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    Hand forging/blacksmithing

    Just built a small forge to keep me busy during the uni holidays in the time between work and hopefully make some allright knives. Has anybody on here got some experience and willing to throw a few tips my way? I bought a whole bunch of old files from local second hand stores to be my first prototypes. Anything from anybody in the know would be great cheers.
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    Mate take us some photos, sounds cool

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    Get a few different types of hammers and you will need an anvil too. Get those arms workin

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    got an anvil, got some hammers big and small and waste oil to quench and all that. Going to bust the forge apart as i set the gas intake too far back so only a small amount of metal could be worked at a time which made it rather awkward after you'd hammerd out half a knife and old the tip got hot. Built the forge out of a old big milo tin with 50/50 plaster of paris and sand and a propane torch as the heat supply with a threaded pipe joiner as the air/gas intake. will take some photos when i get the set up sorted. looks well ghetto at the moment.
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    My late grandfather was the last full time blacksmith Ashburton Area (in Hinds). The volunteer fire station is now sited where his premises was. I can remember as a kid playing and around his "shop" and I also remember the huge forge and watching him make useful stuff from lumps of metal. He was part of a bygone era, unfortunately i cannot help you with any of the information you are looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggie View Post
    Just built a small forge to keep me busy during the uni holidays in the time between work and hopefully make some allright knives. Has anybody on here got some experience and willing to throw a few tips my way? I bought a whole bunch of old files from local second hand stores to be my first prototypes. Anything from anybody in the know would be great cheers.
    you might find Kasenit harding compound handy it will case harden your steel allowing you to hold an edge while not making the steel to brittle. bandsaw blades and powerhacksaw blades make good knifes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucko View Post
    you might find Kasenit harding compound handy it will case harden your steel allowing you to hold an edge while not making the steel to brittle. bandsaw blades and powerhacksaw blades make good knifes.
    Mates boss just gave me a few big saw blades so that should make some good steel but i kinda want to give banging something out a try rather then just griding the profile.
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    PM me. I'm a smith by trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggie View Post
    Mates boss just gave me a few big saw blades so that should make some good steel but i kinda want to give banging something out a try rather then just griding the profile.
    get same 1" bar heat it up nice cherry colour bang out your knife shape use your waste oil to surface harden when you have your shoulder shaped theres a clay you can get to stop heat transfer cover everything apart from about 10mm from your working edge warm it up to cherry again to put in the Kasenit powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiB View Post
    PM me. I'm a smith by trade.
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    Does the "B" in @SiB stand for blacksmith ?


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    No, my last name. Though the less kind in the past have suggested bastard. But not me, I'm a gentle soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiB View Post
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    Dont go secret squirrels share you knowledge around this looks like a promising thread


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    Quote Originally Posted by SiB View Post
    PM me. I'm a smith by trade.
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    Rare breed these days? A few Farriers but not Smithys, where I served my apprenticeship we had a full time Blacksmith and workshop,
    But that was the late 60 s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    Rare breed these days? A few Farriers but not Smithys, where I served my apprenticeship we had a full time Blacksmith and workshop,
    But that was the late 1600 s
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