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The condition of the face is remarkable, indeed! And the name in the side. Looks like VARN or VARH to me. Could try the chalk or flour trick to make it stand out a little more. 

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Driving down a 2 track road that borders my buddys property on one side and state land on the other i came accross this stump that happened to be the right hight for my cutlers anvil. Im still not sure about using this anvil. I have been giving it light coats of wd40 and its getting a nice dark patina.20180612_171719.jpg

The wife wasnt very happy but it ended up in her suburban. I tried to get all the ants off....:unsure:

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One thing i noticed i never mentioned is this anvil has a convex face as it meets the horn like you would see on many french anvils. Would work nicely for drawing out stock.

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Just found out a bit of exciting news about this anvil. Turns out it isnt 18th century English like i thought. It is from around 1850's ish German production anvil. The dovetail in the face is from the factory and not a user addition later in its life. I joined a facebook page and there is a guy that collects anvils and he has a couple of them. I have found a couple other anvils that are similar and they both are german church windows.

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Yes sir, at that weight it should really move the steel for you, as I said.  It should be great for using hardy tools too.

Doug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice, I have a few British and german anvils with gates. I found that hot forging  worked well for making tooling fit the slot and for making wedges that fit perfectly. basically heat the bottom of the tooling and sledge it down into the slot . the heat the wedge and upset it to fit the gap.

 You will have fun with that anvil.

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I'm going to give the hot fit a try. This one needs a little more work with a file before heat treating it. It was a lot of work going back and forth from the grinder to the vise with a file. I think I could have done it hot in half the time.

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