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  • Vaquero

    Moving stuff to the gas prices thread.....
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    Ever tried to buy an anvil? Nothing big, but say around 75 lbs or so, just an old anvil...

    We got a small auction outfit here in our town of about 12,000 folks. Its all on line. I say one from a local estate sale out of the guys barn. I could use one out here on my place I do some welding n stuff. I got in at $20 bucks, next day I checked and popped for $80, next day I hit it for $190. Now I am getting interested, $200 bucks, you crazy, not going there, but I followed it, it sold at $375. I knew the guy that finally won it and saw him down at the Tractor supply the other day. I said man are crazy on that anvil. He no, he needed one out on his place and has looked for years. He then asked if I had ever done any research on anvils? No, not really, he said do it, they are like gold. I did, he was right, so I am still with out an anvil. Then we got to talking about how somethings are as good today as they were hundreds of years ago.

    I have owned a gun since age 5 and all my life have used iron sights. But as I approach 70, the ole eyeballs are not what they once were. So I have bought some scopes. Its taken a long time to get used to using a scope atop a gun. To me that is high tech. Do I need a scope that all I need to do is point my weapon in the general direction and pull the trigger when the thing beeps or the green light goes off?????? I will pass

    I aint sure how this fit in on the electronisc and guns thread, but, it caught my attention.
    I've got great grandpa's anvil. Only markings I found so far are , SVEDEN, and 125.
    I'm thinking the 125 refers to weight. I'll do a little (damn little) rubbing on it and see if I can find any markings that indicate a date. A good anvil is an awesome thing.

    Nope, no money will take it from me.
     

    Southpaw

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    I seen the prices in the other thread. WOW!!! I've seen them in abandoned building as a kid and didn't think twice about them. I'll have to tell my brother in law, he's a real hoarder and is always coming across abandoned items or things people just don't want anymore.
     

    Glockster69

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    I'll do a little (damn little) rubbing on it and see if I can find any markings that indicate a date.
    Lay a flashlight on the floor (no ya BIG dummy, turn it ON 1st). See how all the dirt & imperfections jump out? Low angle light iz your friend.
     

    Flashcb

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    IF you can find a piece of Railroad Track. It will work in a pinch, but nothing replaces a good anvil, specially if it takes two boys and a mule to move it.

    ETA another use for them.
     
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    ROGER4314

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    I used to work maintenance in high tech production manufacturing companies. We always used to joke about sending an anvil out to the production lines and having them send it back....broken. The saying was "Those guys could F up an anvil!"

    Not sure why that was important this morning.

    Flash
     

    ROGER4314

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    In 1980, I was living with a lady named "R" who grew up on a farm In Iowa. Several family members passed away so the place was being sold. She wanted to go out there one more time to see the place. It was nice! It had the Blackest dirt I've ever seen and the land surrounded the house and several barns.

    Inside one of the barns, tucked in a corner was a huge "Simplex" vise on a rotating base. Proudly cast into the vise body was the name of the company, "Desmond Stevens MFG" and the location, Urbana, Ohio. The vise was rusty and looked pretty rough but I asked my lady if I could have it. She said "Yes" so I loaded the monster into her car and took it home!

    The rust was easily removed with a wire brush and I saw a heart of gold beneath the grunge. I didn't paint it and chose instead to see the years of honest toil that vise had seen. The lady is long gone but the vise has traveled with me from place to place for the last 33 years. It's attached to my work bench out in the garage as I type this.

    The moral of this tale is that women come and go. They waltz in and out of your life and disappear like a stinky fart, leaving only a memory of what was. Good tools, by contrast, stay the course and will outlive their owners if properly cared for. That vise always stands ready to help me, is low maintenance and doesn't talk back or create drama. "R" is gone and the "Simplex" remains.....Just as it should be.

    Flash
     
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