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Old 08-02-2018, 01:25:30 PM
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I saw this anvil on Craigslist. https://stlouis.craigslist.org/grd/d...659777540.html
I have never seen one that was broke this bad. What would it have taken to break it? Bad casting?
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If it belonged to my one of my brothers...
Probably a rubber mallet
My guess would be a casting flaw.
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I have one at home just like this anvil. No I did not break it. It was broken over 50 years ago by someone else. My father told me it was broken on a very cold morning. Merton
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Don't overlook the possibility that it might have been in one of those shows where they place a powerful charge underneath and set it off to see how high they can blow them into the air!



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Don't overlook the possibility that it might have been in one of those shows where they place a powerful charge underneath and set it off to see how high they can blow them into the air!
Hence the term "Blowing the Anvil"
What a good dose of FFFF black powder will do!
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That reminds me of what my grandfather used to say about people who were prone to breaking things. "That man could break an anvil".
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My Uncle used to say about my cousins "Give 'em an anvil & they'll tear the horn off of it".
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Default Re: Broken Anvil

Wouldn't be that hard to break a smaller one really if doing heavy work with a Stryker working with tools in the Hardy hole.

That's why I've made a striking anvil to eliminate heavy work on my real anvils, it's also lower down too so easier to work off of with a sledgehammer.

Also ones that aren't a solid wrought base are made from forge welded pieces, could of broke at a bad weld
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Yes, I'd go with the "made in several parts" theory. A bit surprising that the face (top plate) is broken off so squarely. I bet some owner ground the end square and continued to use it.

If you saw it on craigslist, then I might assume that you are in the market for an anvil. I'd skip this one if you want one to do real work. You need a hardy hole and a pritchel hole.

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These are often referred to as "doorstop anvils".

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