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  1. Has anyone ever seen one of these tiny vises?
  2. Following a recent retrenchment I decided to renew an earlier interest in blacksmithing and started planning a small garage forge set-up. A visit to a local salvage yard to investigate a hand-cranked blower was disappointing because the blower was beyond economic repair but by chance I found a 'German' style leg vice at a reasonable price which was in fair condition for restoration. This vice has the benefit of the extra-large side plates which provide additional support and stability to the front jaw and therefore was an immediate purchase. After surveying it I found that it is just missing the front thrust washer, the complete mounting bracket [the welded tab was a previous owner's quick-fix, I think], the spring, and the front jaw thread-protector - all things often missing on 2nd-hand vices. As far as I can tell, the German vices tended to have a mounting bracket that is bolted to the vice and screwed into the support post through scrolled 'V' shaped arms [see right-hand picture of the various mount styles attached]. I will have to forge one of these once I am up and running. Similarly, I plan to make the front thrust washer by forging a ring from square bar and welding it closed. The front jaw has a small hole just above the washer location which I assume is to lock the washer and prevent it from rotating. I will need to create a tab on the washer for this. Can anyone tell me whether this vice would have had a 'U' shaped spring - the space seems a bit small for the simple single-leaf style found on 'English' style vice. Also, if anyone has a photo of a 'screw protector plate' I would be interested to see what it should look like - this is a fitting that attaches to the inside of the front jaw and covers the exposed threads as the jaws open and which just rides over the screw box as it closes.
  3. CIRON

    New Vice - Ciron

    Picked this one up last week while up at the cottage. I am finding blacksmith items a lot in vintage antique shops. Problem is around Toronto area they jack up the prices on them. This one wasn't too bad paid just over $100 Can for it. I can't get a good desktop one for that so i didn't think that was too bad. I have seen them posted as high as 500 on kijiji. This shop was out in the back country so they didn't jack it up. I am not sure the date or make as i did not see any markings on it. Any help identifying would be awesome!! This makes me sad to see this one below. I saw it at an old mill near where i live in a garden! Chris
  4. I have my grandfathers old blacksmith shop tools that I need to do something with. The building is about to fall down and needs to be demolished. It has these old belt driven tools in it and I don't want to scrap them. I would like to see them restored and used again if possible. I would like any help identifying them and what I could do with them. Are they worth anything? Some of these look hand made. Don't know.
  5. I've been working for a local smith on the weekends. The other day he showed me a vice that he has in storage.... I've heard of these but hadn't ever seen one before, I thought it was pretty fantastic. He mentioned being open to selling it, unfortunately I think that it would cost more than my current vehicle...and I'm kinda short on cash right now :/ I have no idea what the screws look like or anything, what would be a ballpark figure. He also asked me to let him know if there was any action on here about it. I don't know what he's thinking on price, just wondered what you all thought.
  6. DoubleD

    20140808 Post Leg 03

    "2996" Stamped above the screw.
  7. DoubleD

    New Post Leg

    Picked up a 6" leg vice at the 127 Yard Sale. In real good shape for as old as it must be especially. The only markings I can find on it are the numbers "2996" above the screw. it has the "V" style bracket. Any ideas of its origins? Thanks.
  8. DoubleD

    20140808 Post Leg 02

    My first Post Leg Vice.
  9. JTF

    Vice 6 & A Quarter inch 015

    newly mounted 6" against the little 4" .
  10. natkova


  11. Hi, This is my first post and only had one go at blacksmithing so far but always wanted to do it so have decided to get into it. I have cobbled together a forge from a gifted blower and old sink and it heats metal to red hot so a good start. I have been offered a combination anvil/vice from my father in law. made by the foos manufacturing company of springfield Ohio and labeled up scientific on the other side. I have attached what photos i have. As i am just starting out all i am looking to do is small work maybe the odd railroad spike knife (my forge is quite small). I have read the forums and the general concensus is that the combination anvil/vice are cast iron and more for decoration than use. is this the same with this vice with it being somewhat over 100 years old? It is going to cost me maybe $100 to get it shipped. the same one is for sale on ebay for $650 so my father in law should be able to get $500 and he need the money more than I need a poor quality anvil. Being in Australia even poor anvils on ebay are going for $400-$500 plus delivery. My question is if i get this combination anvil will I be able to use it or end up destroying it in short order? any advice from the more experience members is greatly appreciated. Thanks Neil
  12. Like most smiths on here, I am always on the lookout for a nice big postvise. I have a few of the average 4"-5" jaw ones around that I use all the time, but a monster vise has alluded me all together. Unfortunately, my luck continues. I haven't found a big one, but I might have found the smallest? -Derek
  13. I have what I think is an old blacksmith vice complete with a hand rank and fan to stoke a fire. I don't have the original "firebox" that fits at the discharge of the fan (wish I did). The vice has no markings as to the manufacturer. It was my grandfathers and I have no idea how old it may be. I know he worked on the railroad but who knows where he got it from But, my question is: The vice includes a short cylindrical section that is approximately 2" below the bottom of the clamping area. The cylindrical section is connected by gears to the vice crank. Through a slip mechanism on the vice crank, you can rotate the cylindrical section. Does anyone know what the cylindrical section was used for
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