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  1. Are “slot jaw” tongs available commercially or must they be custom made? I saw a pair being used on one of Black Bear Forge’s demos and they looked to be handy for various shapes.
  2. I was recently asked to forge some chain, and I posted a pic of my progress... to which my sister, who lives in Rugby England, responded with some pictures of the Black Country Museum and one of the blacksmith shops there. In the photo there is a double handled sledge. I have heard of these... but I have never seen one in use... does anyone have a video or know more about them? I suspect that it is mostly lifted and dropped....or was it used with a master and apprentice one providing power and the other aiming... I don't know anything about it... figure someone here might... care to sh
  3. Hello there! New member here, me and my dad are in the middle of building a propane tank forge. So far it is all put together, cut open and ready for refractories. Here's our issue: He have some ceramic wool to line the inside, 1" thick. We know that it is better to do 2", and I think we have enough for 2". We Also have 2 5-gallon buckets of unknown refractory cement (We don't know what kind/brand it is, we just know that it is refractory cement). Our original plan was to line the forge with the wool, and then coat it with the refractory. But as I've been reading and looking around, I've heard
  4. Hey it’s been 3 days since I turned on my first forge, read several books but have no practice, made 3 sets of tongs horrible but they work... will read more and try to forge something better cheers
  5. 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 c
  6. I am looking to cut my teeth on making some household tools, starting with a simple flathead screwdriver. I was considering getting some tool steel rods as the material (O1 or S7), but I was just wondering if it's strictly necessary and worth it to use fancy steels. Would mild (1018) work for a screwdriver head just as well? I have gone and searched for information on what material is used in professional (ie, craftsman, ect) and searched the forum to no avail. Just looking for opinions/advice. Thanks for looking! Carpe Frigus Finem!
  7. Hey everyone, I just completed my forge and have it working quite well. I was hoping to start making tools as soon as possible and am looking for simple things to make that will benefit my skill set. I have an ample amount of rebar lying around the yard that i was hoping to put to good use by practicing my forging. Any suggestions on what i should focus my time on making?
  8. So now that I've started on my blacksmithing journey I want to try and collect together as many tools as I can from what I have at my house. My dad did a lot of different trades before I came along so I have a ton of his old tools lying all over the place. A lot of those are stone hammers, heavy hammers, etc. I highly doubt I'm gonna find any kind of tongs but I might get lucky. Literally my dad did everything from stone masonry, to welding, to working with muzzle loaders as a hobby. So I literally have a whole garage to sort through! I'm gonna need some help figuring out what hammers/to
  9. With the tiny spoon taken care of I submit this next item for identification. It is labeled as a "Rosette Iron", which traditionally refers to an implement used in cookie making. One dips the iron into batter and then into hot oil. I don't think my tool was ever used for that purpose. The flat bottom would not be suited for making fancy cookies. Nor does it seem that it is a branding iron, it wouldn't make a distinct enough brand, I don't think. It may be something that is inserted into a similarly shaped hole and twisted, but for what purpose I have no clue. Looking for answers wi
  10. So a while back when i first started blacksmithing i purchased a box of 100 new old stock random files for $ 50 figuring anything i did not want i could always forge into somthing else in the box came all manner of single cut and double cut files and rasps rounds triangular half round , bandsaw files..... along with all that came three files? Made by nickelson usa that look like the following images it may be hard to tell but there are only file teeth cut on the lower half of the back. The sides are smoth and it is shaped like a knife file but all descriptions i have seen for knife files woul
  11. I bought this small vise at a trades day it looks like I small post vise but it doesn't have a post I was just seeing in anyone might know more about it then me. There is no name on it or any markings. Thank you
  12. Hello! First, I'm quite fascinated with the art. Second, I have an idea that I need opinions on. So, I'd appreciate if someone could share your thoughts. There is a Leeb hardness test, and i have an idea to make a tool for quick determination of hardness and thus identifying material if for some reason that is not known. i would like to know if anyone can tell me if there are any streamline tools to determine hardness (apart from file or Rockwell test). And most important if that is something that smiths would be interested in that? I know that the question is vague, b
  13. I took a couple of hours this afternoon to built a stand for my railroad track anvil. It is my first one I’ve ever built so it’s not top notch but it hasn’t fallen apart yet and it works pretty well. What do u guys think?
