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About JustinJ1982

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    Athens, Texas
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    Guns, Knives, BBQ, Cigars and Guitars.

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  1. In East Texas. https://post.craigslist.org/manage/3192081366
  2. JustinJ1982

    first knife looking rr spike

    Well got everything aligned this evening and finally started forging tonight. Over the weekend I finally got a stump for my anvil and learned how to properly light ny forge. Took a go at a RR spike and this is what I got. Wasn't aiming for perfection, just getting a feel for how the metal moves and what my hammer can do. Its nothing compared to what I see on here but this gave me some confidence and drive just making this. Gonna hit it on the grinder tomorrow and sharpen it and hang it on the wall.
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    Lighting my Forge

    Thx Glenn. Im gonna try the stick method tomorrow. I know my problem was trying to get it done too quickly. I was too excited!!! I will have more time tomorrow so hopefully I will have better luck. Again, thanks for the info.
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    life of coal in forge

    Im really just now getting started smithing, or trying to smith lol. I was wondering what the lifespan of coal is. I see people with forges that have a looooot of coal. I guess what Im trying to figure out is if it can be relit and does it just burn up or do you have to clean out the "used" coal in a forge? Hope Im not confusing anyone but myself.
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    Lighting my Forge

    Well, got off work tonight with plans on lighting up my forge for the first time. Tried and tried with no success. I have good coal for sure I guess I was just rushing things. Used the balled up newspaper method but couldn't really get a good lasting flame to ignite my coal. Try again tomorrow I guess.
  6. JustinJ1982

    Some of my knives to date.

    All are awesome blades man but "The Squid" is epic. Top notch work.
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    Nice man. Congrats and awesome knife.
  8. I will be there for sure. Only an hour away!!! Gonna be my first blacksmithing event.
  9. JustinJ1982

    So I got my first hammer...

    I have neither of those. What about a hand file?
  10. JustinJ1982

    So I got my first hammer...

    Thanks sir. Will sandpaper be sufficient? Maybe a dremel tool?
  11. JustinJ1982

    So I got my first hammer...

    Just a local hardware store bought cross peen made in Mexico with a wooden handle. 2lbs. My question is should I file the grooves down on the face and smooth off the sharp round edge too?
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    hammer handle question

    What are the pros and cons of wood vs. Synthetic handled hammers and what is your preference?
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    Show me your Forge

    Awesome Tundra.
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    Anvil weight?

    I know!!!! I don't know what to dooooooo.
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    Anvil weight?

    Thats my luck though. I finally find an anvil for way cheap and its my first usable one and now I don't even wanna touch. Ahhhhhh!!!! I would rather have a good one to use and let someone take care of this one.