I surfed to this site last night and saw this sub forum. I have wanted to start making knives, etc for a few years now but never had the "push" to do it but after seeing the threads and tutorials I decided to go for it. My great great grandfather was the last blacksmith in West Kentucky and I still remember playing around his forge in his later years. Twoard the end he still put handles on hoes, axes, etc. I hope to follow in his steps. Can you fellas give me a small starting list of what I need to start? Equipment, books, and DIY forge instructions?? Thanks!! BTW: I wish I was close enough to one of you guys to apprentice but it looks like it ain't gonna be. Gonna learn on my own I guess.