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Old June 29th, 2015, 08:24 PM   #16
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You will have to decide to forge or grind. Forging takes a little more time, tools and skills (it ain't rocket science cause I do it). If you go the forge route don't buy anything less than a 250 pound anvil. One of the 1st mistakes most blacksmiths/knife makers commit is getting too small an anvil. Gas forges are great, but I love my coal forge. I guessing need to apologize for that evil State of Mississippi flag in the background with its oppressive Confederate battle flag.
Got any tips for finding an affordable anvil?

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Old June 30th, 2015, 05:14 AM   #17
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Do a google search for blacksmith associations in Virginia, Virginia blacksmith forum, VA forge council etc... I'm sure VA has an association. They more than likely put out a membership magazine which will have for sale items. In Mississippi we have the Mississippi Market Bulletin which is state wide and comes out once a month, does VA have anything similar? Rural, farm estate sales, etc... For years the rule of thumb was $1.00 a pound, now it is closer to $2.00-2.50, or more. My two everyday work anvils are 514 and 270. One came from a sawmill (it's a saw makers anvil) and the 270 I can't remember where. I did have a 1000 pound one, but sold it on ebay cause it took up so much room in the shop. But it was great for straightening long bars and long sword blades. I'm gonna try to put on a picture of my 1907 Little Giant power hammer, the older I get the more I love it!
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I built my own forge, it uses a fan from a Air Hockey table but I am trying to find a hand crank fan for it, I have a couple of cheap ASO's [anvil shaped objects] one is a 55lb harbor freight cast POS, the other is a 100lb Russian cast steel anvil, it has a pretty good ring for a casting. I have a nice Pexto stake anvil in a stand I made that is good for fine work.
I use lump charcoal because regular coal is hard to find here, I don't have it all set up yet but I drag it out and heat some metal every now and then.

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Old July 4th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #19
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Got any tips for finding an affordable anvil?
A childhood friends dad used a 1 foot section of railroad track as an impromptu anvil for his metal working needs.

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Old December 6th, 2015, 10:14 AM   #20
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First, let me know if you want to forge or grind. Grinding is a lot easier and faster. Then I'll tell you in detail what all you'll need and where to get everything.

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I have not made any of my own yet, but I bought "the $50 knife shop" (or something like that) book from Amazon. Its written for the beginner who wants to make knives without a large upfront investment.

I have some of elk antler pieces if anyone needs some for handles shoot me a pm.

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