Guffey1998

My new 150 lb 1907 Fisher

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Just found this anvil on Craigslist.

I paid $2 per pound, which I though was fair. 

Condition looks decent, although I'm not an anvil expert.

Any thoughts on the face condition?

would it be worth a light flap wheel resurface or best to keep it how it is?

I'm not a blacksmith, just a tool junky.

thoughts?

thanks.

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Looks good and usable. Price sounds good to me. Keep it as is. Don't do anything to it except a light coat of oil until you start using it. It's a small step from tool junky to trying your hand at blacksmithing. Haha. 

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Thanks for quick reply.

the only thing I've done so far is a light wire wheel to clean up surface, followed by a light coat if oil.

next issue is finding a suitable stand.

as is, just don't trust a 5 gallon bucket with 150 lbs on top!!!!

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You did right with the wire wheel and oil. 

Lol no, wouldn't trust a bucked to even set it on. Never know. There's lots of forums on here about anvil stands. I think it's more personal preference with some common sense.  Good and sturdy is the way to go. Stump, steel, 4x4s 6x6s. If you go with wood at all try to do it so the wood grain is vertical to get the maximum support/ strength for your hammering.  Read around on here then look around to see what you have on hand. Just secure it well. Don't want wobbling when your working. 

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My Fisher was also made in 1907. They are great anvils, and best of all they are quiet.   The only thing I would do to it is smooth up the chipped edges some.

NJanvilman runs the Fisher - Norris museum. 

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Leave the face as is.  No need to remove any of the hard face steel.

An interesting anecdote for those with Fisher anvils made in 1907.  That year was the most prolific for Fisher.  They made more anvils that year than any other.  I think I have 5 with that date in the museum.

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She's a beauty as she is, hammering hot steel on her will shine her up nicely. Wire brush and oil or wax is all she needs.

Good score, at $2/lb in Alaska a Craigslist add would only flicker and she'd be gone.

Frosty The Lucky.

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That's a pretty nice anvil for a fisher. I got a 100 pound fisher which is great, but the hardy hole and edges are a bit messed up. You guys oil your anvils? How often and what kind oil? I might have to go an wire wheel my anvil and then put some oil on it. Anyways, arts a pretty good find and I have been on the look out for a heavier fisher for the future. It will serve you well!

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How often?  As needed for your usage and environment.  I don't out here in the desert and used to wax mine back in Columbus OH as they were in an unheated structure. Some folks use boiled linseed oil on the bodies; but only apply hot steel to the face.

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