Mouse hole anvil

verndahl

AKA tintin
Here's a anvil that's for sale on craigslist for 300 (122lbs). It's rough but do you think it's salvageable?

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Bruno

Administrator
Staff member
It doesn't look that bad. But for 300 USD a bit overpriced imo. Anvil prices are very dependent on location.
Over here, an anvil costs about 1 euro per pound, give or take.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
Unfortunately the prices are crazy here in the U,S . ( thanks to the show Forged in Fire) now blacksmithing is the "in" thing. It's good if your looking for information but not if your looking for supplies. i think i'll probably pass on this one and wait for something that requires a little less work (if i can get lucky) and a little closer to home ( this one's a hour and a half away).
 

Bruno

Administrator
Staff member
Have you seen Charlie's post anvil?
Honestly i would happily forego my 250 pound anvil if i had a post anvil and a flat block of steel to align things on. Paying 5 usd per pound is silly money
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
Yeah, right now i've got my piece of train rail mounted to a 4x6 steel post. It has worked so far for what i've messed around with but i can tell that a larger flat surface would be useful.
 

32t

Member
The more I watch and learn I am surprised with how much work is done on the edges of the anvil.

Sort of like buying a 3 inch hone and doing a rolling X stroke using only the outer 1 inch or less.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
Yeah I'm learning that too., that's why i'm thinking that i would like to find and anvil (or suitable piece of steal) with sharper edges.
 

32t

Member
Lets see how some of our more experienced guys think of this but I sort of envision the anvil as being a big ice cube and sucking the heat out of the piece you are trying to work.

With a razor or knife that doesn't take much......
 

Victor Creazzi

King of Bondo
If I were needing a 100 pounder, I might jump at that one. Mouse holes are good IMO because there is so much mass under the heel and hardy hole. Of course as a welder I don't see that damage as being very much of a problem. The undamaged edges on that anvil are plenty sharp IMO.
 

32t

Member
If I were needing a 100 pounder, I might jump at that one. Mouse holes are good IMO because there is so much mass under the heel and hardy hole. Of course as a welder I don't see that damage as being very much of a problem. The undamaged edges on that anvil are plenty sharp IMO.
As a welder how would you fix this?

What rod etc. for an unknown steel ?
 

Bruno

Administrator
Staff member
Any anvil will suck heat out of a piece. Weight doesn't really matter muchbafyer the first couple of pounds.

My anvil has most of the weight underneath the table which is what you want.
 

petercp4e

Focus to Win
So this afternoon I got a text from my son-in-law.
Are you home? - Yup
I'm coming over. - Ok.
Another text - can you come outside? - Yup
No one is there and he comes up the road in a company truck and backs in.
Hey..they were going to throw this away at work...want it?
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Well I guess 2/3 of an anvil on a nice beefy stand is better than nothing.
So the fun begins...

Pete <:-}
 

petercp4e

Focus to Win
There is some lettering but I couldn't quite make it out. I'm going to try rubbing some white chalk or baby powder on the area. It might bring out the lettering just enough to read it.

Pete <:-}
 
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