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Anyone dabble in Blacksmithing?

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  1. Haywire Haywood

    Haywire Haywood Fiscal Conservative Social Retard

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    Yea, I've abandoned the coffee can forge. I have a grill with sand and homemade firebrick at the moment using lump charcoal. I tried using my shop vac for a blower but it's way too much for my setup. I'm looking for a yard sale hair dryer.
     
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    All true. But you will get very little carbon in mild steel. Takes a lot to get good steel.
    The Japanese also have open hearth. Not poured steel.
    So their steel gets carbon during the smelting. The surface of the tiny bits of steel have carbon. Lots of surface area for the weight.
    1% Carbon is considered High Carbon.
    You are right. It’s an art.
     
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    crowbuster ArboristSite Guru

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    Haywire. Look up blacksmith knife. Neat and fun to make. Even put ur own twist on it so to speak. I sell enough stuff to buy more steel, cant quit my day job just yet.. haha Go with the lighter hammer, last thing you want is bad form and to develop tennis elbow or something else. Good luck and have fun. Wear those safety glasses. That scale flies everywhere
     
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    Haywire Haywood Fiscal Conservative Social Retard

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    I'm still trying to draw out steel to make nails consistantly. Tried a small scroll yesterday and was only partially successful. I'm a long long way from banging out a knife. I'll post some pics tomorrow.
     
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    Haywire Haywood Fiscal Conservative Social Retard

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    My makeshift forge and the anvil I picked up. It's about 10" too low. I'm looking for a taller and wider piece of oak to mount it on. My nails aren't worth posting. anvil.jpg forge.jpg
     
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    Ted Jenkins Firewood by TJ

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    Hay I have had much better success building a oven as opposed to an open hearth design. You do not have to use mortar if you do not want. A roman arch has worked well for me and has sped up the heating process by least 500%. Things get heated up more even too. Thanks
     
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    Haywire Haywood Fiscal Conservative Social Retard

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    Propane forge you mean?
     
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    Ted Jenkins Firewood by TJ

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    I always use wood almost always use Oak. If you set up a bit of a chimney they do not need much of a blower. Thanks
     

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