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I have just recently started making my own Damascus, and due to some back problems, I'm struggling to forge by hand.
I'm considering either building or buying a power hammer, but I'm not sure what the neighbours will say about the noise. My other option is buying a hydraulic press to make my Damascus.
My concern is that a press will limit what I can do, as far as pattern development is concerned.
Does any of you have experience with both power hammers and presses, and are able to give me some educated advice.