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So it's almost the college holidays, and i'm looking for something to do.... Answered

So, obviously, i'll have very little to do in the hols, so i've decided that i'll make my new forge (more and wider-spread heat) throw an anvil together, be it a railroad track anvil or whatever, and get busy. I've got a biiig project i'm going to sit on for now (instructable on the way, but there's LOADS more work to do before i'll consider posting.) but after that's done, i'll make something and apply what i've learned to some new stuff I thinks maybe a kerambit, perhaps...and a dagger, some stillettoes....arrowheads.....i'll work something out But what about the opinions of the esteemed community of instructables? think i should do this? maybe i'll get to selling some of these some day, tho i'll need more practice, first, but i think that as a hobby, it makes me happy SHOPPING LIST: Anvil thing Bits for forge Steel (5160's good) Grinding Wheels (starting to wear down a bit now. these wheels've taken everything i can throw at them, but they're shrinking steadily....maybe i might buy me a belt grinder, hey, anyone know what the average price for an average grinder is?) Air Blower That isn't Crap--i axed the last one to hell-- Any ideas? fan in a box, perhaps? both hairdryers i've used were crap. both ended up in pieces. Actually, i like the idea of making a kerambit, seems a nice, sort of challenging thing that'll look good, but, like most of this post, that's a digression. Werl, when i do makes these stuffs, i'll either post an instructable (prob. not for the forge. there;s enough forge instructables) but almost certainly for the rest of the stuff V


Ah, you make me both jealous and envious....remembering the days when I was so much younger and could swing a 16 lb sledge ..... back when I had a small forge.

I do so regret losing that part of my life.....

How about a Klingon Bathleth ?


9 years ago

Hi Vendigorth, I have just found this web-site as part of a research for my teacher training. I am a self-employed farrier and part-time tutor. To make a strong pair of flat bit tongs you should use some 3/4 round mild steel bar, a piece about 8 - 10 inches long will make both reins. You can also make them out of 1 x 3/8 flat mild steel bar by using the twist method. For a air blower on your forge try reversing the air flow on a vacuum cleaning. A project that you could complete without too much time wasted and then sell on would be a fire side set with a rams head on the top of the handle. Happy Forging, McVities.

How about something decorative? Some sort of up-side down mobile, with pieces balanced on top of each other?

sort of piled up? hmmm..... a series of steel loops and shapes, bigger at the bottom and de-bigulating towards the top...

> bigulating . Kewl word. Took me a while to figure out what it was (doesn't seem to be in any of the dictionaries I use). Ain't language amazing?

i made it up, so that'll explain why it's not in any dictionaries. cept the one i wrote.

What I had in my head was a sort of curled-up moustache shape - the centre of a moustache rests on the point of a lower moustache.

i really don't know what you're trying to describe..... perhaps a few minutes in paint...?

That's worked. The centre of the moustache is high enough that it is above the whole thing's C of G.

AH, RIGHT that's not too bad a project, actually, certianly the moustache shape'd be easy enough to make. Maybe i could use it in the shape-sculpture..

Hey vendigroth could you share with me some of your knowledge of forging because I am just getting started. (Only problem is I dont have a forge right now)

I'm still onlw a newb at this myself, but i'll share what i know... 1:hot steel always moves away from the center of an impact, that's how hot-cutters work, the steel gets pushed away from the ridge of the cutter and towards the outside of the cut. 2: Hot steel moves easier under the hammer 3: when steel's at the right heat to be hardened, it becomes non-magnetic (so damn useful. i couldn't get along without it.) 4: the stock removal method's a good starting point 4a: mild steel to practice on's a better idea than the good stuff i think you've got the basics of the stock removal method, actually, you made the binder knife, didn't you? 5:there are no mistakes; it's usually possible to salvage the piece, albeit with fairly large design modifications. 5a: if you forge steel too cold (under red heat) it's far too brittle glink, tink bink scrap (hard to do, actually) 5b: if you get steel too hot, you'll burn it (again, hard to do) the thing i like to keep secret is: once you've grasped the rudiments, it's easy. really easy. ah...books to read, if you've got some money knocking about somewhere..... Custom Knifemaking by Tim McCreight, perfect for the beginner, and i still flick through every now and then The Complete Bladesmith by Jim Hrisoulas, more advanced and complicated, but lots more depth and detail. like i said earlier, a perfect place to start is filing mild steel into blade shapes, you can't harden it (cept work-hardening) but it's perfect for getting experiance for the hardenable carbon steels. If there's any questions (hope there are. i like answering questions) post them on my orangeboard and i'll do my best to answer stock-removal method instructbale, anyone?

ok thanks for the help i am going to have a good bit of ?'s for you.

that's actually a good idea. Maybe, instead of making all the fancy fittings, i'll just get the blower bits from a vacuum cleaner and obstruct/altr in as necessary, so it doesn't blow the char5coal out of the top of the forge, but thanks for bringing that to my attention.


11 years ago

Just get a squirrle cage fan, i found one in my shed. They are also easy to regulate heat because you can just cover a portion of the inlet. Also they are designed to move vast qantitys of air at low pressure so its good for forging.

the only things i have been able to make was small knives made from nails because i can cold forge them.

I have an idea for a project. In either WWI or II, Britain mass produced a fairly simple knife that was made from a singl rod, bent to form a handle. It looked something like this: Never mind, library not opening, I'll show you later.