bigphotog
I’m looking at a used anvl that’s listed as a 65 lb “harden steel” anvil. It doesn’t have any name or makers mark except for a 6. I’m going to go look at it tomorrow afternoon the asking price is 275.00
It’s about the size I’m looking for though at the bottom of the scale 65 to 100 lb.
any input would be appreciated.
thanks,Dave 7A46D198-18D9-4754-A747-CF0ED0C5A490.jpeg
I got a contact from seller and he identified it as a “forged” anvil...
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Mike Westbrook
I would be pretty pleased with that anvil I often wish I had a second smaller one I would offer 240 in 20 dollar bills worst they can say is no 
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jmccustomknives
I'm thinking its one of those Russian cast steel anvils.  It's a light for a main anvil, the price like Mike said is about where the value would be.  Take a ball bearing and drop it on the face.  If that bearing doesn't come back past halfway pass on it.  To put it in perspective, I can drop a bearing on my Fisher and it comes back to my hand.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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bigphotog
Well I bought it... offered 200 and he said yes. Did the ball   Bearing  test and had a nice rebound. It had been well used and has some knicks and shallow scars but not so bad that can’t be cleaned up.
the seller was a retired tool maker. That was moving...
interesting thing is that it has 7/16 theded holes at the front and rear of the base for mounting. 
As im just getting back to the forge this will do for know until I hone my skills to a point I can justify and find a larger anvil.
next step will be the construction of a proper covered  work place behind my garage😎 
thank for the input I’ll include some photos later
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Mike Westbrook
Good score the bolts and being gray remind me of something navy that had to be bolted fast 
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bigphotog
Never thought about the navy... but makes sense it might have come from some old ships machine shop.
He at one time  lived in Long Beach CA. Where there was a huge naval base. In the navy it doesn’t matter what color it is it will end up painted gray if it sits in one spot to long.

Well I didn’t get the deal of the century but it will serve.
so I cleaned it up a bit and the scars on it’s face showed up more. So we share something  in common😎
He also tossed in a old hand cranked grinder and some machine cutting tool bits. E545D8E8-E6E8-4E3A-8E19-FB4B8B02A1C8.jpeg  0318B268-0086-4143-93D8-5FC504F18AFE.jpeg  2BB7CADF-729C-4AA7-B3DF-25A3B28B9317.jpeg  B63F2017-656C-4674-A5CE-914739149500.jpeg  A37FC584-B254-4489-B517-9DE115DEFD36.jpeg  DBD60A03-F7CB-453F-A044-496C5308151A.jpeg  1C23B73F-05DD-47D5-AC2B-2C0E047FA33E.jpeg
For a short time I thought about painting it but it has  character as is...
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bigphotog
I talked to a old friend that I used to work with that owns a engine shop. He offered the use of one of his engine block surface grinders to clean the top up a bit for free ( I’ll actually be doing all the work after hours) It’s a typical wrought iron body with a harden steel top similar to a PW anvl. If I do I’ll only take a little off as I don’t want to compromise the integrity of the striking surface... 

A side note: speaking of a PW a few years ago I visited my cousin that took over the  family farm. We had  a black smith shop there. At that time we had three anvils a 200+ lb Swedish anvl and two small Peter Wright’s that we’re 111s so around 110lbs? well I took posesion of the smaller anvils wrapping them in oil cloth and stored them in the corner of the barn telling my cousin to take care of them for me...back to my visit. I went to find the anvils and was told that his son and his friends lost them! I asked how do you louse a hundred pound anvil? Not alone two... well they were anvil launchers and though I thought they would be to heavy about ten years ago they managed to send not one but both into the Snake river! You can’t fix stupid!!!
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Hank Rearden
Looks good to Me. Not sure of a maker. I had chips and grinder marks on my anvil. I used a flap disc on a hand grinder and rounded the damaged edges. The edge varies so it's like a progressive fuller. Plus it will help prevent future chips from miss hits. I didn't worry about the top so much. Most polished it.
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bigphotog
It has no real markings but if it was in a navy ships shop they wouldn’t just buy one but contract out for a quantity from a manufacturer.
the seller said he had it for over 30 years and it was used when he received it...
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Anthony San Miguel
Look up Badger Anvils. That bulge under the heel says Badger to me. The really old Fisher anvils had them too, but the body and horn looks different.
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bigphotog
I think you’re right. I found a few pictures and the discription of their construction, over all design and look says it is a badger...and some were the same red that my anvil started out 8810AD58-010F-451C-B2C5-4F051B23969A.jpeg  ACE137DD-FF31-465D-A3AB-181D17E3C25E.jpeg  F9B019B8-87C2-4C39-BF82-19DAC692849E.jpeg  as until it joined the navy
The body is a little different and the foot is thicker but the horns the same in the photo but the one in the page and in some other photos looks the same as mine.
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jmccustomknives
It could be a Badger, definitely not a Fisher.  My Fisher was military surplus from WWII, so that isn't unheard of.  Use it to make pretty things.  

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HHRo
It's a badger. Iv had one before. If it's 60 pounds there should be a 6 underneath the horn. I had a 90 pound badger so mine had a 9 underneath. It has the hardy hole protrusion, and there's not much info on these guys. They are cast iron with a steel plate top. It doesn't have a ring to it, more of a thud. It's a tough anvil I used mine a long time before I got my A&H. Take good care of it but most importantly put good use to it. 
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HHRo
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bigphotog
That’s what I thought after Anthony steered me in the right direction. It has a 6 under the horn. I cleaned up the top too...a couple thousands off to make  sure it’s flat then rounded the edges a little and finally de-bured the edges and polished the top and edges with a 220 polishing disk and some black polishing/cutting  compound.
Cleaned up the horn too.polish and debur not to make it shiny but to smooth the working surface and edges to help protect the work and the anvil.I
dont know if I’m going to strip it and paint or leave be. 1454DFA6-8EF2-4436-90A3-631436BAF458.jpeg  4227C8D3-73D0-4A00-8E78-AE4FD5E31AEA.jpegStill some knicks and a couple chips but I smothed  them out. Now a stand.... 6D7A243C-55B8-4CE6-B8AB-A9E454845088.jpeg
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HHRo
I'd say you are in good shape. : ) I used mine without ever cleaning it up, but mine was so beat up even if I tried cleaning it up there wouldn't even be a steel plate left. It was probably 1/8 thick. It's definitely seen some heavy used cold steel. 
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pnut
You'd be surprised how much hammering hot steel on it will polish up the face
 
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bigphotog
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as I mentioned before I had surface ground the top and cleaned up the horn and edges. Wire wheeled the body removing any rust. 
I decided to paint it’s original color - farm  implement red and not the traditional black that I think might have been a choice of color you could buy.

It’s now ready to be put to good use...for another 50 or more years.
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