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Blacksmithing

This is a group for guys engaged in the very manly art of blacksmithing. Blades, tools, artwork, anything goes as long as it comes from a forge.

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Getting Started

Started by Garry Thompson. Last reply by Chris C. Apr 29, 2015. 1 Reply

So I want to get started doing blacksmithing as a hobby, Ive seen a few videos and most people recommend making a Brake Drum forge. I currently don't have the tools (welding etc) to do this so was…Continue

Forging a knife for Father's Day.

Started by Ben B.. Last reply by Jason Mar 1, 2014. 6 Replies

Alright guys, I've had an idea floating around in my head for the past couple of months and I'd like to start working on it this summer when I have the time. I've decided I'd like to make a skinning/…Continue

Elegance of trade

Started by Christopher j. Brown Jun 21, 2012. 0 Replies

It would be great to forward the discussion of Blacksmithing as to what products, composition, and place of craft. What does one work with in terms of metal, the end product, and where the art…Continue

Making 'Damascus' by Hand

Started by Jason Jul 16, 2010. 0 Replies

To give Alex Smeets the most thorough answer possible, I'm going to talk a bit about making simple 'Damascus' billets.  I'll even…Continue

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Comment by Michael Ross on May 13, 2015 at 8:45am

Hello everyone! I decided to join this group because I am very interested (and have always been) in blacksmithing. I am hoping to gather info on tools, forges, and blacksmithing in general so I can make a plan to get my own forge one day and get starting making things!

Comment by Jason on February 23, 2014 at 7:52pm

@Jarid, you will probably want to look for a small gas forge, a rail anvil, and a box of hammers and files.  That way all of your stuff will fit in a truck for moving, and you can stash it easily in a storage unit during deployments.

Gas forges are more expensive that their coal counterparts, but you can just hook it up to a propane tank and a blower so you don't need to store coal anywhere.  You'll find many outlets on the internet, but I got mine from this place: http://www.nctoolco.com/forges.html

For an anvil you can haunt your local flea market.  If you can find the inevitable junk tool salesman, let him know you are looking for one, and they can probably find you an abused old anvil for about $300.  If you go this route make sure you don't buy one that has been broken and repaired, because it will break up again later.

You can also make a knifemaker's anvil with a bit of train rail.  If you can stake in into a 10x10 post for stability it works fairly well for cheap.  If you've got skill with a cutting torch (or know someone who does) you can make a much better product.  I can advise you if you need it.

For you box on hammers and files you need to start with a big ball peen hammer until you learn not to beat up hammers.  Get something in the 1.5-2 pound range so you can control it.  Once you stop bouncing that off your anvil check out this place, they are great: http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/

Sorry about recommending sources in NC, but they are good sources and I can drive to them.  I know these guys (well, I've talked to them) so I feel comfortable sending people to them.  Plus they'll ship.

There are also a ton of sources on the internet for ideas and videos.  Check out youtube of course.  Also check http://www.iforgeiron.com/ for fun stuff.

Comment by Jarid on January 29, 2014 at 8:01am

Liam- Thanks i have tried that. I found some good references. And suggestions on tools i need to buy in order to get started? I live in military housing so preferably just the essentials for now so when i move i dont have a ton of expensive tools that will break/be costly to transport/take up too much room. I have an open area with good ventilation that i can work in.

Comment by Liam Strain on January 29, 2014 at 7:03am

Jarid - I would look up "how to make a knife from a file" as a good starting point. Older files are good tool steel, and the process of reworking the metal will be good introduction. 

Comment by Jarid on January 29, 2014 at 6:28am

Id love to get started but dont really know where to begin. I love knives and would love to learn to make my own or as gifts. Any ideas of how to start?

Comment by Brian Dinges on November 21, 2013 at 11:27pm

Sorry, no.  I am in eastern Iowa.  Doesn't L.A. have some stringent regulations on "smoke" (i.e. particularly from coal)?

Comment by Austen G. on November 21, 2013 at 1:31am

Does anyone here practice blacksmithing in the Los Angeles area?

Comment by Pete Olsen on July 26, 2011 at 4:01pm
Joined AOM last Friday specifically for this group. Then on Saturday I was at the shop and hammered on my thumb. I was doing a hot cut and the hammer glanced off the chisel and wacked my thumb.
Comment by Alex Smeets on April 1, 2010 at 1:25am
Anyone here make Damascus by hand?
 

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