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OK, I've bought this book and I have some questions. How do you make a good cheap forge? The one from fire brick seems good, but why is the hole all the way thru? Why not 3/4 way thru? Then less heat would get out right? I really want to make a knife like his from the series the book is named after. Small skinner, made from a car's coil spring in a one brick furnace, stick tang, round branch for handle. Darn I may be hooked! (And I was just starting to get decent at stock removal). The closest thing I've come to forging is casting lead bullets though! If I can find a vise, can you buy hardie tools somewhere online? Do you need hardie tools to make knives? Ironglow and VTDW are you listening?
 
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Mommicked;

Let me first apologize for nt answering you earlier..
The reason the hole is all the way through a gas forge is to allow longer items to be worked upon...
For instance,you have a 48" piece of 1/2" square stock and you want to put a twist in the middle 7"...you need the hole to allow the stock to be centered.

If your main reason to forge is for knives, a forge like that is relatively simple to build. I will look up a pattern and put it on this post, keep watch...
 

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& instead of propane you can power it with mapp gas it burns hotter/quicker to heat, propane is alot more forgiving on some items though, mike243
 

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Sounds good, I may have to give some of this a try after hunting season. That site is neat! Thanks guys!
 

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Mommicked;

Sorry I didn't get to your post earlier..

Yes, the opening is for longer stock, as the guest pointed out..

The very best way to get into smithing is to get involved with your local chapter of ABANA ( Artists and Blacksmiths of North America). Once in the club, you will have chances to learn hands on and free, from your local bladesmiths that are in the club.

Monthly meetings are held at the forges.

Here is a site where you can find your local chapter www.abana-chapter.com ABANA home www.abana.org

Building a forge http://64.176.180.203/washtubforge.htm


or forging a blade http://imageevent.com/paleoaleo/forgingaknifeblade

more info http://64.176.180.203/tutorials.htm

Hope this helps...a great site for blacksmithing is www.anvilfire.com/



.....Ironglow
 
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