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Hey everyone, I'm Nate and I'm from central Minnesota. Like the majority of you I've always had an interest in learning to blacksmith, and I'm finally at a point where getting equipment and time to do so a bit more possible for me so I am excited to get started. I'm going to do pretty much anything I can to at least get well rounded in the craft but I will mainly be focused on smithing medieval weapons and armor, largely so I can make practice equipment (various armor and sharp/blunted swords) for my other passion of historical fencing. Hopefully I'll see some other HEMA enthusiasts lurking around here with me. ^_^ Happy hammering! -Nate
I have been interested in blacksmithing since I was a wee lad. I made a cheesy 16 gauge great helm with roofing nails as rivets in welding class and a butted chainmail haubergeon when I was a teenager over 10 years ago. I have recently become very interesting in smithing again. The first thing I need is an anvil. I have been checking craigslist often and I found one for much cheaper than most others. It has a wavy recessed edge near the top that bothers me. Can you anvil experts tell me if the is a red flag or nothing I need to worry about? Farriers anvil, 135# $295, includes stump. The first thing I plan to make is nails. Regards, Berserk