Downside to Offset V-bit Tongs? in Tools, general discussion Posted June 2, 2017 6 hours ago, Sanderson Iron said: Oh, I disagree, I do I do. It's a beginner's project just fine. You've got: drawing a taper, offsetting, leaving a boss and shaping the fit--done in matched pairs, all of which is excellent practice for any beginner with a wink of potential. (I wouldn't expect my sister to be able to do it.) You can add slot drifting the holes by and by--or forge welding the reins on. See, there's a pile of learning and practice for a beginner. The harm in buying is that Mr. Beginner won't get the practice from making them or the know-how to make a good pair when he needs to hold something odd for which there isn't a pair to buy. If a fella can't make his own tongs, he might want to consider another line of work. Give it a whirl, Mr. Carlson, and you'll have some tools you made yourself, and you'll be on the road to being a blacksmith when you're done. I agree that the practice is good, and no they are by no means an 'advanced' project - they are pretty important to get right though. If they are poorly fitting they can be downright dangerous, and a beginner is unlikely to get perfect fitting tongs on their first few attempts.