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Help with 12" long tapers

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Having trouble being efficient with long tapers in 1/2" round stock. Should I fuller the whole length first and then forge to square/octagon/round or work on one section at a time? Also, should I fuller on all 4 sides or just the top/bottom of the round? Thx, Keith

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Start at the tip. Set up a square point.

Work your flats back from the tip going to square.

Do it in sections; don't try to heat 12" of stock and forge a taper.

Keep your taper smooth as you go; watch for steps and thick spots.

Get your taper set and then yes, go from square to octagon back to round.

Remember, you don't need 12" of stock to forge a 12" taper... it'll grow on you. Compensate for that up fromt.

Good luck,


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