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Old March 12th, 2018, 09:09 PM #41
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Found 4 of these at a "picker" (antique) store in PA (near Shrewsbury)
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Old March 13th, 2018, 02:17 PM #42
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I got into forging knives about 4 years ago. There is a forum called https://www.iforgeiron.com/

There is a lot of great info on there about anvils, forges and other blacksmithing tools.

As far as anvils go there are several types out there. Ones that are offered at stores like harbor freight are cast iron and may work for starting out but will not last long. Also cast iron absorbs a hammer blow which in turn caused you to have to put more work into a piece you are trying to forge. A good compromise is a cast anvil with a hardened face. I have a 210lbs English pattern anvil with a 3/4 inch hardened tool steel face. (The face being the working surface of the anvil). The ultimate find would be a completely forged steel anvil. There are several companyís that make new forged steel anvils but you will pay a premium for them. I think a 150 pound Emerson from centaur forge will run you about 1200. Keep a look out on craigslist, there are deals to be had but unfortunately people are starting to realize the value of anvils and asking a lot for them. I think 3-4 dollars a pond for a useable hay budden or petter wright anvil is reasonable but there are people asking 6-7 a pound and getting that all day long. Flea markets and estate sales are also good sources.

I had a guy who was a 40 plus year blacksmith show me the ropes and trust me there is a lot to learn when it comes to working metal into a usable tool.

I used to use any steel that I could scavenge including leaf springs, files, farrier rasps and anything else I thought may be hardenable. What Iíve learned from that is it can get frustrating trying to work with a unknown steel as far as how it forges and itís hardening process. I started buying known steel like 1095 which has a specific carbon content and heat treat process . Donít get me wrong, beautiful highly functional knives are made out of files and springs everyday but itís a bit of a gamble if you donít get the heat treat right.

I built a propane forge from a oxygen cylinder that works well for what I do. With a well tuned burner and the right lining this type of set up will get plenty hot for forge welding.

I am not a expert but I can get you on your way to getting started. I have plenty of extra material laying around if you are interested in building a forge or need some scrap to beat on let me know. PM me if you have any questions.
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Old March 13th, 2018, 02:21 PM #43
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Start with the stock removal method of making knives. It's easier, they will come out better, and it's cheaper. Plus you don't have to go through setting up a forge and procuring an anvil. If you enjoy knifemaking after making several stock removal knives, then move on to forging them.
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