  14. Hello, all, I was reading a post on a welding forum where a guy needed to make a custom wrench for a specific application, so he ended up welding a socket onto the end of a combination wrench. In his photo, you could see the Heat Affected Zone near the weld (on the right-hand side of the wrench in the photo), which made me wonder whether the heat would have removed the hardening/tempering of the steel in the HAZ, and made the steel there weaker, by annealing or normalizing it. (I'm not sure you'll be able to view the photo without registering at the other forum, so I've attached it below i
  15. I am curious what I can make from my D2. I do need punches, chisel's, fullers, ect. Would the D2 be ok for them?
  16. Found this item in the Ada area. Sadly out of my reach at this time. Though someone on there might need/find a use for it. Link removed
  17. Hey I have been looking at some shop presses recently and was wondering, is ther any reasons why i couldnt use a press from harbor freight like the one in the link? https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton-air-hydraulic-shop-press-with-oil-filter-crusher-65330.html
  18. Hello all, new to this forum and I was hoping I could get some advice. I am really interested in Smithing and I would like to pick up this hobby, and I have some questions. I am going to start building my forge. I was thinking about welding two 20 pound propane tanks together. I plan on making knives and small swords/machetes and the likes. I plan on lining it with 2 inches of kaowool with firebrick on the bottom and adding a door and all that. It is going to be a propane forge. My first question is will this forge need 2 burners? Or just one? I know there are different kinds of burners. Am
  19. Just wondering if anyone knows where i could get a pair of tongs for cheap in the UK or at least an equally as good alternative. Currently im using vice pliers but im not having much luck with gripping the metal due to the smaller surface area
  20. Just want to thank Ethan Harty for forging these tools for me. I would buy from him again no doubt. 5/5
  21. the beak is not much of a mystery, but what are the other things for? I don't even know how to describe them....
  22. I recently found this old belt grinder at an electrical surplus shop just sitting on the ground. I bought the thing and brought it home but cannot find any information on this thing. The guy told me at the store he thought it was a 2"x72" belt grinder but I measured the loop around all the wheels and only measured 60"-63" after you let out all the adjustment. Also the two wheels towards the back are both 1-3/4" wide wheels however the bottom wheel in the front where the platten connects is only 1-1/2" is that normal?? The only information on the cast aluminum frame states, "Sandmaster Products
  23. So, last night I received my new Grizzly Knife Grinder in the mail. I was pretty excited to see it had arrived. Upon seeing the package when I got home, my excitement turned to disappointment. One of the two boxes that it came in (the motor box) came with a huge hole in it. Also, one of the arbors (or, at least that's what I think they are called) was sticking out of the package. Inside, the cast iron assembly was broken on the buffing wheel side, with one of the small metal pieces broke off and jammed up (somehow) inside the motor. I removed the small piece of cast from inside the motor.
  24. I good friend of mine, dave, gave my this tool along with some much needed parts for the steamer. it looks like an od type of vice grip maybe. if anyone can shed some light on this that would be great! P.S. you are invited to come to vegreville alberta this Saturday to the fair. we will have our steam engine their along with a couple others, I will also be playing fiddle for the weekend.
  25. Hi All, I am planning to build a "beam Drill" similar to the one depicted in Peter Nicholson's Mechanic Companion. (see the attached Picture, items D, E, and F) I am trying to learn from those who have tried making one of these and many google searches haven't revealed any modern reproductions. All search terms are pretty common and turn up the hand crank "post drill" and twist drills and auger bits.... but nothing for braces and drill for metal prior to 1860. I have found a really interesting thread on another forum... ( http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=1
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