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Nothing against the maker....but for $200+, making your own forge seems a much better option.

 

For general blacksmithing that forge may work well...but for knifemaking I can see a few drawbacks...mostly in the chamber design. With my little paint can forge I found that having the flame shooting directly onto the work caused a substantial amount of scale as compared to having it enter at a tangent angle and swirl around the (round) chamber. Additionally, that kind of burner placement won't heat evenly...and we all know for bladesmithing an even heat is often critical.

 

So I guess it comes down to you. The forge will heat stock and allow you to shape metal, but it may not be optimum for your intended usage.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Cris

Slow is smooth, smooth is steady, steady is fast, fast is deadly... Erik R.

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the hardest part about making your own forge is not making a second or a third i have one almost done and im already thinking i might like a different design better im using one right now that i built that resembles dons forge but a hair smaller and i have a whisper baby on the floor next to it that was my starter forge

 

ok the real hardest part is getting refractory i used to have a place in town they closed but i found a place one hour away that kind of wanted to talk to me (and one that decidedly didn't it was like talking to that one cute girl in high school that would have rather stepped on your face but you had a crush on any way)and i got 2 box of brick and a bag of high temp to finish a forge and repair a kiln and ill be going back for another project some day :rolleyes:

Brandon Sawisch bladesmith

 

eagles may soar but weasels don't get sucked in to jet engines

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Nothing against the maker....but for $200+, making your own forge seems a much better option.

 

For general blacksmithing that forge may work well...but for knifemaking I can see a few drawbacks...mostly in the chamber design. With my little paint can forge I found that having the flame shooting directly onto the work caused a substantial amount of scale as compared to having it enter at a tangent angle and swirl around the (round) chamber. Additionally, that kind of burner placement won't heat evenly...and we all know for bladesmithing an even heat is often critical.

 

So I guess it comes down to you. The forge will heat stock and allow you to shape metal, but it may not be optimum for your intended usage.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Cris

 

how big of knife can you make with that paint can forge.

 

‎"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” - C.S. Lewis

 

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I have used forges like those in the links and I found at best they last about a year, tops as knife makers tend to use hotter fires. for longer periods of time. Mine always seemed to deteriorate and I woul dhave to buy a new forge. I will post images of the forge I got from Three Sisters Forge, it cost me $400+ but it is well worth it and the forge is super great. Like I said I will post pictures soon.

John W Smith
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Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky. But Crom is your god, Crom and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the Earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered. And the Earth shook. Fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just men. Not gods. Not giants. Just men. The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one - no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts.

[Points to sword]

This you can trust

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I have used forges like those in the links and I found at best they last about a year, tops as knife makers tend to use hotter fires. for longer periods of time. Mine always seemed to deteriorate and I woul dhave to buy a new forge. I will post images of the forge I got from Three Sisters Forge, it cost me $400+ but it is well worth it and the forge is super great. Like I said I will post pictures soon.

 

ok cool, thank yousmile.gif

 

‎"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” - C.S. Lewis

 

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I just got a chili forge and I LOVE IT! Reaches welding heats no problem. If you want to buy the forge in the link and want it last a while just use some Satanite or Mizou to line the inside with, it'll make it last longer and up the insulation. I used a whisper daddy for about eight years and only relined it once(cause I didn't and the mizou right off the bat).

Kevin

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I just got a chili forge and I LOVE IT! Reaches welding heats no problem. If you want to buy the forge in the link and want it last a while just use some Satanite or Mizou to line the inside with, it'll make it last longer and up the insulation. I used a whisper daddy for about eight years and only relined it once(cause I didn't and the mizou right off the bat).

Kevin

 

Thanks

 

‎"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” - C.S. Lewis

 

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I bought that same forge about 18 months ago. As is, it really does not get that hot. I used some satinite and itc 100 and that helped. I also blocked off the back hole and covered some of the front hole with firebrick, that helped alot more. I thought forging was really tough and time consuming until I purchased a forge with a blown burner and realized I was not getting the steel hot enough or that it took a long time to get hot enough with this setup. I am actually thinking about relining this with a round chamber and canting the burners to produce a more tangent entry into the forge to increase heat and reduce warm up time. Bottom line as it sits it is lacking but if that is your budget, and you dont want to build, it can me made to work for general forging but is not really for welding.

www.jmjonesknives.com

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