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I learned how to make this forge right here, on this forum, 20 years ago. Still use it for carbon damascus & blades. Just switch the same burner over to the drum forge for big pieces & stainless billets. Thanks again, Don.

 

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6 minutes ago, Christopher Price said:

I got my design from Bowie, in a hotel at Larry Harley's one night, not sober. Ballpoint on hotel napkins, as I recall, and it's been chugging ever since. I am forever grateful.

 

Worth keeping for the story alone! B)

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I have all the parts for that vertical, and in the 20 years I've had it I have yet to make the thing....

 

The vertical design is so nice for so many things, I wonder why it never really caught on?

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3 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

I have all the parts for that vertical, and in the 20 years I've had it I have yet to make the thing....

 

The vertical design is so nice for so many things, I wonder why it never really caught on?

 

Dunno. It’s definitely very specialized, as it’s really only good for billets & blades… but it’s really good for that. The burner is the best part though, super efficient, great atmosphere control, cheap and easy to make, and heats my 18” drum easily & evenly.

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What are the advantages of a vertical forge?

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1 hour ago, Gazz said:

What are the advantages of a vertical forge?

For one thing, the flux drips down into the bottom and doesn't puddle up under the blade.

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28 minutes ago, Dave Stephens said:

For one thing, the flux drips down into the bottom and doesn't puddle up under the blade.

 

Yup, I do my messy damascus work with flux in this forge. Sides eventually get eaten, but can be repaired with furnace mortar. The bottom has space for a big ol’ flux clinker. Also, you’re not blasting your blade directly, and the forced air burner allows very fine atmospheric control from oxidizing to neutral & reducing. Finally, for blades, you can work in specific sections and reduce overall scale. I do my heat treating in my drum forge (same burner,) or in the salt tanks. It’s not very good for heat treating over about 7-8”.

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im in the second half of making a larger one to replace the one i have been using for prolly as long as j its still chugging along but the doors too small new one fixes that 

 

saw one in a youtube video this last week and was surprised most every one there has a tube type with dual bricks for the door

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I just finished building my version of this forge, lets hope it will last me 20 years as well.

 

Browsing Don's site made me nostalgic, I remember finding it as a 13 year old and being astounded that there were still people forging knives in this world.^_^

 

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