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  1. I think all beginner smiths should build one of these asap. They provide accurate, consistent, easy, productive, and simple effects on your forge work. I have seen these things sell for anywhere from $150 - $300 but with only 1-3 sets of dies. For $20-$30 you can make your own and have all 4140 or 5160 tool steel dies. Find yourself a junk yard or a spring repair place. Get a used spring pack from a 2 ton or bigger truck, you want find springs that are 2-3 Inches by 3/8" or thicker. Then build the holder to fit that material. Here are the pictures of the guillotine tool I build and use. I have sold over a dozen and they are reasonable to make and you can have a set of dies for less then $0.60 a set. Here is what's left of the spring pack I got for $14. I cut 2.75" for the bottom die and 5" for the top die. Here is the my guillotine tool and extra dies. This is the storage rack I made for my tool and dies. I always anneal and straighten the leaves of the spring pack and then I always cut several 2 3/4" and 5" pieces so I have stock available to create new dies as needed. I have a total of 2 hours invested to build my tool. I have 6 sets of dies now. I built a set for buchering tendons that is set at 3/8" so it can't go any deeper then 3/8...every one of them comes out perfect. Few tricks when making your own. Make sure you weld the bottom cross braces on about a 1/4" above the mounting plate..... this allows scale to be removed with easy and its also not able to build up and get your bottom die stuck. Always cut you upper die at least 1.5 " above the top cross brace. This will allow you to grind down the mushrooming from hammer blows several times before the die is to short and has to be replaced. Building this tool will really help you tackle more complex forgings with better consistency efficiency and better quality. Anything you see being done under a power hammer or with a hand held tool can be made into a die for a guillotine tool. Hope this helps.