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  1. A few years ago, I was demoing and meet a man that did that for a living.
  2. $660 in 2004. I would let it go for the small sum of $4000
  3. That's where my 600 Fisher comes from. They were throwing it away as scrap and one of the welders saved it.
  4. That's what I said when the misses ask me to wash the dishes. :-)
  5. Alan, just out of curiosity, when's the last time you cleaned your shop? :-)
  6. I think you've already been well answered by Clifford and Alan. And they both have more experience then I do with bladesmithing side of forging :-)
  7. No, nothing in my experience says that is true. I learned on a 350Lb. When I started out on my own, I acquired the 600, found it too big for some tasks and went looking for a smaller anvil, meant to get a much smaller anvil, but some how came home with the 400. Then I got a 215 and it was still too big for some tasks. I've found the 100 is just about the right size for most everything I do. More then weight, having the anvil securely attached to the stand and the stand secured to the floor will decide how the anvil performs. It really comes down to personal choice. What you like is going to be as important as is actual performance. After I wrote this, I had a light come on: What you're using the anvil for. That's the reasoning for my anvil choices. The anvil that best did that which I did the most.
  8. First off, the anvil looks to be in rough shape and the weld line indicates it's been badly abused. If you haven't made up your mind on what style of anvil you want, try attending your local blacksmith group's meetings. You can see and maybe use a number of different styles and sizes and you'll have people with years of experience to answer your questions. Most areas in the US, if that is where you live,will have a yearly blacksmith event and there's always tailgater's. Second, what do you think that having a large anvil will do, that a small anvil won't do? While I have both a 400Lb and 600plus Lb Fisher anvils, my primary use anvil is a 100Lb Swedish. Many bladesmiths and blacksmiths get by quite well with only a small post anvil. As I recall, Francis Whitaker used a 150Lb anvil.
  9. https://www.gransforsbruk.com/en/product/klassiskt-jaernsmide/ The Art of Traditional Blacksmithing, a Norwegian Perspective, also shows the making, but not as many drawings.
  10. The Swedish "Klassiskt Jarnsmide" book shows the making of one. Only available in Swedish, but lots of pictures
  11. I see you're in Palmer, Alaska. There is at least one blacksmith in Palmer, he might be able to offer you a bit of help in getting started. I know about him because someone wanted a 60 inch coat rack and I point out shipping was going to be quite high Virginia to Alaska. So I googled and sent him this link : https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaForge/
  12. All this talk and pictures of axes, has motivated me to finish an axe I started a while back That and I'm finally caught up with work, so have some time to play. Inspired by the Biscayne trade axes, but not an attempt to replicate one. Started with a bar 2 by 3/8 by 10", performance edge is a piece of 5160 First two photos as forged and the last is after a bit of clean up and profiling on the belt grinder.
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