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  1. #151
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    I inspected it again and found no other markings or stamps. I know it came from a public school metal shop when the school was closed and torn down. That school was originally built circa 1970 so that is what I based the late 60's date on. The condition is remarkably good, appears to have been not used much if at all. I don't know what a proper hammer test is. I dropped the weight of a small ball peen hammer on it and compared that to doing the same on my 1-1/4" thick welding table. The anvil rings distinctly and the ball peen bounced off far higher than the table test.
    I will eventually put it on a stand or stump so I can use it.
    I found another one that looks just like mine: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...smith-anvil-no and some history if the information there is correct.
    Ernie F.

  2. #152
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Sweet .... sounds like you scored a good one. Put that baby back to work.
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  3. #153
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    I will put it back to work!
    Apparently still made: https://anvils.co.uk/catalogues/
    511 British pounds! Wow !
    Ernie F.

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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    I am looking for a Champion 3 pound Maud S rounding/turning hammer if anyone has one to sell.

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  6. #156
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    Good looking forge Morten! I still haven't got a forge up and running, but I'm accumulating some weaponry for the inevitable day. I got critiqued for the height of my hot/cold cuts last time, so I've made a couple shorter and more stable versions. Also ground a bump out of a broken deep tiller shank. Not sure it will get used much but I thought it was just too cool of a shape to ignore...

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    F-225 amp Forney AC Stick
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  7. #157
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    It's hard to judge what will and won't work until you've got some time under your belt actually working the hot iron. The best advise I can give you is to look at the examples we have from hundreds of years ago, when smiths were working for a living, and try to mimic their designs. Those guys knew what was needed and didn't waste a lot of material. Just remember that what was needed in an industrial setting where strikers were available and the work was large-scale isn't going to be the same thing you need for what you're doing.

    That 'bump' tool will come in very handy whenever you need to straighten a bar or put a long curve in a bar. I've been wanting one for awhile, but never seem to either find a chunk already shaped right, or get the energy to grind on a chunk until it is the right shape. They're very handy tools to have, though!

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    One of the guys on the Facebook page for beginning smiths just made a tool by cutting the top off a hitch ball. Interesting twist as I was waiting for a 2" plus size to come on sale and adding metal to the top to make it round.
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    I was laying out my photo spread model to show you where the "bump" came from... it's actually a broken shank from a 55 IHC deep tiller.

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    But as I'm looking at it, I'm thinking about your comment of copying the old tools and I couldn't help but think of these...the ones with the groove in the top...

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    Hmmm.... could be another Hardy tool in the making....
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    F-225 amp Forney AC Stick
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    Victor Medalist 350 O/A

  10. #160
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Hmmm.... could be another Hardy tool in the making....
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    Sure enough. And a bottom swage can come in quite handy. You never know when you'll need one of a particular size to support the work you're doing.

    Top swages are a little different in that the old ones are really too large for a single person to use effectively. Without a striker or power hammer, getting a massive top tool to move is troublesome if it's big and heavy. Something to do with one of those pesky laws of motion.

    I had a fellow make me up a bottom swage with several depressions in it. Handy, and the extra weight keeps it in place. I still need to put a hardy stem on it......


  11. #161
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    One of the guys on the Facebook page for beginning smiths just made a tool by cutting the top off a hitch ball. Interesting twist as I was waiting for a 2" plus size to come on sale and adding metal to the top to make it round.
    Yes, I read that hitch balls are used by many for forming. They also cut the bottom off out of service oxygen cylinders and use the dished in part too.

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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    lol... you hang out at the speedster site as well?
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    230 amp Sears AC Stick
    Lincoln 180C MIG
    Victor Medalist 350 O/A

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