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Thread: New Forge for me, First try at making knives

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    I really like your forge. It is the perfect size. I need to build one but thought I would start with a charcoal forge first. I only intend to use it for heat treating dies that I make. Maybe make a knife someday but that would be secondary function.
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    I haven't even finished curing the propane forge yet. I built the coal forge from a turkey fryer,brake drum and a mail table from a postal jeep. I first learned in '76 at Berea College in Kentucky. Then after the Army and USPS, retirement finally came and I got the urge again. So I built the coal forge. That was 4 years ago. Still gathering and building tools and trying to remember what I was taught so many years ago. The tomahawk will go out in the mail this morning as part of a care package to a ex-ranger now flying a dustoff in Afghanistan.He took me turkey hunting for the first time this spring. Hopefully he won't have to use it. My daughter still serves, I made her one too.
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    Here is a small hatchet I made from a horseshoe rasp. It weighs 11 oz. really easy to carry and will split a deers ribs ok. Ok for driving tent pegs but not enough weight to do any semi serious chopping with. Plus without a poll the balance is funky.

    Planning to make another someday but with extra metal in the poll and a piece of 5160 ( old truck spring ) sandwiched for the cutting edge. This should give it a little extra weight, better balance and stand up to abuse better. Pelvis bones are a little hard on it now.
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    Excellent pics. Those are way beyond my skill level currently. I bought a book on knife making and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it.

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    Lar, I recently bought a book called The Home Blacksmith--Ryan Ridgway. Lots of good info. Farrier nips can be turned into tongs fairly easily, most of the work is already done. And you can find them in flea markets for a dollar or two.
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    That sounds great, I'll have to go scrounge some flea markets. I've just been using pliers and vise grips for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
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    Hope you don't mind me sharing........
    That's a nice setup, you make the second forge as well? I've been curious about doing some knives, even went to Sevierville and took one of those "lessons", but it was too touristy for me, did get the little horseshoe knife out of it though.
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    Yes Omega I did. You are welcome anytime you want to visit. I like 'hawks and skinning knives. I want to make a camp/bowie for myself as I have some old rasp laying around. Plus I have intentions of making some kitchen knives, so I can throw away those cheap walmart serrated blades the wife bought. Hate those things.

    PS. I live in Clarksville too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Yes Omega I did. You are welcome anytime you want to visit. I like 'hawks and skinning knives. I want to make a camp/bowie for myself as I have some old rasp laying around. Plus I have intentions of making some kitchen knives, so I can throw away those cheap walmart serrated blades the wife bought. Hate those things.

    PS. I live in Clarksville too.
    Might take you up on it, I started collecting the things I needed to make a small forge to melt brass and aluminum and maybe a knife or two but nothing like yours. I did get some scrap Damascus steel from Sevierville (Smokey Mountain Knife Works) to make a small skinner, ala Schrade Sharp Finger, but that will be mostly removing steel not forging.
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    If you can come up with a propane bottle, I have most everything else. Circular saw blades make a decent skinner. Older ones, not the new/old stuff with carbide tips. And with these it is mostly stock removal vs forging. Can heat treat in an oven, (use your powder coat oven) but will still need to be annealed at the start (forge). Or as they say in the blacksmith world "normalized".

    Building a forge is stressful. Here I am with coffee and computer in hand. Waiting on the forge to cool so I can fire it again. And finish the curing process. Kinda as bad as waiting on glue to dry.
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    My forge is a piece of 1-1/4 emt conduit ( being an electrician I have this laying around ) made into an L shape. The horizontal piece has a 1-1/4 hole cut into it with a hole saw. The vertical piece was cut in two with a hole saw. The vertical piece placed over the hole in the horizontal piece and held with self tapping screws on each side. Vertical piece goes up into an old wash tub semi full of clay mud. A dollar general hair dryer duct taped to the horizontal piece provides the air. Coal I can buy locally, online or some tractor supply stores. They sell anthracite coal which is harder to light than smithing coal ( bituminous) but burns very hot once going. No problem getting to welding heat with this stuff.
    A deck off an old push mower would make a good tub I believe. I have a $55 harbor freight anvil. Yeah it ain't much but it works for me.

    When it looks like Sanford and son around your house and you can think outside the box it doesn't cost much to get into blacksmithing. You will learn that most of them guys on you tube ain't beginners.
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    Well said Wolfer. My coal I get from eastern Kentucky. Best there is! Family are coal miners.
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    I wanted a Hudson Bay ax something awful this spring. I had a big chunk of spring steel from the scrap yard so I just built one. It's handy and just the right size and weight for me. Got the heat treat just right so that a file just barely bites. Working in the fire gets addictive, be careful, and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    If you can come up with a propane bottle, I have most everything else. Circular saw blades make a decent skinner. Older ones, not the new/old stuff with carbide tips. And with these it is mostly stock removal vs forging. Can heat treat in an oven, (use your powder coat oven) but will still need to be annealed at the start (forge). Or as they say in the blacksmith world "normalized".

    Building a forge is stressful. Here I am with coffee and computer in hand. Waiting on the forge to cool so I can fire it again. And finish the curing process. Kinda as bad as waiting on glue to dry.
    I need to fire up my turkey fryer to empty out a bottle Did you use matting inside or fire brick?
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    I wanted a Hudson Bay ax something awful this spring. I had a big chunk of spring steel from the scrap yard so I just built one. It's handy and just the right size and weight for me. Got the heat treat just right so that a file just barely bites. Working in the fire gets addictive, be careful, and have fun!
    That is my favorite style of axe. I have a Norlund hatchet in that style that I love. My main axe is a 2-1/2 lb Boy Scout axe.
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