Matthew Freyer Posted May 12, 2014 Share Posted May 12, 2014 Hey everyone, I had a question about the superiority of forging with charcoal. I have heard from a lot of different sources that charcoal (and in particular pine charcoal) is the best fuel for forging fine steels like one would use for knife blades and quality tools etc. Is there some science out there to back this up (or is this a "sacred cow")?. It seems that people go to pretty extensive efforts to make kilns,retorts, etc. to make charcoal and I wondered if it is simply for the aesthetic (not in any way to say that it isn't awesomely cool) or if there are real practical benefits to forging with charcoal. I would love to know people's thoughts on this and did not find any other threads that addressed this specifically. Thanks! -Matt Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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