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    I got one...Forged even....

    It is a Wilkinson 110 lb. The good news is it was only $150, the bad was I had to drive 540 miles to get it. The fella that sold it to me said a guy was coming to look at it on the 8th but his offering was by the pound. He was afraid the guy was a greedy cuss so he sold it to me knowing I would love it. I asked a ton about it before I went there, made him test for dead spots and made the guy take more pics with a straight edge on the face, LOL. Apparently it was purchased and used by a copper mine in Kingman Az. until or in 1910, I forget which. That is where I went to get it from. I haven't looked up any info on it yet but I am thinking it is 1900 or earlier. It seems there were 3 Wilkison brothers in a small town in England that made them.

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    The stamping is not perfect and neither are the pictures. But I got lucky, the condition of it is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno View Post
    Mine's this one.
    250 pounds, 1 US dollar per pound

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    Btw, it's interesting that the very old anvils in that collection resemble small altars.
    That's a good observation. Consider that this was a skill long in training, few in mastery and absolutely essential. The blacksmith was a metal worker, shamanic figure for many cultures. Only a select few were chosen. Godlike men in their day.

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    The guy that had this collection called some of the indentations church windows. They were smaller and looked like little arches. I saw a guy on you tube turn an anvil on it's side and turn a flat piece of sheet into what looked like a shoulder piece for armor. The dished out areas of the anvil sides looked different in size also. I have a feeling that the whole anvil was used in some way to shape something. There is a lot to be learned by reading the descriptions on those pictures. I think if a blacksmith made many of 1 certain thing he surely had an anvil design that made it possible if not just easier to do. Not to bring the blacksmith down a notch. Any man that could take from the earth and make a weapon of iron, or a tool to break ground for planting was a man you would want to praise at the very least.
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    I once saw footage of a sheffield master smith, forging small knife blades.
    His anvil didn't look anything like mine. It looked like it had been through the shredder. It is a collection of small surfaces, protrusions and edges. Everything has a specific function, and it allowed him to hammer out a small blade without ever needing to use a hardy or swage block.
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    I'll take two, three if you include the loose piece of RR track on the ground that occasionally gets beaten. The vertical piece of track is what I started with. In the hardy hole is a fuller my son & I made from a jack hammer bit, the other half of the bit is next to it, which is used as a cutoff hardy.

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