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Old March 4th, 2015, 11:30 AM #31
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But also remember you will be beating on steel that is laying on the piece of track, not beating on the track. I know a few people that have been beating on the bottom ( flat part ) of railroad track for decades that do not have peening issues worth mentioning.
I can't believe that someone beginning to learn knife making will have severe issue's using a piece of track that can't be cured with a few minutes of draw fileing would not fix. I think hammer marks from missing would be more of a problem.
OP just don't over think your beginning needs.
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Have over 40' of what appears to be 80# A.S.C.E track. The head width might actually be closer to 2 3/4" (no exact match in the Crain Rail Book).

Already gave some to a buddy from work. If MDS members want to cut some sections to make anvils, that would be cool with me.
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Have over 40' of what appears to be 80# A.S.C.E track. The head width might actually be closer to 2 3/4" (no exact match in the Crain Rail Book).

Already gave some to a buddy from work. If MDS members want to cut some sections to make anvils, that would be cool with me.
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Used anvils pop up on Craigslist or estate sales every so often. I had been bashing on the "anvil" section of a large Wilton vise for years, and finally decided to buy a proper anvil. Got a 100lb Emerson from Centaur Forge. Buy once - cry once. I have zero regrets ...

(As an added bonus, my lovely wife struggled to drag the thing in from the driveway during a downpour when it was delivered. That alone was worth the purchase. She hasn't let me forget about that, either.)
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Have over 40' of what appears to be 80# A.S.C.E track. The head width might actually be closer to 2 3/4" (no exact match in the Crain Rail Book).

Already gave some to a buddy from work. If MDS members want to cut some sections to make anvils, that would be cool with me.
There is a mill tolerance for crane rail just like any other steel. Size should be stamped in the web
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There is a mill tolerance for crane rail just like any other steel. Size should be stamped in the web
Thanks, I'll go out and look ... when the weather improves.
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There is a mill tolerance for crane rail just like any other steel. Size should be stamped in the web
Rolled a few of the shorter sections over, not seeing markings on them. Longer sections (10 - 12') are too heavy to move without equipment. They are in the woods on a steep hillside. I'll take the time to pull them out if anyone's interested. Otherwise I'll get them when I need them for a project. Looks like I have at least 7 sections, 8 - 12', one is about 5'. Some pics:

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Brand new to the knife making hobby. Looking for a amateurs anvil to get started or ideas to make one at home. If you have one for sale at a amateur's price level couldn't hurt to throw it up or PM an offer. Personal experience and suggestions would be great, rather not go wrong right from the start. If you got them, show them, love to see your set up!
If you are new to forging I strongly suggest you take some classes before you buy equipment. The selection of what is best depends on what you want to do so get acquainted with some blacksmiths and do some learning first.

Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association has an active Blacksmiths Shop that operates during shows. Next show is Spring Steam Up in April.
http://www.roughandtumble.org/

They also teach Blacksmith Classes on Labor Day Weekend:
http://www.roughandtumble.org/schoolsatrt

The Hans Herr House also teaches Blacksmith Classes and has a Blacksmith Days show in June:
http://www.hansherr.org/education/fo...blacksmithing/

Carroll County Farm Museum has Blacksmith Days and used to teach classes:
http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/farmmus/Events.aspx

Also contact one of the Blacksmith associations for other learning opportunities:
PABA (see the past newsletters for a list of classes)
http://www.pabasite.org/
BGCM (Blacksmith Days in May and see calender for classes)
http://www.bgcmonline.org/

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I had a coworker of mine ask me randomly the other day if I wanted an anvil from his Dad's house. Turned out to be a 50 or 60 pound Vulcan which from reading online isn't a great brand but what the hell, now I have two anvils.
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