Community for Blacksmithing, Knifemaking, and Metalworking!

Welcome to the community for Blacksmiths, Knifemakers, and Metal workers! This is a topic forum for people interested in the arts of Forging, and working with metal to make beautiful and exiting projects. In this forum people can ask questions, give suggestions and ideas, and even feature some projects that they may have made! Whether it's a question about normalizing a blade, or a suggestion that may get your creativity sparked; this is the place for makers of the art of Blacksmiths, Knifemakers, and Metal workers. Share your questions, thoughts, projects, and ideas now!

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Forge using wood?

I'm building a brake drum forge, and coal obviously is the fuel of choice. I understand some guys use lump charcoal which they say works well, because anthracite or bituminous coal is hard to come by in some places-- like where I live. Has anyone used just plain, good old fashioned wood? Or has anyone tried wood pellets? In my area, pellets are 10% of the price of either coal or lump charcoal. I have hundreds of trees on my ranch and I use wood for heating my log cabin. With a good air supply, will Douglas fir, other conifers, or even pellets get hot enough for forging? I'm sure wood was used in bygone times in places where there was no coal, but is it a good forging fuel? Does anyone have experience (good or bad) forging with wood? THANKS!!

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Making a knife out of a lawnmower mulching blade? Answered

I am planning to use a lawnmower mulching blade to make my first knife. I need to know how should I heat treat the blade. I have read about annealing, quenching and tempering but every source of information has different instructions. Since I am planning to do this outdoors, I thought about using motor oil for quenching. Would you please provide some ideas or suggestions? Thank you very much for all your help.

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where can i get THICK steel for knives? Answered

I need some steel for my knifemaking stuff.

Question by crayzclown1   |  last reply


Is it possible to electroplate carbon fiber? Answered

Hi, I'm into knifemaking. There are some carbon fiber knives on the market, but they all have very poor edge retention. (because the edge is made of carbon fiber as well) I was wondering if it would be possible to add a thick metal coating of a hard metal to a carbon structural center, as to coat the blade in a thin layer of metal. This metal would then be serving as the cutting edge, hopefully with better edge retention.  Is this at all possible? What types of metal could be used? Thanks in advance!

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