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Skyjerk

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I'm surprised that no one has started up that old debate about vintage anvils vs. new anvils...
That’s because everyone already knows that forged steel is better than cast iron (for anvils) regardless of age :-
 

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I got a Systems Resources error message just trying to get to the next page ... must be having website hosting issues?
 

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That’s because everyone already knows that forged steel is better than cast iron (for anvils) regardless of age :-
Still, Chris, you're gonna have to spray some water on that chain to get it right. Everyone knows that Patina = Tone. When you post a YouTube of you banging away to the background of "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad," folks will shake their heads and say, "Not enough rust on the chain."
 

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Yeah but....the old, secret steel alloy they used to use is far superior to the junk they use today. :laugh2:
That’s because everyone already knows that forged steel is better than cast iron (for anvils) regardless of age :-
 

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Anvils are iron to deaden the hammer blows (in addition to being cheap). Some people like 4140 steel cause its super strong, but it can give you RSI because it rebounds the hammer significantly more.
 

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Les Tele? Tele Paul?

Whatever you call that thing, I dig it. Bolt on or set neck?
 

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set neck. brazilion fretboard, with cell. inlays. spanish cedar body and one piece sp cedar neck. rosewood hs veneer with abalone inlays. i'm at a loss for what you call it too.
 

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Anvils are iron to deaden the hammer blows (in addition to being cheap). Some people like 4140 steel cause its super strong, but it can give you RSI because it rebounds the hammer significantly more.
Some Anvils are iron because it’s a lot cheaper. There is no other functional reason. Steel is better in all other respects. Mostly, a forged steel anvil returns nearly 100% of the energy of the strikes, the result being that a lot more work is accomplished for the same amount of effort.

Every blacksmith I’ve ever spoken to, or read about, all say the same thing without fail.
It takes 3x the effort to do the same work on cast iron, and the only reason people own them is because they couldn’t afford the better anvil.

The rebound you refer to is a good thing. You are more likely to develop a repetitive strain injury on iron because you have to make 2 or 3 times more strikes to do the same amount of work

As far as deadening goes, the chain on mine is extremely effective. The ringing is almost 100% eliminated
 




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