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Howdy folks,

been looking for an anvil and I MIGHT have hit the jackpot. This guy says he has a Lewis anvil (doesn't sound like he know's exactly what he's got), and he's selling it for $1 per lb. I need some better pictures, but from the ones below, can y'all tell if it's too pitted/chipped on the top to be worth the buy?





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It's an old English anvil. Looks like it has some significant chipping on one side, but If it passes the ring and rebound tests, I'd say it's probably in good enough shape for $1/lb to still be a good deal. Doesn't really look like a 350lber to me, but my eyes could be playing tricks... Snatch in up good and quick, if it is for sale on a public site and you have done the research to know you want it.

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when unconstrained that style of anvil should have a clear TING when tapped with a hard faced hammer.  It should also pop that hammer back up at you.

A dull sound or even worse a buzz means there is a crack in the anvil. A less than peppy rebound can mean that the anvil has lost it's temper sometime in it's history.

The ball bearing test is a more objective test of the rebound.

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Sweet! Interesting markings. I would have assumed that "LEWIS" was stamped in at a later date, except for the fact that the letters are so bold (instead of thin and shallow).

Appears to say: Warranted, Best, Tredin below. I thought I recognized those markings from a recent thread...


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Mr. Dragon is right as usual.

But if you, (Mr. Aggie),  are worried about residual moisture try this hack  (truc).

Wipe the anvil with some alcohol. Rubbing  or denatured ethanol will work just fine.

Alcohol-water mixtures evaporate much faster than water alone.

This alcohol trick works really for intricate objects, that have hard to reach spaces.  Tools Like a fine file etc. where moisture can linger in tight spaces.

Regards to all the gang,




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