I’ll be following this thread.  I picked up my forge and “anvil” on Thur.  My neighbor had a steel drop about 4x12x12”, I’m guessing around 125#.   No hardie hole and no horn but it’s something to start with.  Got a crappy 4” vice mounted outside on a flimsy steel table and that’s been used a lot.  So far I’m learning to draw a point and have made some small things like business card holders, hooks and meat flippers.  

I’ve done stock removal for years so I’m hoping that will allow me to finish any knife I forge to be decent.   I can cheat a little with a heat treat oven and 2x72 lol.  

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georgiaboy posted:

 

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4x12x12 is just about as perfect an anvil as you could ask for, and certainly better than what they had back when they made the Mastermyr treasure or Sutton Hoo Hoard.

You don't need a horn, hardy hole or pritchel hole on the anvil, and many an anvil never had them.  The pritchel hole, for example only became commonplace after about 1820.

Every hardy tool works perfectly well when mounted in the vise.

Repetition is what builds skill.  Cut a 20' bar of 1/2" square into 4" segments.  Put a taper on every one of them, focusing doing the best you can.  Don't do anything else.  Don't jump around from one thing to the next thinking that you're learning as you go because you're actually hampering the learning process.

Do the tapers whether you like it or not, and you'll find that your last taper will be measurably better than the first because you've slowly drilled that skill into the mind and muscle.  Then you get to go back through the pile and fix the early ones.

With all that done, now you get to do the other end, maybe making a flat round finial with half-faced blows on the near side of your anvil.  Again, it's about focusing on the shape and getting everything right.  Once you shape all those pieces, you'll again see that your first wasn't nearly good as your last.  Repetition pays off.

What you're left with is the beginning of a coat hook or bottle opener, or trivets, or sundial.....  really open to your design abilities.

The key is to do each step before progressing to the next.  Don't make each hook start-to-finish.  

When reason fails...

Got the door knocker done, finally!  What a friggin' nightmare of a job.  I had to scrap the first two goes at it because they just didn't look decent.  Of course, that put me up against a very hard deadline.  Mr. Murphy loves visiting my little corner of the world!

Not much blacksmithing involved in this aside from the mounting plate.  The rest was cut, ground, filed, drilled, tapped and epoxied until it looked like it would get the job done.

Out of all the pieces from the first attempts, I might have enough to cobble together another jack.  If that works out, it'll make a nice little bauble for the display.  

When reason fails...

VaughnT posted:

Got the door knocker done, finally!  What a friggin' nightmare of a job.  I had to scrap the first two goes at it because they just didn't look decent.  Of course, that put me up against a very hard deadline.  Mr. Murphy loves visiting my little corner of the world!

Not much blacksmithing involved in this aside from the mounting plate.  The rest was cut, ground, filed, drilled, tapped and epoxied until it looked like it would get the job done.

Out of all the pieces from the first attempts, I might have enough to cobble together another jack.  If that works out, it'll make a nice little bauble for the display.  

Nicely done!

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