Anvil Identification and help

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Lhilton
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Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Lhilton » Mon May 13, 2013 10:53 am

Any ideas about what kind of Anvil this may be and what might be done to make it more servicable for a beginner? The only marking is a 70 underneath the horn and I can see where the casting was poured on the very bottom. Given the condition of the face maybe the metal is soft and and this is one of those "anvil shaped objects"? Thanks Larry
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Darryl Ponder
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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Darryl Ponder » Mon May 13, 2013 8:25 pm

Larry,

It sure looks like an ASO to me, but I am no expert on anvils. Someone in the group will have access to the Anvils in America book and will be able to ID it, if it is a "real" anvil. A round Hardy hole should be a clue.

If it turns out to be an ASO and very soft, maybe it would be possible to lay down a layer of hardface with a stick welder after pre-heating the surface to 350F or so. It might be more trouble than its worth, but then again it would be good practice.

Best of luck,

Darryl

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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Aron » Tue May 14, 2013 9:26 am

Is the hardy hole actually round? Or has it been so abused that the top of the hole has been rounded out?

Also, is the line on the top plate a casting line? Or a forging line?

No other cartouches or marks other than the "70" on the foot?

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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Lhilton » Tue May 14, 2013 10:47 am

Thanks for the replies.

Aron to answer your questions:

The hardy hole is rounded from abuse, Looks to have once been square.

It doesn't look to me as if there is a plate on the face but rather was cast? Sparks from an angle grinder from the foot and then to the bottom of what looks like could be the face plate are the same: short orange sparks and not many. From what I think I know, I would have seen the sparks change to indicate more carbon in the face plate? Maybe cast iron?

No other marks other than the "70".
Larry

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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Jim Ericksen » Tue May 14, 2013 8:13 pm

hi,
perfect anvil to hone in on your 4 1/2" grinder skills ;-)

i'd dress it up with the grinder , get your metal hot and have fun with it , as you move past the beginner stage and acquire a nicer anvil it will really help you appreciate how useful a good anvil is

have fun

jim

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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Lhilton » Wed May 15, 2013 3:25 pm

Jim: That sums it up pretty well, a 4 1/2" grinder and a hand file are right in my wheel house!

Good to know that I can't really mess it up...Maybe if I get ambitious someday, I'll try welding a buildup on the face but not until I have something else to use. Need to build a simple forge and I'm on my way.
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Re: Anvil Identification and help

Unread post by Martin Pansch » Sat May 18, 2013 8:57 pm

I might suggest a bigger grider. A 7 to 9" one. Might be heavier to hang on to but the horse power and weight will speed it up.

Or if you know someone with with a mill that owes you a favor that might be faster (note: I am not a machinist so don't know how cast iron and mills get along).

Or if you live near Rob Murray I think he bought Monty's old anvil resurfacer he might let you use.

If it is a cast iron ASO make sure you keep your steel HOT when using it. You can minimize the damage to it by not pounding cold steel. I started with a CI ASO and kept it relatively dent free for 3 years or so by just being careful.

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