Hi, I'm researching knives making as another hobby, forges are they just coal or can I buy little gas forges, I live on a small island and it would be hard for me to find a location to have a coal…Continue
"A heat treat oven is key it was for me and was a bday present for me as well when I started I tried to use one of those cheap 4x36 grinders with the disk on the side...lets say the knives I did on that were not the best and oh yeh my hands yeh…"
"I totally agree Dave. After the decision was made that forging would become his hobby instead of stock removal a regular forge was built for him using the wool and firebricks. It keeps him happy and interested lol. Dont tell but he…"
"something as small as a soup can yeh you could go with something like you described the bigger that gets the longer it will take to heat up...this is why kao wool or inswool is a better option...but it all depends what your trying to accomplish as…"
"LOL Dave, no stepping on toes here. I usually tell folks to start with a soupcan just so they dont spend money deciding it is not for them. I know too many that went all out, got a forge, anvil, tongs, steel...only to discover they would…"
"Good information Dave. We use the kaowool here at my forge (industrial forging) for various things and it will hold up to heat. I agree with your comments on keeping the fibers contained, that stuff will go everywhere if…"
"I know this is old post and jan don't want to step on your toes but sand and plaster is not the best material for this...I have built a bunch of forges over the past couple years....first you need a metal shell it can be some 1/4 in thick stuff…"
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