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  • Birthday 10/02/1978

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  1. Gosh, I'm enjoying watching this. I'm really new to blade smithing etc, may I ask about the chisels you use?
  2. Gosh, when you start researching forges it can get very confusing with all the variables! Ive been looking at the forge used on arctic fire, which looks like it has two burners. Do you think if i built a forge out of a gas bottle with two of these http://www.castreekilns.co.uk/bur6---burner-kit-4500-btu-194-p.asp it would work ok? Thanks for your help.
  3. Hi David. I'm sorry if I missed that someone has given you this link before, but I thought this might help? http://www.britishblades.com/forums/showthread.php?99898-Vertical-heat-treat-oven it looks quite easy to build and inexpensive. A few months ago I cost it up and if I remember rightly it came under £200 Hope thus helps, James
  4. Hello all. I've just been looking on ebay and have found this, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Propane-Forge-burner-Blacksmith-Bladesmith-Gas-burner-metal-art-/321240795147?pt=UK_BOI_Metalworking_Milling_Welding_Metalworking_Supplies_ET&hash=item4acb71880b I was wondering if you thought this might be suitable? Also I might be able to get my hands on a 19kg of even 45kg empty propane tank for the forge. For the the size of the forge would it be better to have two burners? Is there an advantage/disadvantage of having a long gas forge, for knives, swords etc? Thanks again. James
  5. Thank you both. I would be very grateful if you could guide me to what I need exactly as I'm very new to all this. My back ground is primitive technology's, flint knapping, tanning, bow making etc . I'm very excited by a new challenge in blade smithing! Thanks again. James
  6. Hello all. I'm in the middle of researching gas forges and I'm hoping to build one from an old gas bottle. I was wondering where I could buy a propane burner from in the UK? Thanks in advance for your help. James
  7. Thanks everyone for your help! I'll give this one a miss and keep an eye out for a better one.
  8. Would you recommend a mig welder over a arc welder Matt?
  9. Thanks George I think it's only 160 amps http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/160-amp-turbo-fan-cooled-arc-welder-39-99-instore-only-aldi-1346707
  10. Thanks so much alan! Ok, I'll look into building my own. If got lots to learn!
  11. Thanks Stephen. This is the information that I've got https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thursday-24th-october/product-detail/ps/p/arc-welder/ Do you think it will do the job?
  12. Hello all. Sorry for my lack of knowledge, I'm doing lots of research and getting my kit together to start forging etc. I've just seen on sale an arc welder for £40! Would this be useful for welding the steel together on the ends before pattern welding?
  13. Thank you both for your replies. I guess this forge would be ok to get me started? It would be interesting to see how much she wanted for it. I've had my eye on this forge, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-3-Bnr-LP-gas-Forge-Knife-Maker-Sword-Forge-24-long-/120990993072?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2ba00ab0 maybe if she's asking for a high price I should just invest in this one instead.
  14. Hello all. I'm very new to blade smithing etc and was wondering if I could have your advice. My Dad just called to say that his friend has a chip forge that she wants to get rid of. It's a Alcosa gfo31. I've had a look for it on the internet but can not find that model. Are chip forges any good for knife/ sword making? Also I was wondering are you able to pattern weld in them? I'd appreciate any information at all on chip forges as I know next to nothing. Thanks in advance for your help. James
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