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  1. Hi all. I have had an orphan bit of rail track in the shed that I keep stubbing my toe on so on a wet Saturday I decided to make a swage block out of it. Currently just in the roughing out stage. I am cutting it using indexible carbide tools, but it is pretty tough and so slow going. It will have 3 off 90 deg grooves, 3 off 180 deg radii grooves and a larger radius. I am currently waiting for a carbide ball end mill to arrive in the post for finishing the radii
  2. Well, I tried the TPAAAT method and had results within 24 hours. Now comes the part where I try and figure out how much to offer and get some help from you folks on what kind of condition this animal is in. I will go back tomorrow with a ruler and a ball bearing and test the rebound, as well as lightly tapping all over the face horn and heel. I did tap the face once and it rang very strongly, sort of like a bell. It seemed very hard. I think it’s cast steel, It weighs around 150 pounds and the only mark I could find on it was sort of indistinct under the heel. I’ve included a photo. At the bottom of the anvil there is an oval shaped indentation and everything else seems like it’s intact just a little bit of wear on the step and face. I also found a swage that looks to be at least 100 pounds and numerous tongs.
  3. I am looking for a small-medium sized swage block. It is not an urgent search but if anyone has one that they want to get rid of. I need it to have a 1" hole so i can make hardies and i would like it to have V's on one edge. thanks Josh
  4. Hey guys! My dad picked up a peice of one inch plate that’s 24” by 24” for free off a job site he was working on. The plan is for a striking anvil! I was thinking since we have the plate to make it 6 inches wide by 24 inches long with a one inch hardie hole. But I was wondering since I have the length if I should put a different shaped hole on the other end like a swage block Kinda? Like a rectangular hole for drifting axes and such? thanks Rylan
  5. Hey guys, Not entirely sure where to put this but I had an idea the other day. My rail anvil doesn't have a hardy hole, obviously. Was watching youtube videos of various hardy tools in use so I thought to myself that would be handy to have. Rather than have a single use tool...Why not get a half egg milled out of one side, a half sphere out the other. Maybe even some various sized rounded and v notches in the edge. Then you take it out of the vice turn it and use like a limited swage block? How much 'volume' would you need around the hardy hole to avoid breakouts? Basically my local engineering shop is looking for dimensions before they give me a price.
  6. Hello I would like to know more about my new to me swage block and original stand for it. I know there is no way to tell what year ect it was made or by who it was made. But if there is any other way to find out more info I would like to learn more about this piece. Here are some pictures of it. I am excited to own it and I am going to love to learn more about it and blacksmithing in general. I have not weighted it yet but it is 16"x16"x4.5" Thanks Nick
  7. Hi. I found this tool at a garage sale, and the seller didn't know what it was. I know what it is, but I don't know what it's called. My name for it would be "fork fuller" for obvious reasons, but that's not the correct name. I don't see any of these on eBay. Does anybody know what they are called?
  8. Ok so I have been looking for a swage block for some time now and finally i have the money for one to boot. I found this guy selling 4 brand new fresh cast swage blocks and i want to get one but i just want to make sure its not something im going to regret down line like if i had purchased a cast iron anvil or something. He is asking $340 canadian which seems like a good deal to me. The add reads These swage blocks are new castings from a good grade of cast iron. Size: 12-1/4 x 7-1/2 x 3-1/2” thick. 65 lbs Swage Block Notes: You will have to do some light grinding on the swage block at the parting line. The as-cast edges need to be radius ground as well before use. The amount of grinding and polishing you do is your choice.
  9. I've been searching for a good swage block, especially one with triangular grooves. I have found a few places that sell them like Pieh or Saltfork but they aren't quite what I'm looking for. Searching on craigslist is hopeless in my area, and ebay is killing my soul. Would it be advisable just to have the pattern I have in mind custom cast? If I go that route, I'd be able to make it exactly how I want, but it would more than likely cost me dearly. I'd be quite happy if anyone had any good leads to follow up on.
  10. I've just purchased this interesting block, obviously it's some kind of swage block but has a anvil look about it also Any ideas of its use? It came from the far north of Scotland It came with this other block, again an interesting block, both weigh around 90kg each
  11. 118 lb Hay Budden recently acquired for the museum collection. The anvil is in great condition. I have not checked the serial number yet. Interesting that it came with a multi-slot half round swage that is saddle shaped, and fit this anvil perfectly. It even has a hole that will line up with the pritchel hole for a pin to drop in, keeping it from moving. I am wondering if it was made by HB for this anvil, or was an aftermarket addition. There are no marking that I can find on the swage.
  12. Show me your Swage Block. There are many different patterns of swage blocks out there, some in use, some holding the door to the shop open during the summer. Please provide the manufacture, the dimensions, weight, and any history of the swage block. Swages seem to have stories about where they were found and how they are used that are always interesting. Let us hear those also.
  13. Hello I would like to share some pictures of the work Irish, 5starhobo and myself did over the last few weeks. A 3.5lb rounding hammer 5starhobo and Irish forged for Irish out of 2inch by 4 1/2inch 1045. Two bottom swages I directed Some other small forgings 5star and I did one day, from left to right a small english pattern hammer, small set hammer, prototype ball peen hammer, an adjusted top swage and an unfinished flatter.
  14. eseemann

    spoons back

    Working on some Spoons to take camping. These are the first few things I have done so far.
  15. eseemann


    Working on some Spoons to take camping. These are the first few things I have done so far.
  16. I have two smelting ladles of different sizes and not doing any smelting myself, I thought I would mount them onto a log and use as bowl swages. They are cast iron and fairly thick but I am wondering if anyone has tried this, and if any reinforcement was needed inside the ladle to prevent stress on the cup. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
  17. Got a little Fathers Day Flea Marketing done and found these two big handled swages in Oakland, California. 1 3/4 and 2 inch along with a nifty gate latch to copy. Having a hard time imagining a use for a hand held tool this BIG. A two inch tenon would be on a minimum 2+ inch stock. I'm not working anything that big in my little patio smithy, though clamped face up in a vise they'd be nice for big curves. Historically, what would swage that big? Railroad, shipyard work?
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