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Jeremy Blohm
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I got my anvils today. What a major pain in the butt this was. Somehow they got stuck in Chicago and they couldn't find a truck to haul them to Detroit. I ended up just having them shipped to my door for an extra $135. Pretty reasonable cost considering the weight. I will upload some pictures in a little while. 

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1 hour ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

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OK now that is just outright bragging!!  But I am watching the show,........ popcorn show me.gif

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C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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2 hours ago, C Craft said:

OK now that is just outright bragging!!  But I am watching the show,........ popcorn show me.gif

Yeah....   What he said.

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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5 hours ago, Emiliano Carrillo said:

those church windows are incredible!

I was admiring those, too.

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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The dovetail on the big 674 lber is mucked up pretty good. I am going to build a jig to mount my angle grinder to and cut a new dovetail.20210610_212223.jpg20210610_212153.jpg20210610_212145.jpg

I ordered these to build the jig.

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Have you ever ordered from that Ebay store before?  Their prices beat anything that I've found.  I've got a couple of projects that I've been putting off that I need to get around to starting on.

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So the rails arrived in good condition and they are much heavier duty than I anticipated!!! I haven't been able to take a really close look but so far so good!!!

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On 5/15/2021 at 11:30 AM, Jeremy Blohm said:

 

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@Alan Longmirehow thick of a face plate would have been on an anvil like this? And approximately an age range maybe? The weld line for the face plate is nonexistent. Emiliano Carrillo bought it and I was just trying to gather a little info about it for him.

 

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This is my plan to "re-cut" the dovetail.

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This is a 9 inch grinder with a 6 inch cut off wheel. I will have to order 9 inch cut off wheels for it.

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9 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

@Alan Longmirehow thick of a face plate would have been on an anvil like this? And approximately an age range maybe? The weld line for the face plate is nonexistent. 

 

Probably 3/8" or so. You won't see a weld line unless you polish and etch, they did a great job blending it at the forge where it was made.  That's just how they did it in the pre-global-industrialization era.  If you look at pre-1870-ish English anvils you usually won't see a line unless it's delaminating. You always see it on American anvils because we were more interested in speed of production than if it looked good or not.

 

Age is harder with these German/Austrian ones, could be anywhere from around 1500-1850-ish.  That said, the ones prior to around 1800 were usually very decorated with stampings and such, and the large hardy hole suggests a later date, so call it 1790-1850-ish?  

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Thanks Alan! I'm always impressed by your anvil knowledge :)  It's an insanely gorgeous anvil, and I can't wait to set it up and use it, though I need to wait till the new ship is built up! I've done some investigating and the face is extremely well blended but I think I see evidence of the weld and I think you're right it appears to be about 3/8"

 

I think the hardy is an inch square? The anvil is also forged out of a few different pieces which is cool to see. I'm pretty sure there's no stamping or decoration on this one but it's extremely well shaped and finished, pretty amazed with how beautiful it is! 

 

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Thank you Alan once again. I agree with Emiliano the wealth of knowledge contained within thee is incredible!!!

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You're welcome!  That's the thing about being a nerd, the older you get the more seemingly useless bits of random knowledge you pick up.  And I've been a nerdly studier of hand tools for about 37 years now! :lol:

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The 674 lb anvil I kept I believe had an upsetting block at one point. I originally thought this was filler rod or something from when everything was forge welded. I've seen Joey Vandersteeg do that on a small anchor and some of the mini anvils he made but it was brought to my attention that it was probably the upsetting block that broke off.

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Here is another anvil with the upsetting block broken off. 

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It appears that way. I'm guessing with the upsetting block it would have been around the 700# mark. 

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