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Many people come on this site, whether in the forums or the chat room, and ask where can they find tools, equipment, stuff, etc cheap and fast. It should be public knowledge that it takes money to get into blacksmithing, it is an expensive hobby and even more expensive to set up as a profession to earn a living. A 100 lb anvil will cost more than $200, tongs are better than $20 a pair, hammers are $20 and up, chisels and punches and flatters and swages and tools too numerous to mention all cost money...whether bought outright or made. Unless you want to emulate the poorest of the third world country smiths.......don't ask for cheap, it ain't happening any time soon in this country.
I've been looking around for a wire mesh heat face shield; I used one in class and it dissipated the heat from the furnace so well when I looked in that there was no discomfort. I've looked around online and found Jackson wire mesh face shields that specify they are for splash protection, but say nothing of heat. Is this the same thing or should I be looking for something different? Thanks for any insight.