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Alex Jemetz

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  1. Thank you for your replies. Made a little wood frame and using 20 gauge steel wire...
  2. Hi Nazar, I am new to blacksmithing and also Ukrainian. I live in Toronto and if you were here I would pay for your lessons on forging. I have a small workshop and I'm currently making knives and daggers but I hope to soon start making Ukrainian kozak sabers. Let me know if you'd like to get in touch. I have some Ukrainian friends in the community in Chicago, maybe there is some way they can help you. Send me a private message and I can give you me cell phone number.
  3. Hi fellow bladesmiths, I am going to try my first wire-wrapped handle on a medieval style dagger. Could anyone offer advice on what gauge wire to use please? Appreciate your help, Alex
  4. Alveprins, incredible craftsmanship! How many years have you been forging knives? Would love to hear more about this knife and see more photos of the process. Best regards, Alex
  5. Really attractive swords Bjorn, I like the details in the guard. I too am leaning towards making swords but am building up my skills on knives first... Good luck, Alex
  6. Hi fellow travelers, I decided to build a home-made forge last fall and burner made from parts bought at Home Depot. The forge was built from fire brick and works well enough for me to have made three blades: a railroad spike dagger, a mild steel medieval dagger and just completed a 5160 spring steel kitchen knife. This foray into a possible hobby has led me to build a shed to house the forge-workshop which previously was in my pool cabana...
  7. Learning about forging as I go... maybe it's the pandemic but I have had an urge to do something creative with my hands (insert jokes here) so I built a forge burner from a YouTube video (SUPER SIMPLE PROPANE FORGE BURNER! - ELEMENTALMAKER) and parts from Home Depot. Before I did any investigating I built the forge body from fire bricks ($2 a piece) and slotted angle iron... After investigating other forge designs I found that I would have better performance if the mouth of the burner was inserted flush with the brick so I bought a ceramic fire brick (softer material) to carve out the hole for the burner as this was impossible for me to do with traditional firebrick because it is so hard and would crack... Then I found a local tool seller that has a selection of anvils. I am starting a forge on a budget to see if this is a hobby I would enjoy and am willing to invest in so I bought a broken anvil for $475 (sweet 225 pounder). My son helped me move a nearby cut down tree stump that I levelled, I borrowed a hammer and vise from my dad and bought a blacksmith hammer from the anvil guy Ted. I remembered I found a railroad spike two summers ago at my sons camp and picked it up thinking it's a cool souvenir... It turned out to be my first forging project.
  8. Learning about forging as I go...  maybe it's the pandemic but I have had an urge to do something creative with my hands (insert jokes here) so I built a forge burner from a Youtube video (SUPER SIMPLE PROPANE FORGE BURNER! - ELEMENTALMAKER) and parts from Home Depot.  Before I did any investigating I built the forge body from fire bricks ($2 a piece) and slotted angle iron...  After investigating other forge designs I found that I would have better performance if the mouth of the burner was inserted flush with the brick so I bought a ceramic fire brick to carve out the hole for the burner as this was impossible for me to do with traditional firebrick because it is so hard and would crack...  Then I found a local tool seller that has a selection of anvils.  I am starting a forge on a budget to see if this is a hobby I would enjoy and am willing to invest in so I bought a broken anvil for $475 (sweet 225 pounder).  My son helped me move a nearby cut down tree stump that I levelled, I borrowed a hammer and vise from my dad and bought a blacksmith hammer from the anvil guy Ted.

    I remembered I found a railroad spike two summers ago at my sons camp and picked it up thinking it's a cool souvenir...  It turned out to be my first forging project.  

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