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  1. Alright lads, I've been doing all the research my little brain can handle, and I figured asking here would be a good idea. So, I've been trying to understand what I can about safety regarding working with very toasty chunks of metal, and something that's popped up here and there is the issue of IR radiation and pale skinned people. It seems that it would be prudent to shield ones face from the heat/radiation of a warm forge, but I'm not sure what would offer sufficient protection short of a full welding mask. I'm not looking to cook my face and if any of you know any good solutions to protect
  2. I'm gonna put this up there due to how easy it is to pick up a small oxygen acetylene kit these days. Just go to the local harbor fright pick up a set and your ready to go. Most of the time, the modern guy is going to use this just for a quick cut, acetylene welding is just getting to be a thing of the past. But if your like me, and you enjoy to make a fine weld, you might turn to this option. Also, I've come to find out that my vision is a little better than average which might also contribute to being more susceptible to light damage than most, so this might not apply to everyone. Be
  3. I think we can all relate to the belief that our eyes are one of our most used tools in the shop, and respecting our tools is necessary for making good knives, swords, or whatever craft you do. And I assume we all have the same rule in the shop: Eye Protection Required. And I also assume we all have broken our own rule at least once. Well, I am writing this because I did just that, broke my own rule, and it almost cost me the sight in my right eye today. My partner was working on his first full knife basically on his own, with me just hovering around giving advice and watching closely;
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