Boneyjoe

Strange looking horn on a Swedish anvil

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Just came into possession of a really nice hundred and sixty-eight lb Swedish anvil but it has a very unusual horn unlike anything I've seen before can't really find anything like it online. Would love some input from anyone that knows

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I wonder if the horn broke off and they ground down part of what was left so they could have a small bick.

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I've never seen another like it, probably an on site modification for some special purpose.

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I guess that's possible but the lines are so clean really seems to have been built like that. I think it's a soderfor 

 

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2 hours ago, Boneyjoe said:

I think it's a soderfor 

Soderfors Sweden and the crown shield logo is stamped right above the weight so I'd say that's a pretty good . . . think. :rolleyes:

I've  never seen a horn like that either but Soderfors is a foundry first and anvil maker a couple steps down the list, when they were casting anvils. They'll cast anything you're willing to pay for so I suppose you could find: horns, heals or bodies in almost any configuration.

I love cast Swedish steel anvils, I have a 125lb. Soderfors and have never worked on finer. Put that beautiful old lady to work, she'll put a smile on your face as you shine up hers.

No grinding please, a wire brush to clean off loose rust if you wish but no grinding removing steel only shortens the useful life.

Frosty The Lucky.

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It could be what frosty said, but my first guess was that someone welded it on but I can’t really see if there is weld around the horn. If there isn’t any I think it is factory made.

 

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On 12/1/2019 at 4:15 PM, FlatLiner said:

I wonder if the horn broke off and they ground down part of what was left so they could have a small bick.

I guess that's possible but the lines are so clean really seems to have been built like that. I think it's a soderfor 

 

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Given the slight gap on the bottom (meaning it's not one piece), my guess is the horn broke off, and someone bored a hole into the end of the horn and jammed that extra piece in as a replacement.

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This picture looks like the horn was broken of and the stub was drilled an a new one was inserted 

Chelonia, looks like we responded at the same time. 

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Might see if they spark differently; as a retrofitted piece would likely be a different alloy.  If done by the manufacturer then it might be the same alloy.

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14 hours ago, Chelonian said:

Given the slight gap on the bottom (meaning it's not one piece), my guess is the horn broke off, and someone bored a hole into the end of the horn and jammed that extra piece in as a replacement.

I agree after closer inspection not really sure how one would go about boring a hole in something this hard I know anything would be possible but to drill with an inch and a half or inch and 3/4 hole in an anvil this solid would be no small undertaking..

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I agree with Chelonian. It definitely looks like an attachment put on later. but how it is done is a riddle to me 

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14 hours ago, Irondragon Forge & Clay said:

Also the cutting table was ground off on one side of where it intersects with the horn.

The table looks all there to me. 

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They are not fully hardened, the inner core is softer than the face.  If it was in an industrial setting a big radial drill would have made short work of that. It may even be threaded into place.

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In the first picture, it still looks like the table on the right side has been ground down to me, unless Sodfors made the table that way. All of the Sodfors I have seen have the table that extends out on both sides of the horn.

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Thanks for all the great information we passed it along to a young knife maker in my area @finchs_forge  Christmas came very early for him we included a large box of really big industrial files and a massive 10 inch Vise he's going to make each of the family members a Custom Knife from the old files

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Thank you pretty excited about it the Anvil, Vise and large box of files all came from a 4th generation welding shop that made everything from car batteries to their owns acetylene through the depression , World War II, all the way up to a few years ago when the last owner passed away there's just so much history in this old anvil if only it could talk. Now the young man that has it @finches_forge gets to help the family celebrate by making a set of knives from the old industrial files that came with it. Eric Finch spent last week cleaning and polishing the old Anvil with wire brushes and wire wheels I will keep you all updated.

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You are right, the last picture clearly shows it. I just looked at the first picture and realized the anvil is laying on it's side and what looks like the table has been ground down is the bottom of the horn. Thanks for correcting this misconception.

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