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I've been thinking for the last month or so that my first anvil was going to be a track anvil.
Well, last night after a local blacksmith guild meeting, I was getting a bite to eat at a bar (best burgers in the county) when the bartender introduces the guy paying his tab next to me as a "horseshoer". Well after a short talk I asked him if he knew anyone with an extra anvil layin' around. Just so happens he did.

I now have in my possession a good condition 152# Peter Wright (by the stone stamps). The only things I see "wrong" are the chip above the stamp (which is very well defined) and a little bit of sway in the horn.
It also came with a stand, 6 tongs (3 gripper, 1 offset rivet/bolt/round stock?, and 2 ???), and a hardy cutter and fuller. All for US$250.
Now I've just got to source a forge/fuel, a vice, and maybe some room in the shop once it's built, but I'm not off to a bad start. As a matter of fact I think I owe old boy a beer or 2 for the lead.

BTW: What are the two sets of tongs on the far left for? I think the second one might be for pulling horseshoe nails out.

BTW 2: I'm still probably going to make a rail anvil.

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Tongs L to R. 1) Maybe designed for sheet metal. 2) If they are sharp enough to get in a horseshoe crease, they could be nail pullers. 3) Side tongs for getting around obstructions. 4) Flat jawed tongs. 5) Holding rounds from the side? 6) Nice pair of Stanley/Atha flat jawed tongs; the size they hold should be stamped on them.

Overall, a good deal for all that you acquired.

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That's a really nice anvil and tools, and an awesome story to go with it!

And you got a stand with it, too... a real jackpot! Now you can go home and use it immediately. You don't even have to wait until you build your own stand.

Congrats on your serendipity.

All the best

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I can definitely see how that first set of tongs could be used for sheet metal.
Now for dressing the edges i hear the most I should go is about a 1/4" radius on the heavy use areas 1/8" on the begining of the heel and leave the last inch or two alone? Exceptin' the chip, might flap that but that's it. These numbers seem kinda small to me, but I guess it is only a bantam/feather weight, for an anvil.

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