If you want to know more, I'd advise asking at https:// once you ruin one of those old anvils, it's done for. Is the anvil somehow not performing to your requirements?
Welding an anvil is a very specialized skill and is not for the amateur.
The back throat to heal reminds me a little of @446haybudden and also a bit like @kevzb7 one too.
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I have a Peter Wright that I bought missing an inch or two of the hardface. ..a ball bearing or use a light hammer tap on the face and check for rebound.
I think the tops of railroad tracks are induction hardened.
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Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! I do plan to pick one up from HF soon,now i just use my has a 5" square i use for my anvil. Nice and heavy, harder than hard, rings like a bell.
this is a new addition for the workshop & I feel lucky to have it. we who forge non ferrous metals for jewelry like a mirror finish face, so I likely will polish this one up & use it happily for the rest of my days That looks like a fairly thin waist on that anvil.
My two anvils, a Peter Wright (200#) and a Joshua Wilkinson (110#) (both English anvils) have thicker waists, in proportion.