/r/Blacksmith

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A subreddit dedicated to the ancient art of blacksmithing. Show off your latest creations or get advice on a problem. This subreddit is temporarily private as part of a joint protest to Reddit's recent API changes, which breaks third-party apps and moderation tools, effectively forcing users to use the official Reddit app.

In the mean time, please join the community on Discord at https://discord.gg/dms

A subreddit devoted to all things blacksmith. Feel free to show off your latest creations or get advice on a problem, or anything else related to blacksmithing!

Previous winners of our monthly contest!

January: /u/ArtistCeleste

February: /u/Karn3

March: /u/docroberts

April: /u/forge_lizard

May/June: /u/The_Brass_Dog


Please remember that any information/tips/tricks you get from this subreddit are not the end-all-be-all of blacksmithing. This is a multi-thousand year old trade and much of the information garnered from those times were lost during the industrial revolution. Do your own research to double check if you agree with the opinions stated here before following them.

This Sub now has a Discord Channel. Join it here.

Beginner? Read our FAQ and FAQ Discussion, And be sure to check out below.

WARNING!!! Read this before attempting any kind of forging.


Rules and guidelines for posting:

  • Please be considerate to others when posting/commenting. Blatant troll posts/comments will be removed.

  • Posts of YouTube videos, gifs, or images must include the beginnings of a discussion or a write up in the comments with a minimum of three sentences. Posts without a submission comment from the OP will be removed within 24 hours.

  • Obviously this sub is for blacksmithing related topics, so keep posts related to blacksmithing.

  • Blatant advertising and for sale posts are not allowed.

  • When reporting content, you MUST state WHY you reported it.

  • Any NSFW posts will be reviewed by the mods and may be removed based on our judgement of the value of the content.


Further resources:


  • Iforgeiron


  • Have an englishweight anvil? Try this nifty little tool from anvilfire to find out how much it weighs in lbs.


  • Dictionary from anvilfire for those hard to google terms.


  • ABANAs list of schools in North America

  • Appalachian Blacksmiths Association list of schools in the US


  • Books:

  • Basic Blacksmithing

  • Metallurgy for bladesmiths and others who heat treat and forge steel

  • The Blacksmith's Craft

  • Engineering Handbook (Lots of info about Metallurgy)


  • Projects


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    Beginner, Do I Buy This?

    So I want to get into the craft this summer. Should I bite the bullet and get this on sale? If so, other advice on a setup needed lol. Also how to make a mount and specifics (height, etc). Thanks!

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    2024/05/22
    02:37 UTC

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    Musical Saw Cheat

    To replace the antler saw cheat that had its tip snapped off

    4 Comments
    2024/05/22
    01:44 UTC

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    work in progress Gyuto 210mm 1095 carbon steel

    3 Comments
    2024/05/21
    20:50 UTC

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    Blacksmiths and wenches

    2 Comments
    2024/05/21
    20:18 UTC

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    Copper on steel belt buckle

    Found a Pic of a buckle I made a while back.

    8 Comments
    2024/05/21
    14:01 UTC

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    Question on carburizing or case hardening

    I was wondering if you could case harden thin stainless steel with traditional case hardening

    2 Comments
    2024/05/21
    07:46 UTC

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    New to smithing, forging and treating question

    Hello, i was wondering why a forged knife would still need to be heat treated. I'd imagine after forging and hammering it for hours, it has had its heat.

    Also, doesnt forging 'ruin' metal, because when i hear people talk about heat treating a knife, they're always super careful about reaching a certain temperature for just the right amount of time.

    2 Comments
    2024/05/21
    05:15 UTC

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    Making Throat Slicer from Fallout 4!!

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    2024/05/21
    00:45 UTC

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    How do I heat treat this mild steel in a kiln? Needs to be strong for a motorcycle kickstand.

    19 Comments
    2024/05/20
    23:41 UTC

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    Is borax a safe flux?

    Pretty much the title. I want to start forge welding but don’t have access to commercial flux. Is borax a good substitute/ is it safe(no fumes etc.)?

    16 Comments
    2024/05/20
    20:52 UTC

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    What metals are safe to melt/forge?

    Hi, so im rather new to the blacksmithing scene and before I get into it i want to be safe about it, but I see differing answers on different sites. For example I looked up and apparently if you melt copper it will release toxic fumes, but ive seen multiple different videos of people melting it down for projects. Is it just unsafe to do so without proper ventilation? Another example would be my biggest concern, and that would be zinc. Ive heard multiple stories about zinc poisoning from different sources, and then later i see videos of people melting down zinc ingots and other alloys that contain zinc in them. So ultimately im just confused. Im hoping somebody can shed some light to help me understand. Thank you.

    11 Comments
    2024/05/20
    20:14 UTC

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    Suggestions

    Would it be possible to burn out a axe shape with a plasmacutter and then heat treat and quench? Will the finished product be as good as an axe made frome scratch? I have a fantasy about a hammer and axe utility kombo that can be used in any situation. Thanks in advance

    10 Comments
    2024/05/20
    13:18 UTC

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    How to start, where to buy equipment

    I am very interested in making my own weapons as I have a little collection that I want to grow. Any tips on how to start and where to buy stuff (cheapish) will be greatly appreciated.

    5 Comments
    2024/05/20
    04:59 UTC

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    Tips on mounting an anvil?

    Do I really need to mount it? I’ve got a 60lb anvil and I’m trying to find a place to put it. Do I need to nail it down or should I be fine without? If so, how should I go about doing it?

    3 Comments
    2024/05/20
    03:42 UTC

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    First attempt at blacksmithing I decided to make a rinnegon rod

    11 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:57 UTC

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    Post Vise Projects

    After a month looking, I scored two post vises within a week. Both need springs and one needs a mounting bracket. Figure I’ll sell the smaller one off, after it’s in working condition.

    6 Comments
    2024/05/19
    19:30 UTC

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    How much will a full set of armor and a sword cost?

    I have always really, really wanted a full set of armor and a sword. My dream would be to have multiple of both so I can switch out and have some variety. But I have never managed to get a straight answer on how much an entry level to this would cost, I'm talking about gradually stepping my equipment up, starting with bare minimum, like a chestplate and helmet, then a sword and so on.

    What would a fair price to pay be? I wanna make sure I pay for quality equipment and support a good blacksmith, but I also don't wanna get ripped of. It would also be good to know in terms of how much I should be putting away to save up for all of this.

    Thanks for any responses I hope I got my actual question across

    48 Comments
    2024/05/19
    18:53 UTC

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    Orifice size for ribbon burner?

    I’m building a ribbon burner, 8”x3”, 24 crayons. 2” inlet. Forced air.

    The only thing is, I can’t seem to find consensus on the propane orifice size. I’ve read 1/32” up to 1/8”. Can anyone help me here? What size should I be using?

    7 Comments
    2024/05/19
    18:47 UTC

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