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    my anvil SUCKS

    just some old rail road track

    Been thinking about grinding it into a better shape then heating it yellow and dropping it in a bucket of water.
    It's a little soft.

    never even thought about the ring making you deaf
    props to whoever pointed that out

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    Here are pics of my 300# Fisher and 70# Kohlswa
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    Last edited by Billygoat; 09-09-2009 at 11:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born2L8 View Post
    Actually, my anvil is not a PW. It is a Southern Crescent....
    Charlie
    I think I have a Crescent Moon brand anvil. The thing is so swaybacked ...

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    "It also has square holes in various spots. "

    The square holes that are not on the face were how it was
    held in the making. A sort of Ice-tongs on a chain.....
    with handles out to the side, would have matching tines
    that fit into the holes.
    There are pics of this, but I won't be able to find them.
    m1m

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    A chain, fastened loosely around the waist of the anvil will reduce its ring. Having some concavity to the top of an anvil is necessary to be able to straighten things. Surface grinding an anvil's top flat is one of the biggest mistakes a new "Smith" can make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie_obe View Post
    A chain, fastened loosely around the waist of the anvil will reduce its ring. Having some concavity to the top of an anvil is necessary to be able to straighten things. Surface grinding an anvil's top flat is one of the biggest mistakes a new "Smith" can make.

    He is absolutely right!
    Infact a worn anvil may have a "sweet-spot"
    for every occasion.
    For chiped edges, as long as you have some good edge
    somewhere, let the chips if not too severe
    be ground to different radius's.
    m1m

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    hi. i know im not doing this right but can you explain how to make a post on this site? i cant seem to figure out how. looking at anvil gor my first one, aprox 35 in long, 5 1/2 wide an aprox 17 in tall . can anyone givt me an aprox weight for these demensions. thank you all very much, tonybuf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol Dowg View Post
    Come to think of it, I believe the first # is the Hundred weight(112 lb.) , the second is Quater weight or 1/4 of 112 lbs.= (28 lb.), the third # is in Lbs. Yours should weigh about 141 lbs. ( 112+28+1=141lb.)
    Those English folk get everything so confused. (Grin)
    Yes, indeed. hundredweights, quarters, and odd pounds was the old British standard.

    I have 'the little anvil' from my grandfather's old shop, a Peter Wright 'solid wrought', marked '0 3 19', and it weighs, as the markings say, 103 lbs.

    He must not have used the little one much, as it has come down through the years with very little wear or scarring. That anvil was......according to a family story.....sent quite a few feet in the air by my father, with a charge of black powder, purely for amusement, in 1924 or thereabouts. As the story went, my grandfather 'was not amused'.

    (there was a time when I kept it in my office at work, with a little tag sign reading 'industrial strength paperweight'..... : )

    cheers

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    Hi Folks, new user. Been here many times but no need to post previously.anvil.jpg

    So I finally found my anvil and I have been looking for many years. I WILL use this and have several times already. My stuff is light to medium. The anvil I found and the weight looks like 0-2-22. Some of the stampings are not clear. Can anyone help me to make sense of it?

    FYI, I am a machinist, Old RR journeyman. Also an old fart, disabled and retired. I can still swing a hammer for a bit.

    I love the ring. Going off center it goes dead but hitting the center with a piece between is music.

    This is a small anvil compared to the 3-4-500# monsters I've seen. So'k, I'm not doing RR stuff anymore. In the circular stamping it looks to say SOLID and the characters continue. Any ideas? Sorry it's upside down....
    Last edited by JRHill; 03-02-2018 at 04:20 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRHill View Post
    In the circular stamping it looks to say SOLID and the characters continue. Any ideas? Sorry it's upside down....
    It says "solid wrought"

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    Default Peter Wright anvil

    My PW anvil and others I’ve seen have a number stamped into the left front of the foot. Mine has 5 and I’ve seen 7 and 6 on other PW anvils. What does it mean? I have more photos but these give ya the idea.
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    Last edited by Cannonmn; 04-08-2018 at 11:39 AM. Reason: Add


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