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Old March 3rd, 2012, 07:48 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by orionn View Post
Dont smack it as hard as you can....thats not good. it can be dangerous
You should be able to just let gravity do the work.
Just let the hammer face tap the face of the anvil, (make sure the face hit flat) it should rebound (Bounce) and the avil should ring clear for a short time.
If it does, tap it harder to hear the ring or the thud if its cracked.
If it the hammer bounces, but it sounds more like you hit a crushed heavey wall steel pipe, you have a crack most likely.

also, be warry of hitting it too close to the edge, the do chip.

wear eye protection, you are hitting two pieces of hardrned steel together, the hammer may chip.

Hope that helps
The big issue with old anvils is if they have ever been in a fire. If they have been in a fire, they won't ring true. They will thud. A cracked anvil still might ring true depending on where and how you hit it.
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