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Old 04-19-2017, 06:30 AM
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Hammer control is whole separate issue and is subjective to your personal skills, available tools, and again the ugly head that rises......heat control. Lot of factors involved, but something that can be discussed/covered well in less than an hour at the forge. Then it takes concentrated focus in application to train muscles to do what the mind says the eyes see. Just too much to text-out here.


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Hammer control is whole separate issue and is subjective to your personal skills, available tools, and again the ugly head that rises......heat control. Lot of factors involved, but something that can be discussed/covered well in less than an hour at the forge. Then it takes concentrated focus in application to train muscles to do what the mind says the eyes see. Just too much to text-out here.
Well if you have FaceTime and wifi we could set something up. Not as good but better than nothing.
forge has a 15" diameter but some grooves in the side would allow me to cap the hot zone with firebrick and pass through. That would allow me to use less air.


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While it should work better, you might have a harder time watching you color come-up and see any changes. Tough enough with a coal forge to begin with. A section of black iron pipe 3" in dia can be used as a tunnel oven to keep direct oxidizing flame off your blade and stabilize/even-out your heat somewhat. Just insert at an angle and build your fire mound around it. That way you can keep a better watch on changes.

Sorry don't have those venues available and wouldn't know how to use them anyway......gheez I make knives with a hammer....
Just keep checking and asking there are accomplished smiths everywhere and probably one or two very nearby. Most just don't spend time at the end of the drive holding up "I'm a Smith" signs. Takes a little digging and legwork but they are out there.


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QUOTE: some grooves in the side would allow me to cap the hot zone with firebrick and pass through.

Uh huh, or you could just slap together a propane forge, solve all those problems in one shot, and spend your time making knives....


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I agree, not that I have a lot of experience with a coal forge. When I FIRST got interested in this I made a lil coal forge ended up looking similar to yours lets say I only used it twice. Then I learned how to build a proper propane forge and burner. Wich is not har at all and its not costly....you can find info all over the internet about it but as I said ask ray he sells a video very cheap that he made and it teaches you step by step of exactly how to build what you need using very cheap materials, Once I did that I never looked back the propane forge give you so much more control and is better suited for knife making....Especially in the beginning. That is not to say some guys out there don't make beautiful knives in a coal forge but I would bet the learning curve is a whole lot longer than using a propane forge....building a propane forge will not be any harder than building a coal forge in MY oppinin even easier
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