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Here is attempt #2. I made these a week or so ago while woking on finishing up a blade and forging out fittings. I made these for @Conner Michaux and I'm going to get them riveted up and squared away and they will be boxed up and shipped off to him. This was all done with the power hammer. The only hand hammering was splitting the bit and straightening. 

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So while I was in the hospital I had wifi and PayPal and somehow went on a spending spree. :lol: I have something like 6 or 7 pairs of tongs. I have been playing around with making them but I am downright sick and tired of 1500°f steel flying up at my face so I just spent around $120 usd for 2 tong bundles from Ken's custom iron. They are really nice people and I actually somehow must have pushed the buy button on Ebay twice in a row or something (I blame the heavy pain meds the hospital was giving me) and within a couple hours samantha from Ken's iron was calling to see if I actually wanted 2 of the same sets (what a way for the wife to find out im spending money) and I didn't so I had the money refunded back on my card within 2 days. But anyway I was happy enough with there service I decided to buy a second bundle but the smaller ones.  I could have saved on shipping if I would have ordered both sets at the same time and they could have shipped together.

They have 2 basic bundles.

The quick tongs which are larger and  has 4 sets. Flat bit, bolt, scrolling, and slotted tongs.

And then there is the rapid tongs that are smaller and have 5 sets. Flat bit, v bit, bolt, slotted, and scrolling tongs.

Both sets have instructions and rivets. There is YouTube videos from Ken's custom iron and black bear forge plus a handful of others. Ken's iron also sells rivet headers to make perfect rivets but I think I'm going to make my own. Once I'm able to I will assemble these i will post WIP photos as I go.Resized_20180921_130027.jpegResized_20180921_134258.jpegResized_20180921_134317.jpeg

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Show us already you had two hours!

 

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That was a bad joke by the way. Most certain they will be pretty sweet. My first attempt in making my own.. well, went a bit rough. But, I Am still using them!

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My first pair looked like crap but they held hot steel tite. My second were better and my third were slightly better than my second but they are getting better. As soon as my back is healed up these are getting put together.:D

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Got these off of Ebay for $35 a pair from fiery furnace forge. They are made of 5160 and are light and springy. I have a pair of punch tongs on there way.Resized_20181029_141543.jpegResized_20181029_141554.jpegResized_20181029_141614.jpegResized_20181029_141626.jpeg

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On 9/22/2018 at 4:50 AM, Jeremy Blohm said:

I actually somehow must have pushed the buy button on Ebay twice in a row or something

Opps...

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I forgot to mention the hand written note from Dave and Sarah from fiery furnace forge. There was a bit of a wait for the tongs but it was even posted on ebay that he was at SOFA and then the following weekend he had a wedding but he still felt the need to write a note. 20181029_204512.jpg

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5 hours ago, Geoff Keyes said:

Be careful quenching 5160 tongs, they don't like it and the ends can break off.  IMHO, mild is better, though I have seen Ti tongs that I really wanted.

 

Geoff

I try to keep my tongs as cool as possible after being bit a few times by "warm" tongs or what I thought were warm tongs. The one that really got me was when I went to hold them under my arm when trying to do something. BIG mistake!!!

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I have been busy and sick but I finally picked these up. In another topic @Jerrod Miller mentioned these as being used for setting a rivet....I believe he is correct and that's what they will be used for.  Here is some closer pictures.Resized_20181121_105933.jpegResized_20181121_105924.jpegResized_20181121_095232.jpeg

there is a depression in the lower jaw that the rivet head sets nicely in and holds the 2 pieces tightly together to set a rivet.Resized_20181121_105651.jpegResized_20181121_105538.jpeg

here is the farrier style flat jaw tongs I won also.Resized_20181121_105905.jpegResized_20181121_105855.jpegResized_20181121_105849.jpeg

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:D  You'll be able to grip anything you need with all those tong blanks! You can never have too many.  And don't forget - if you don't have a set of tongs to hold the work, you can always weld on short holding stick to the work that does fit your tongs.  Because I do not have a big tong library yet I've found myself doing that a lot. Or simply forging a spot where my tongs will hold. 

 

spring steel tongs - they are really overkill you'll find that 3/8 tongs will hold up for a very long time and can be readjusted with very little work to suit your needs. 

The only spring steel tongs you may consider - are for very little scrolling tongs - but even that is not necessary.  Used correctly even mild steel scrollers are fine. 

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Here is a whole load of tongs that I've made over the last 2 to 3 weeks some box jaw tongs.Resized_20201001_155613.jpegResized_20201001_155634.jpegResized_20201001_155624.jpegResized_20201001_155604.jpeg

 

axe making tongs. Resized_20201001_155645.jpeg

power hammer/pickup tongs. Resized_20201001_155504.jpegResized_20201001_155522.jpegResized_20201001_155530.jpeg

 

Some V bit's 

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a set of tongs to hold axe and hammer drifts. Resized_20201001_155703.jpegResized_20201001_155730.jpeg

 

the whole collection.Resized_20201001_155942.jpeg

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