I have a rather narrow rail, not the kind that trains travel, but that's enough for me. Already with the help of this little assistant, I forged a good knife from a file. First things first!
– a piece of rail;
– a steel “spike” (can be cut off from the hook on which the gates in villages are hung);
– good strong stump (I have birch bark).
– welding machine and electrodes three;
– grinder 125 (cutting wheel, it will not be superfluous to stripping);
– primer for rust (optional);
– LShM (she leveled the working plane of the anvil).
Step one. We clean and cut
After cleaning the rail a little, I decided to cut it into two pieces and then weld it “vice versa”. As a result, we will get an additional platform that helps to perform various tasks during forging, this platform helped me out already at the first forging of a knife.
Step two. Welding and cleaning
Of course, I cut it all crookedly, then I had to spend a little time adjusting it to dock the ends. As a result, I then welded everything well at maximum current, I think it will not fall off.
In the end, I cleaned the welded seams flush at the bottom and top.
In the end, I walked along the working plane with a grinder and removed a decent amount of metal, the sinks were deep .
Step three … Fastening spike
Firmly welded a spike, thanks to which the anvil will be fixed on the stump. Just forget about self-tapping screws, screws and other nonsense, the anvil on them will quickly start jumping, and the spike behaves perfectly.
Step four. Installation and testing
I drilled a hole in the stump with a drill for 10, my stump is made of birch bark, this wood does not split, it is very viscous. The stump dug a little so that everything was stable. As a result, it remains to hammer the anvil, it is holding up perfectly so far.
As a first experiment, I uncovered a coin from aluminum bronze, it is forged even on a cold one very easily. Soon I will post my first knife, created on this anvil, for review. Well, that's it, good luck to everyone, if you have any questions, write your comments!