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  1. Philderbeast

    What birthday gift for blacksmiths?

    wow i would love to have that... but i would never be able to bring myself to use it for fear of damaging such a nice tool.
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    Adding carbon to steel

    I have been paying around with my new forge recently with some mild steal I picked up from the local bunnings, and I noticed today after forging a piece in to something that resembled a knife that I was getting the carbon sparklers in the sparks when I cut it with the angle grinder that I wasn't getting before. Now I presume this if from some carbon migration from the charcoal I am using in my forge, so my question is, is this the correct assumption? and if so how much carbon can I expect to be getting added to the steel roughly? my first thoughts is that it will only be in the outer layer of the steel that I'm forging so may not be to useful but I would love to get any info I can on this before I start to but some Carbon steels so I don't ruin it through incorrect treatment of it.
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    Buying a gas forge?

    well I guess I'm coming hack with a guilty look on my face as its been fired up and I must say its good fun works a treat with charcoal so I'll keep with that however I do need to get some firebrick for the floor to help look after it, should I just put a single layer covering the whole floor for general use? or should I make some sort of shape to help contain my fire, as I noticed when using it that the fire tended to go everywhere as soon as I took the piece out. time to go find someone who will sell me fire bricks
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    Buying a gas forge?

    hey alan i just managed to get the photos and exact dimensions home overall size is 900H x 800W x 370D, the tray on top is 130H x 500W x 370D
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    Buying a gas forge?

    Thanks so much for all the reply's from everyone, unfortunately the gas forge will have to go on hold for a while as I am being given a charcoal/coke forge for FREE, and that was just to good to turn down. I have a few questions about this forge however I realize they will be hard to answer with out pics of the forge, however hopefully you can help. The forge is blown from the side, and it appears to just be a basic metal box with out refractory, however this is rather large. should i coat the entire thing with some refractory, or would I be better off getting some fire bricks, and filling some of the space to make a sort of fire pot. Also what fuel would you suggest for this type of forge? coke of charcoal? my personal preference is charcoal as I move around with the Australian Navy so it may be hard to secure a supply of coke for it but I'm not sure if this is the best way to go. p.s. For anyone wondering it was offered after I asked on the work classifieds about buying a gas forge
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    Buying a gas forge?

    glad I thought to ask before building then one thing i was thinking about was buying the burner and building the housing for it, as power is at a premium for me in the shed where ill be forging I'm happy to spend a bit to get a good burner for the forge. particular as i should be able to make some saving's compared to buying one by building it my self, as well as learning how to do the lining that i will no doubt need to re do as i have a goal to eventully make a pattern welded viking sword (in 5 - 10 years time, so I'm in no rush for that ) i have looked at a few burners so far, in particular the t rex (since you have mentioned it) and the Diablo Burner that seems to be similar from http://www.chileforge.com/ both are a fair whack from my budget but I'm not particularly comfortable with making this part of the forge so i think it will be worth the price.
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    Buying a gas forge?

    it looks like i might end up making the forge as i cant seem to get a decent one here. I was thinking of going venturi burners as they seem simpler to make, whats the major advantages of using each? and can I change it from one to the other later if I decide to? As for the issues with heat treating I'm looking at building a heat treating forge like the one Dee built in this thread later on when im making some more serious works and the parts should be easy if i look at the same suppliers as she used
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    Buying a gas forge?

    I'm looking at buying a gas forge to get me started, my teacher has an NC Knife makers forge that i have been using for a while with some success so I'm looking at something similar for my own workshop to get me going can anyone recommend where i can get a forge? I have been looking at a few places however getting a forge locally is proving to be expensive to say the least (at this stage it looks like i can import one for half the price!) so I'm looking to get the best bang for my buck with something that i can keep to use for many years to come. thanks.
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    mobile forge

    thanks for the reply's so far. I'm specifically looking for a 15th century forge is possible (English) however anything in the 600 - 1600 range will do (and any area although European is preferred) I'm looking for something that I can use for basic smiting work at events nothing fancy though (i.e. no need to be able to weld etc.)
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    mobile forge

    I'm looking for some resource detailing who/where and when portable forges may have been used historically for a project I have in mind for SCA. while I'm sure these existed I'm having difficulty finding info on how they may have been constructed and what they were used for. any information to help me in my research would be appreciated.
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    beginner setup

    Thanks for the reply, sorry i haven't got back sooner but i have been busy raiding local metal shops scrap bins looking for something i could use, in the end i settled on a piece of plate steel (no idea what type) that's about 30cm square and about 15mm thick. The plan being to use this to try some small stuff while I save up for a real anvil (have found a supplier of cast steel anvils just have to pick what size to get, i have a choice of 10, 30, 50 100, and 200kg anvils to pick from, you can see the larger sizes here) Next up is finalizing the forge it self, I'm still tempted to build the brake drum forge but I'm not sure if if should get that or look at something else (gas possibly?) that might make my first attempts a bit easier to heat. im not afraid to spend money on this but i don't want to be $1000's behind before I have lit my first fire.
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    beginner setup

    hey guys I'm looking for some advice here I want to set up a basic smithy so I can try my hand at blacksmithing, and in particular bladesmithing. The plan at this stage is to build a niche cheap break drum forge, get a cheap ball pean hammer and then find something to put the iron on to hit it. I have been looking for an Anvil but they seem fairly hard to come buy here in Aus, or more expensive then I'm willing to pay for a start up anvil when i may not continue for long (I have a bad habit of taking up hobbies then dropping them) so I'm looking for an alternative to getting a 50kg anvil to use for my first pieces (likely to be tools to help me make more things ) Can anyone point me in the direction of what to look for when i go to the scrap metal yards/auto wreckers in the next few weeks for thing i can use as an improvised anvil? I am going to be trying to get my hands on a piece of railway track as i have hear of that being used but I'm not sure how to use this effectively for an anvil.
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