MC Hammer Posted May 25, 2018 Share Posted May 25, 2018 Josh you've covered things pretty well. I like that you are thinking things through before jumping in. My two cents.......spend your money on a good anvil. Certainly buying a new solid tool steel anvil is nice, but you can also buy a used one it just takes time to find one. Many people has said in past threads that what you spend on an old anvil could get you a new anvil made of tool steel and they are right, but, I think you can buy a larger old anvil. I spent $300 on my first anvil but it is 179#'s. It's not perfect, but I think I got more anvil for my dollar than what I could have afforded with a new $300 anvil. Network to find tongs, but I must also agree that you should buy a good pair of wolf jaw tongs or V-bit tongs. V's can hold round and square stock / wolf jaws can hold several different types and sizes of steel stock. You could easily buy a pair of wolf jaws to get started then look around at flea markets and junk shops. I picked these tongs up for $7 each and they are Champion brand. Price the equivalent pairs bought new. The solid steel piece in the middle was thrown in free. I plan on cutting it off and making a hardy tool out of the T section. Picked up a third pair from the same junk shop for $10 on another stop there. So that's $24 spent which is probably not even the price of one set of new tongs. But....it takes time to find these places and work on relationships with the owners. I second the eye and hear protection as well as having your fire to the side of your tarp. Keep your anvil in the shade under the tarp as that is where you'll be standing 80 % of the time. I bought my first gas forge new. You can make them for cheap, way cheaper but I just unboxed it, hooked it up to gas and started forging. Some things you need to take your time doing and other things are more efficient to just buy them to get started. If I were you, I'd come up with the total budget you can afford to spend and then maximize that money by listing what you want to buy. You may find that buying this or that used allows you more money for a new anvil or that you have a few hundred more dollars to spend on tooling. Good luck and keep your head on a swivel over there. There are those of us who keep you and your brothers in our thoughts daily. We haven't forgotten about the good work being done and the good work that still needs to be done over there. Oh, and the hammers hanging from my anvil stump - the ones on the left are two Harbor Freight specials and all the other ones were bought at antique shops or on ebay for cheap. I had to put handles or re-wedge all of them. I bought the HF hammers first to just get started - nothing at all wrong with how they move metal once profiled correctly and handles slimmed down to the correct diameter for good forging. But........it's taken me 2 years to build up the tools I have and it wasn't an instant thing. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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