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Beginner Looking for some Advice/Tips please.

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Andre, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Andre

    Andre Monkey++

    Note: I am very sorry if this is the wrong area to be posting this

    Hello, My name is Andre and I am in-experienced in smithing and forging, but have the willpower and the desire to learn the art. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice for a novice like myself.

    I planed on starting by making small blades and other items such as silverware.

    Also, I plan on building a forge soon with the least amount of money as possible so any advice on that would be much appreciated.

    Thank you,

  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    There is a plethora of information online about smithing:

    Railroad tie knife:
    Youtube: YouTube- Railroad Spike Knife

    Brake drum forge:
    Youtube: YouTube- Part one The Brake Drum Forge

    Greenpete's videos:
    Youtube: YouTube- Greenpete's Knife Making pt1of4

    There are some great videos you can find. I am only familiar with the basics myself, since I never really paid much attention to what my father taught me about forging....but it is never too late to begin to learn something more. ;) We also have a few knifemakers amongst us here, and Valkman makes his own line of exceptional knives. I am certain that you will find some answers here.
  3. Andre

    Andre Monkey++

    Thank you very much. I'm sure these videos will help me out a lot.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Welcome aboard, Andre. Valkman is "da man" on blades around here, and he has posted a lot of materials that will get you pointed in the right direction. As well, there are some interesting threads by various other members on forges, heat treatment, metals and tools of the trade on this forum. Well worth your time to read during snow storms. Questions welcome at any time.
  5. Andre

    Andre Monkey++

    Ok, Thank you for the info.
  6. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    Hey, there was a post in here with pictures of someone making a knife on there own anvil. I forget where it was but someone might recall. It made me want to go get an anvil.
  7. Andre

    Andre Monkey++

    I'm Lucky my Grandfather had an Anvil, Tongs, and lots of coal!

    I'm making a brake drum forge sometime here, I may post some pics.
  8. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

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