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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.
Every single "Coal forge upkeep" article i have read says to keep the coal damp. That's it. I need to know, how damp is damp? all the way through? On top of the fire? distance? etc etc. I am using Bituminous coal BTW. thanks in advance!
i cant find the post in here to put a thank you in it but i know i found it in here once on the fact that mild steel when quenched in salt water will make a good spring for a leg vice i have driven myself nuts trying to reforge some old leaf springs and just not been happy with the shattering or them being to soft and the hassle of trying to take a 3/16th or so by 2inch wide piece of steel and make it into a half inch by inch piece of steel so anyway i had a perfect fire going today after finishing up some railings and the above comment popped back into my head and 15minets later i have 2 vices with springs in the once more so thanks again