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  1. Update: Weighs 100lbs
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  2. My father in law just brought it over earlier tonight! Man am I excited! I started taking a wire wheel to it but started losing sunlight. I figured I’d go ahead and post what progress I’ve made and what markings I’ve found. I still can’t make out any numbers on the feet that tell me how much it weighs. I have my wife’s scale charging right now so I’m going to weigh it shortly. Steel ball bearing bounces very nicely. It’s verryy close to bouncing all the way back to my hand! The face seems to be in really good shape from what I can tell. This is the only anvil
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  3. Now it is time to HT the frame, if you made it from hardenable steel. Do a fairly soft or spring temper. I hand sanded the flats to 220 grit on the granite slab. What is important is that there is a continuous flat around the outside edge. This is what fill fit against the scales and you do not want any gaps. The ivory I have for this warped a bit in the last 6 years. I tried the mineral oil and clamp overnight. We will see how well it worked this morning. I also etched the blade yesterday. I had already fit the guard and spacers to the un
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  4. Gotta have a little sadness once in awhile so you know when the good times come. -Bob Ross
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  5. It always seems like my best days come after a day like you described. Hang in there
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  6. Cool! I knew it was an earlier one by the recessed eagle, but not the exact date. They started in the 1850s, and lasted into the 1960s. Guess they weren't doing the weight on the foot in 1879!
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  7. Nice date on it. You should contact the Fisher museum and see what he can tell you https://www.facebook.com/FisherAnvils I do love Fishers. The first anvil I ever bought was a 200# Fisher. Geoff
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  8. Welcome to the damascus bug and a whole new realm of possibilities in designs you can make.
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  9. Hi everyone... Previously I posted a little sneak peek at something I was working on.. Well, now that little something has come to completion - and I'm ready to share it with those who might be interested at having a look. I've always wanted to give it a shot at a dagger - since this blade geometry has fascinated me ever since I was a kid... And without further ado, after 170 work hours - I give you Vegvisar - the Pathfinder! I have forged this dagger in honor of the four dwarves, Norðri, Suðri, Austri and Vestri - supporting the heavenly dome
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  10. The one in the middle is a lathing hatchet. Kind of like a shingling hatchet, but with a longer hammerhead end. They were used to split and nail up lath (thin boards) that was used as the substrate to apply plaster over for interior walls. Same as the more modern plaster-and-lath wall, but instead of buying pre-milled small lath, they used to split a thin board off a section of log cut to the correct interstud length. The really early lath wasn't split all the way apart, and was pulled apart to open it up. This is called accordion lath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lath
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  11. Well, broke 2 blades. First one was the bowie I'd been working on. Gave it a couple LIGHT taps on a log near my bench. Fell right apart. Grain looks good, but clearly a micro crack right on the edge, and a hammer mark inclusion on the side. So I'd been working on a seax, also. Heat treat done. File felt like it was digging, so I heat treated again.. file still digs slightly but not as bad. Sanded off the forge scale and it skates beautifully. OK well files bite forge scale 10 4. Dropped it. Popped it right in two. Grain looks like crap. Extremely brittle from two quenches. Time to start over.
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