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I may have found an anvil but have a few questions. The guy says it's a Vulcan & has a 10 on the side, he believes it's about 100lbs. Any idea on the weight? Second, what kind of quality am I looking at with a vulcan? It's a bit of a drive so I want to know as much as possible about this anvil before I commit to the drive. Thanks for any input!

 

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The 10 is on the foot below the horn. Is this a steel anvil or a wrought with a plate? The edges look pretty rough so I'm wondering if milling can give me at least one decent edge or would this ruin the anvil?

 

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Rod,in this complex Universe,there're as many ways of looking at an anvil as there are radii from one center...

 

Vulcans were a cheap,a cast-iron Fischer knock-off,produced using that authentic American process of casting iron onto a steel plate.

 

That said plate being rather thin,and since there aren't many people that actually USE anvils,well,they always went to use them without first dressing the edges to a radius.As a result,all Vulcans are chipped along the edges,some-rather badly.

 

And so,for all these reasons,among the collectors,neatnicks,and other Non-users of tools,given to a generally anal-retentive judgement of tooling(regardless wether the USE of much of which they're actually familiar with or not),Vulcans rate ...Lower than snake excreta in a wagon-wheel rut.

 

Then,there's that narrow cross-section of the population that actually uses the silly things...(U.S.Army,among others,every anvil stolen off of a base here in Alaska is invariably Vulcan(and badly chipped).

 

I meself have used nothing but a Vulcan that many a moon,and am here to tell you that they're all business-80/90% rebound still after years of use as a ...(never mind).As for the chips,well,IF you're to USE an anvil,then you'd know what to do with all them ground-out divits.

And though i've never had the misfortune and the indignity of forging on make-do scrap,but always had a decent Vulcan under me,i still don't know What that is that one must want or need to do that'll require Anything more than a plain,decent,regular anvil that any Vulcan is."The tools don't make a blacksmith...".you know...(But again,maybe it's different with Bladesmiths).

 

 

(If ever you need a guide whereby to judge a person dispensing anvil-wisdom,remember:Look at that person's anvil-face,like a mirror in archaic fairytale it only stays bright and shiny while that person is still alive(not easily done online,however)).

 

And,yeah,10 does indeed indicate 100# weight.

 

And all this is my (obnoxious)view on the matter(or is that scotch talking?)

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Couldn't have said it better myself, Jake! :lol:

 

Cast iron, steel face, ugly, but fully functional. Hey, that sounds like me... :huh:

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I own a Vulcan #10 which is 100 pounds with a very flat face and minimal chipping.

Its a very functional anvil.

Does it have the glorious rebound that a Sawyers anvil has? Nope.

But it does the job and doesn't move.

It does have a piercing ring so I would either wrap it or put a magnet on it.

Just my 2 cents.

Good luck

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When you say cast, do you mean the 4% carbon stuff or Iron as in low carbon steel?

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Plain old cast iron, 3-4% carbon.

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I had a 130# loaner for a while, in near-new condition, even had the sticker on the side.

 

My first is a 70# Vulcan, with a nicely dressed face and radiused edges, still in good shape. Needs a better base, though. Most of my work is on a Larry Harley Special, a large 200# or so die head set in a bucket of concrete, with a 4x8" face... love that thing.

 

A vulcan will serve you well if you treat it with a little respect. I wouldn't hesitate buying it for $2/lb or less.

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I've decided not to get the Vulcan. My drive would've been an 1 1/2 hrs one way & the pics I recieved show just how bad the edges are. I didn't see $2 a pound worth in that state of wear. On the bright side, the weld/fab forman has a neighbor that is selling a 140 lb(I believe is what he said) anvil for around $200. He couldn't remember the make but said the face is very nice. Trying not to get my hopes up but I really hope it turns out to be something worth while. I'm selling my 1950 Ford F-1(my first truck) to help with our new boy, Jaxson Ray Hart, but want to get a nice anvil to ease the sting. LOL! Thank you for the info & advice!

 

Rod Hart

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