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Not too long ago I found an old cast steel bar buried near a house. This bar is about 5" square and 20" long with a loop at the end and a broken section at the rear. I asked around about what it was and the best answer I've gotten is that it's some sort of counter weight. I've used this as an ASO without much issue. Is there someone who may know what this piece actually is and wether it's safe to use while forging?

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Sorry can't see the picture 5" square take a lot to break; are you sure it's not cast iron? What country you are in may make a difference too.

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Also, if you use it as an anvil, it's an anvil. It's only an Anvil-Shaped Object if it has the look of an anvil but not the function.

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We won't remember that once we leave this thread, hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show your location as so many answers depend on it.

https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/53873-read-this-first/

BTW welcome to IFI and pictures would help with identification of your improvised anvil.

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Thanks for the welcome. Here are some pictures of the weight. The loop broke off some time ago but the rest is still in good enough shape. 

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Does it ring when you hit it or just thud? When hit with a hammer does it dent easily? 

As far as the safety concern, it Looks fine to use as an anvil. 

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It makes a dull Thur when struck though it doesn't dent too easily. I also have a small section of rail that gives far more when I work with it. I recently re measured it and it comes out to 8x8x46 cm my initial estimation was a little generous. As of now its about 23 kg. 

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Try drilling on a broken end and see if you get black dust or curling shavings (swarf)

White cast iron would not dent too easily either. but steel should have a ring unless it's being damped by the stand.

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