marks and very light pitting. There are no dead spots on the face. Hardy hole is 1 1/4" and pritchel is crisp. Despite the good condition of the face-plate the body itself is quite beat with almost no readable markings left, just a bunch of punch marks and hammer marks. After taking a wire brush to the sides and clearing off a lot of paint (it seemed to have several layers of light blue and green paint very well adhered on the body) I was only able to make out a 7 and 3(?) stamped midway down one side. I asked if the seller knew the history and he said he did not, that he had gotten it from a relative who was a farmer and had another one that was the same size so he was getting rid of this one. It's dimensions are a hair larger than 5x19" on the face, just over 31" long total, and just over a foot high. For now this guy is getting a new stump and going to work in the shop to see if I like it. Any help on identification would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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