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Jeremy Blohm

66 lb holland anvil swage block

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The more I'm getting into axe and hammer making I'm getting sick and tired of using my post vise for driving drifts. I know I could have made something with the steel I have on hand but I wanted this anyway. It is ductile iron but I figure its gotta be better than grey iron.

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Now I need to build a stand for it. But it's going to have to wait till next week when I get back home.

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Looks like a miniature industrial block.  Mine is about the same size, but it has only one through-hole (1 3/4" square) on the large sides.  The rest of the flats are taken up with bowl and spoon impressions.  Mine also omits the octagons and has two larger half-rounds on that side.  I need to carve out the pocket on its stump a bit bigger, the wood shrank over the last couple of years since I last rotated faces and it took a long time and a lot of force to get it back out.  It's surprising how tightly a 1" deep slot can grip when it's shrunken elm...

Regardless, swage blocks are incredibly handy to have around.  Certainly not necessary, but they make a few jobs easier for sure.

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I'm excited to put it to use. I'm finding axe making a lot of fun and hammer making is something I'm really wanting to do more of. I wanted it a bit bigger and actually considered buying one from blacksmithparadice.com when I bought my anvil. He has a few really big ones and a couple of ones in an L shape so there is  o need to flip it up on end to use the edges. The one downside is it only has the impressions on one side.

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Also the big sway on one side will be nice for straightening long objects like swords!B)

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For size reference here it is next to my 200 lb anvil.

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I love my swage block, even though it is banged up pretty badly. I have found that a swage with a dish is excellent for forge welding the bird's mouth on the tip.

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I like that idea. Holland anvils also have one with bowls and spoon impressions. It's a little lighter (50 lbs I think) and lighter on the pocket book. Maybe I will consider it later when the wife isnt mad at me for this purchase anymore.:ph34r:

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I made a stand with a hoist. It makes repositioning the block a lot easier. 

 

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That's a great idea!!!

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Thanks Jeremy!

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