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Old 05-03-2011, 07:45 PM
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Here is the main large swage block. I don't have a size on it but I'd guess 24X24X4"
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Here is the second of the 2. I've owned this one for nearly 20 years and was my main stay. Now I have a tendancy to use which one is more convienent.
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If I defend myself I am attacked.

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My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

I'd like to think of something smart, but I don't want to hurt myself.

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:14 PM
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Nice Swage block! Always on the lookout for one of those. Nice Anvils too. Here's my main anvil. 151 pound Peter Wright. Does fine for the light blacksmithing I do.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:15 AM
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Nice blocks Jennifer.
I was lucky to get mine as they are as rare as chicken lips round here.

I know what the outer shapes are for and in my case the bowl shape in the centre, but how do you use the variety or squares, rectangles and triangle in the middle?
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:06 AM
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Nice Swage block! Always on the lookout for one of those. Nice Anvils too. Here's my main anvil. 151 pound Peter Wright. Does fine for the light blacksmithing I do.
Nice anvil. 150lbs are used by some of the best smiths I know. Like the stand to. Do the rail road spikes have bolts on the bottom or just gravity?


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Nice blocks Jennifer.
I was lucky to get mine as they are as rare as chicken lips round here.

I know what the outer shapes are for and in my case the bowl shape in the centre, but how do you use the variety or squares, rectangles and triangle in the middle?
AJ, Post a picture of you Swage block if you can.

the holes in the center were used to smooth a longer bar back when iron rods were forged by hand. Kind of like and extrusion die is used today.

The hole have a slight taper to them.

Most use these holes today to hold other things, or to forge T's that arent quite square into being square and to upset ends of bars that are to long to be held vertical..
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If I defend myself I am attacked.

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

I'd like to think of something smart, but I don't want to hurt myself.

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Old 05-04-2011, 07:25 AM
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Thanks Jen

I will try and get a pic tomorrow. Everything made sense.....except the upsetting part. Must be having a brain fade or something as I just cant picture what you meant. Sorry.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:55 AM
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Thanks Jen

I will try and get a pic tomorrow. Everything made sense.....except the upsetting part. Must be having a brain fade or something as I just cant picture what you meant. Sorry.
Basically like a really big, bolt or nail header.


Picture a bar sticking thru with and end all ready slightly larger than the hole and then flattening it into a head of some shape.
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I'd like to think of something smart, but I don't want to hurt myself.

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Old 05-04-2011, 08:13 AM
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Jennifer, Everytime I go to an auction that has anvils or blacksmith tongs or forges they always go for silly prices. These guys buying must have cubic dollars.

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Old 05-05-2011, 07:44 AM
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Ohhh, an anvil thread! I could never have enough anvils, they are addictive and I don't know why. Maybe because they are scarce, hard to find at an affordable price, or it could be the lure of the "big one" you find in the corner of an old barn.

Jennifer you have some very nice examples, I would love to own a few of them. Thanks for taking the time to share them, and for the recent threads you've done on some blacksmithing techniques. You've been on a roll, and we all appreciate it!

I'll post a couple of pics showing my two Kholswa anvils, these are solid cast steel as compared to the more traditional means of using a wrought iron base with a hardened steel face plate. The 190 pound I paid fair price for but it's in rough shape. The anvil was used as a cut off station near the steel rack in an industrial facility and has a number of torch cuts right into the face

The 260 pounder was for sale on CL for an absolute steal for $50 and was literally in somebody's flower bed surrounded by mulch and pansies. The couple was moving and thought somebody might want to buy it, rather than leave it behind in the flower bed! I hope to have a lot of years left in me, and I doubt I'll ever score such an anvil deal again!

I have a few others I'll try to get some pics of later today. -David
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:56 AM
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Here is the anvil i inherited from my grandfather. At one time I new the maker and weight but all I remember is it is English made.
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