the hangman Posted December 24, 2009 Share Posted December 24, 2009 I am new to the forum and also to blacksmithing. I have arranged for some lessions from a seasoned vetran - but he doesn't want to start untill the snow is gone - so I am banging on some metal on my own for now. I am gathering parts for a brake drum forge to replace the $10 propane torch I am currently using and I picked up a couple books "New Edge of the Anvil" and "The Art of Blacksmithing" I have a junk China anvil and I am looking around for something better - but I have something in the mean time. I just bought a couple real tongs to replace my vise-grips. I bought an Off-Center Wolf Jaw and an Off-Center 1/4" V-bit chainmaker (16") - for making those manditory S-hooks. Here is my question: What is the purpose of a "Pick-up" tongs? I read they are used to pull the workpiece out of the fire. What does that mean - is that all they do ? Then what - do you transfer the workpiece to your regular tongs for forging ? Can't I use my regular tongs to pull the workpiece out of the fire or will that somehow damage them ? Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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