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I've had an old 81lb Peter Wright for about 15 years or so. After a long hiatus from forging I decided it was time to get back into it and felt I'd like a larger anvil. I put feelers out and was very fortunate to come into two new-to-me anvils, a 125lb Kohlswa with a really nicely reworked face and a 126lb SISCO Superior Swedish anvil. The two anvils are nearly identical with the SISCO being slightly larger in length and width of the face. Anyone out there have experience with SISCO anvils? I can find little info on Google but I did find an interesting flyer out of an old catalogue for the brand. Here they are. Left to right, SISCO, Kohlswa, PW. 



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"SISCO SUPERIOR" were made by Söderfors. So you have a Söderfors anvil. :D


The SISCO stamp were a main stamp for iron, steel and anvils. First used in 1907 according to the book "Svenska järnstämplar" (Swedish iron stamps)



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Sisco (Swedish Iron & Steel Corp.) was incorporated in 1907 as an importer of Swedish metal products.  They were located in New York and New Orleans, the two biggest ports of importing Swedish materials.  Sodefors making anvils marked "SISCO" was the same as Horace T. Potts firm importing Soderfors that were branded "Paragon" for sale in the U.S.

Great stuff!  SCB sent you a PM....

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7 hours ago, Frosty said:

You DID buy them both or at least the Sisco yes? Once you've used a Soderfors you'll never go back. It's a nice weight too, heavy enough to do serious work and still light enough to move around without hiring a teenager.

Frosty The Lucky.

Yes! I was fortunate enough to be able to buy them both. I paid 2ish-3$ per/lb for them. The Kohlswa had the top resurfaced in hard welding rod, it was done well, the corners and the face are both good and the rebound/ring is excellent. My only complaint is that whoever did the repair on the Kohlswa didn't keep the hardy hole clean so I've got some work to do there. The Sisco was in excellent condition minus one 4 inch long chip on one edge, which is fine, it's since been radiused and cleaned to give me a nice soft radius on one side. I believe the SISCO came from a farm somewhere in south Louisiana, I've read that SISCO's were imported into either New York or New Orleans in the early 1900's.


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