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My new anvil arrived as described with very fast shipping and excellent customer service. This is my first video and I hope this works. 

 

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It had a clear coat on the face that looked brushed on and thick black paint every where else. A0135083-5436-4168-BC0C-4B6F00BA4794.thumb.jpeg.494c657ec611e0b2c460d28c3b573fb3.jpeg

I will post a bunch of pics once I learn how to reduce the size using my iPhone. 

Spent 8 hours forging and I will share my opinion with the pics. 

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That is a FINE Anvil. I have the 50 Kilogram (110 lbs) and I Love it. Mine rang like a bell until I straped it down to my stump. Now it is a pleasure to work with. Have had no complants at all with my Kanka Anvil. 

You will enjoy that fine anvil and be able to pass it down when the time comes.

PS. Nice to see that your packing crate made it to you in 1 piece. My packing crate did not survive the trip, but, it is an anvil, like a little pit of wood is going to do much.

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Right on Moose

So I took a wire brush to the face and it removed the clear no problem but the paint was very stubborn. a few passes with a worn 80 grit flap worked pretty good. 

The bottom had the same coat of black paint but was machined dead flat 

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the sides also appear machined at least at the weld

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And then I lit the forge!

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I spent 8 hours forging, several hours with the family and I had 2 sons in law, a daughter in law and my 11 year old all forging too. Other than a couple of minute scratches, there is not  a mark on it and the face feels like glass

needless to say I am very happy with it but must confess that I have nothing to gauge it on as I have never struck another anvil save my old Vulcan and my improvised mild steel chunk. I wish I could give an objective opinion but my subjective one is that I love and as Mr. Moose said, I hope to pass this on to my grandkids some time. Not until I give it a work out!

Theese pics were taken after 8 hours of forging

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If I had a gripe it would be that the horn is a little blunt....

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Thanks for looking and I will update in a month or so snd let you know what I think then

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Ayup, that's a pretty anvil all right. I'll keep an eye out for your opinion using it.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Thanks fellas. What I want to make first is a hold down but the pritchell is yuge!

Just a little info for those that care: I chose this anvil mainly due to cost and I wanted a forged anvil for no real reason other than my perception. I know that modern cast anvils are probably as good or better but I narrowed it down to the ridgid and the kanca.

Both were almost exactly the same price delivered but I have heard rumors of recent QC issues at ridgid and the fact that they were back ordered sealed the deal and drove me to the Kanca. 

There are surprisingly few reviews or images out there of this anvi and that is why I made this video and post but mostly to show off !

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Hold fasts are good basic projects and you get to use a tool you made with your own hands. Hard to beet the feeling you know.

Hold fasts don't hold by fitting the hole, they cock and jam when set with a hammer. The pad on the end of the arm has a lot of leverage cocking the shaft in the hole. (whatever hole you use) The arm is also a spring keeping pressure on both the work and shank cocked in the hole. It doesn't need to be spring steel, mild works fine just do't get carried away setting it.

Make the shank long enough to go all the way through the heel so you can tap it on the end with a hammer to release it. It's rare to need to tap the shank's end though, usually you tap the shank behind the arm near the top. 

I use a few, one round foot that reaches nearly to the anvil's sweet spot. I use this one for projects over the edge. I have another with a foot offset so I can work long stock. I have another offset hold fast that has an arm that's close to the pritchel hole and I rarely use it. The ones with the foot centered over the hardy hole are good for holding stock in a swage. 

Spring steel makes good hold fasts but you can seriously jam them in the  hole. :huh: No heat treat necessary, I cool them a LITTLE faster than for normalizing, I have a large block of aluminum that makes a nice chill block. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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One early comment is more mounting related. When I first set it on the stand it rang so loud and sharp that it literally hurt your ears. After researching this forum I set it in a bed of silicon, stuck a $4 HF magnet on the horn, strapped it down and the sound was amazingly dulled!  

Listen to the short before and after videos. To get the real effect, put on your headphones and crank the volume but it doesnt do it justice. 

 

 

Not only is it quiet to work on but the silicon has made it one with the stand and it rock solid and doesnt move at all. Very happy with the mount

 

 

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