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  1. Hi everyone, Just starting out bladesmithing. I've searched the forum for answers to my question but haven't found any answers that take care of what I'm specifically looking for. I'm looking at getting a set up for etching my makers mark int my blades. I've seen loads of DIY build it yourself etchers, but I'd rather just buy a DC power source for it. This is the power supply I'm going to buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DHZ2X2Q/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B08DHZ2X2Q&pd_rd_w=SmtNz&pf_rd_p=085568d9-3b13-4ac1-8ae4-24a26c00cb0c&pd_rd_wg=8Q2g2&
  2. Hey Jesse, Interesting that you posted about that IR thermometer, I read that the IR ones get kinda flaky when the temps get hotter than 1000 F. How long have you used it for and how accurate has it been for you? I would love to use an IR one if it works good, really interested in your feedback on it.
  3. Yeah, I was planning on dressing the anvil anyway, which is one of the reasons why I wasn't too concerned about the ding. I was more put off by the fact that the edge was damaged on a brand new anvil rather than the amount of damage that was done. If the ding would have been bigger where it would have made a difference even after I had dressed the anvil I would have been more upset about it. But again, the biggest issue was the stress cracks and they handled that issue without missing a beat, so I'm still happy to have an anvil from them and look forward to getting one that is up
  4. Really funny you should ask, I purchased one and it was just delivered yesterday. There are a few issues. There was a small ding on the edge near the heel, which isn't too big of an issue. But more importantly there were stress fractures on the face near the horn. And another thing, there are no dishes on the bottom of the anvil as described on the website. There are swages on the side of the foot, but no dishes on the bottom of the foot. I'm not too broken up about the ding or the missing dishes, but the stress fractures were a huge issue. I took these pics and emailed the seller
  5. Thanks Alan, I expected a good quality pyrometer to cost a bit so I'm not turned off by the price of the units you pointed out. I didn't realize that I needed both the probe and the reader. Any advice on how to use one? I've heard everything from punching a hole in your forge and having the probe stick into the middle of the open space of the forge to just laying the probe on the bottom of the forge floor and putting the metal you're wanting to measure on top of the probe in the forge. Thanks again, I really appreciate the info!
  6. Hey everyone, I've only made one knife at a local forge and am getting everything together for my own home forge. I would like to get a Pyrometer to help me better understand the different shade temps at least for the first little bit. I have heard that many people (if not all) get to the point where they don't need one, but I would like to use it to help me along the way in the beginning. Can anyone post some suggestions of which ones to buy, or at least things to look for when buying one? Also, any tips on how to use one would be much appreciated as well. Thanks
  7. I've been scouring through the boards here looking for instruction on building my first forge. I've found loads of information, I think I'm going to build a 2 burner forge with venturi style burners. Taking everything I've learned here and looking on YouTube I've decided to build my burners like this guy does: Even though I've found loads of information here I have a few specific questions regarding the specifications of the pipe that I really haven't found specific answers to: 1. What type of pipe should I use: steel or iron? (I know galvanized is out
  8. Thanks @billyO, I did not know about them before. I'll check them out for sure.
  9. Hey everyone, I'm just getting into bladesmithing and am wondering if anyone here that has any experience lives anywhere within driving range of Salt Lake City Utah ( IE: less than 40 miles away). If you're into bladesmithing and wouldn't mind talking shop I'd love to connect.
  10. This is exactly how I was feeling but I didn't have the words to put it into seeing as I have very little experience myself. It just makes sense to have the majority of the mass under the face for bladesmithing instead of in the horn like you said. The fact that it still has a horn is awesome too because I can see that having a horn would be a good thing for certain situations. As far as not being pretty, beauty is in the eye of the beholder..... I think they're beautiful but to each their own
  11. I think I'm going to get one. From what I've heard anything over 70 lbs is a good size for an anvil, but for some reason I've had my heart set on something north of 100 lbs. I really like how compact it is specifically that the horn isn't huge neither is the heel. In the comments about it they state the 88% of the mass is under the face which just sounds good to me. Plus, at almost right at $4 a pound this is one of the least expensive anvils that I have come across that isn't a cheap looking one.
  12. Putting together a home forge and am on the lookout for an anvil. Was referred to Atlas Knife & Tool. They have a 117 lb anvil for sale for $469.99 which is among the best prices for a new anvil that I've seen so far while researching online. Does anyone know about this anvil or have any actual experience with it? Would love to hear whether it would be good to pick up or not, definitely don't want to waste my money. Thanks in advance! http://www.atlasknife.com/product/graham-anvil-117-lbs-4150-steel-not-cast-iron/
  13. sad news but great to know so I don't waste my time. Thanks so much for the help!
  14. Hi Everybody. Just getting started into bladesmithing and am looking to buy an anvil. Just found a used anvil for sale locally but I don't know what kind it is or if it would be worth getting for bladesmithing. This is the only picture I have of it. I'm going to look at it tonight, but before I go it would be nice if i had an idea as to what brand it is and if it would be worth my time. The guy is asking $450 for it. Any and all help is very much appreciated, thanks in advance!
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