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After many years of wanting to forge stuff, I am finally giving it a go. Just started a month ago by getting a crappy anvil from Harbor Freight (it's crap, but does work). Started with trying a camp fire in the back yard, that took too long to get hot enough, so I bought a single burner propane forge. Boy, it heats up quick! First project was making a pair of tongs out of 1/4" rebar. It went fairly well, but one of the reins cracked on me and had to do another. Learning experience! They are ugly and pretty thin, but functional. I then ordered a Rapid Tongs Bundle Set from Ken's Custom Iron Sto
Hey y’all, first time poster, and very new member! I’m a young blacksmith in training and have received all of my knowledge from 1 book and this website! Haha anyway, so I decided to make a knife. First project ever. Used a railroad spike (doesn’t have enough carbon to harden into a serious knife yadda yadda) but, when I finished my rough shape and hammered my bevel I went to go ahead and finish the bevel shape with an angle grinder and a 36 grit floppy disk. Turns out, when someone who has only ground metal enough times to count on one hand tries to make a perfectly symmetrical gr