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    Ok, I needed to switch to hand filling for the remainder of the beveling process(lucky I forged them in). I also forged a guard from a wrought iron rail road spike, the long front tine will be bent down to protect the index and middle fingers from whatever the user chooses to cut. The red line is the current center of balance without a handle, should I flute the guard to try and move it more the point?
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    That's a tough one... they don't make the parts anymore, of course. While it is possible to weld cast iron it is not easy or cheap. He can always make a forge out of almost anything fireproof and heat proof, a lot of guys on the forum have done this. The forge itself is not the hard part, it's the air supply. What do you have for that? I like the old hand-crank ones, but they are getting hard to find. A hair dryer with the heating elements removed works, as do bounce house blowers, bellows if he wants to make a set, or just about any other small electric doohicky that blows air. If he is serious about being a farrier they all use propane forges these days. I like the old stuff too, and started out just like your son, except I was 28 before I actually lit a forge (18 years ago and I don't remember life before smithing!). Smithing coal is getting harder to find and more expensive by the day. The best thing he could do for himself is to find a local-ish blacksmithing guild and go to meetings. We are almost everywhere, but tendto be under the radar. Where are you guys located, maybe someone here can help you find someone local to show him the ropes? Oh, and welcome!
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    I would need to see how damaged it is. I had a "riveter's forge" once that cracked and it is not worth to fix those. If it is an actual fire pot that can be removed from the forge itself, then it might be fixable. If it doesn't work out, there are plenty of easy forges to make for cheap. A washbasin forge seems like a good option. Though I haven't tried it out, it looks like a solid design. All you need is a tube, a long washbasin, a couple fittings, a blower, and a 1:1:1 mixture of clay, ash, and straw. At least that what the tutorial says.
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    O! That's nice blade! I do weld steel + wrought sometimes, and this is truth: sometimes it snaps, and sometimest it's ok. Depends on wrought. (ho it looks like you can see here http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=33579 ) And about the fire inlay. It is axactley how the "Ulvberht" inscriptions were made. You carve the groove, put some wire into it, and forge weld.
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    Use a graver to make a narrow grove then pound in some mild steel wire and finish it with some light forge welding taps, I think, I've never done this but it sounds right to me
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    i see people on blacksmithing trading post groups on facebook selling starter kits for around that price Andrew. I just saw one posted Sunday for 40 bucks for a small RR track anvil 2 pairs of tongs and a hammer or 2. But they sell superrrr fast. Like instantly... lol
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