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Old 09-15-2004, 10:49 AM
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New Anvil?

OK this railroad rail thing is getting old. Time for an anvil. Please help me pick something out. It's a major expense (can't find one of those 'buried in the back of the ranch deals) and I don't want to do it twice.

There's so many to choose from I'm getting lost. Here's two I've found

The "Shaper" off this page: http://www.jhmanvils.com/

Or the model 75 off this one: http://www.oldworldanvils.com/anvils/index.html

If there's sometime else I should look into please let me know!

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Old 09-15-2004, 11:43 AM
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Steve, check out http://www.euroanvils.net/

I know a few folks who have these and really like them.
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Old 09-15-2004, 01:07 PM
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I've used the 66lb austrian anvil from old world. Good anvil.

The JH shaper model has a 5/8" hardy hole.
I like a 1" size myself. More hardy tools are available in the 1". least in my experience.

If you run across 5/8" hardy tools they will slip in a piece of 1" tubeing and are usable, not so the other way round.

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Steve where do live? I know a couple guys that deal in old anvils


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Old 09-15-2004, 01:20 PM
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Thanks Sweany (fellow Barkin' Turtle Member),

My main problem with most of the anvils I've see is there is no place to work the plunge cut. Know what I mean? You have to have a square corner so the ricasso is off the block and the edge of the blade is at the edge of the anvil face (so the hammer doesn't smack the anvil).

The JHM Shaper face is above the horn so you have clearance for the ricasso. But the Nimba and other european jobs don't have any place to pound. The ones with a square butt won't work because the overhang doesn't move metal like if you are pounding over the solid part of the anvil.

I THINK there's enough clearance on that model of the old world anvil, but I'm not sure.

Heck, I'd probably get a Nimba if the horn was below the face rather than level.

Does that make sense? Or am I worried about the wrong thing.

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Where do I live? South of San Jose, CA. Do you know someone out here!?!!?!

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Old 09-15-2004, 06:47 PM
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Model 75 anvil

I own a model 75 anvil from Old World and find it to be an excellent anvil. However, I am not primarily a bladesmith. I do forge a few knives but my main purpose here is to represent the interests of Prima Dona Metallurgists everywhere. If you really need a raised area over the mass of the anvil, make yourself a spot anvil by welding a 1" square shank to a 1" thick x 2" square piece of hardened steel. Drop the shank into the hardy hole on this anvil and you are pounding right over the heaviest part of the anvil.


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Old 09-16-2004, 07:50 AM
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Steve, yeah the heel is not a good place to do heavy forging.

Friend of mine works the blade on each side of the anvil rather than at the step of the anvil.

Riser blocks that fit in the hardy are a little bouncy though. Unless you have a cam loc hardy like mine.
The europeans don't like the step, cause it interferes with working long stock. I was told that by an english smith , name of Bruce Wilcox.


Sorry I don't know anybody in CA. Might try checking the ABANA site for an ABANA chapter in CA. Usually somebody in the club will have stuff to sell.

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Old 09-16-2004, 11:29 AM
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Steve,
I've owned a JHM anvil for 11 or 12 years. I can't remember what the anvil before that was, but I do recall being very pleased with the new one. The JHM is a nice lively anvil.
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Old 09-17-2004, 11:30 AM
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steve there is an event comeing up this weekend in Menifee, check the site.


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Old 09-17-2004, 11:41 AM
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Thanks, sweany.

Dang that's about an 8-9 hour drive for me. The only free time I have this weekend is about 4 hours on Sunday. Not gonna fit.

However I'm really going to have to attend one of their classes - talk about cheap and looks like loads of fun.

Todd: Thanks for the reference. It looks likes gonna be the one to get. There's a shop not too far away where I can buy one without shipping.

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Steve, the BS clubs are kewl. least the ones I've been too are. Learned a lot from those guys. Glad you found an anvil close.


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