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I Forge Iron


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  1. His anvil is a sledgehammer head sunk in a log. That tractor weight (?) is just for cutting and flattening. The man is talented. I worked with a Thai farmer/blacksmith back in 1977/78 when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. The 70+ year old guy made some very nice blades. He had no electricity and didn't even have a hand-cranked grinder. Knives were forged to near-perfect shape, descaled/refined with a draw knife and a file was sparingly used to do a final edge cleanup. My blacksmith used a setup virtually the same as these old photos from 1964. I used to work the air pumps for him. https:
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