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Old "pump" forge


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I recently picked up this small forge for $100 to use for demonstrations. I already had a small "rivet" forge that has a hand cranked blower that I currently use but just like the looks of the hand pump action on this one. It was missing the wooden handle and was quite dirty. I made a new handle, cleaned it up and then somehow it ended up getting painted. I don't think it was originally painted as there was no remnant paint on it even back in various crevices. The only marking on it is cast onto the bottom of the pan: "No. 100." The action is remarkably smooth and it moves air quite well.

Can anyone tell me anything about this style of forge? Does it have a name? Are they earlier than the crank style? Thanks. 




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Frosty, had to get a new grate for the tuyere - ended up using a cast iron floor drain cover. Fired it up and it works great. You have to get a little rhythm going with the handle.  

Wayne, thanks for the name - sounds better than pump forge. 

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