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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


    Our friends:

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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.

    2 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?

    1 Comment
    2024/05/20
    03:42 UTC

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    First attempt at blacksmithing I decided to make a rinnegon rod

    8 Comments
    2024/05/19
    23:57 UTC

    17

    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.

    5 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

    35 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?

    5 Comments
    2024/05/19
    18:47 UTC

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    Made my First Hammer

    5 Comments
    2024/05/18
    18:28 UTC

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    Any ideas what kind of steel? Any suggestions on what to do with them?

    I have a ton of these laying around my property they're about 6 inch wide and 2 thick. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions of projects to do with them! Thank you.

    14 Comments
    2024/05/17
    22:46 UTC

    59

    My workshop

    A lot of gyus here are showing makeshift coal forges, but I think it is posible to make really cheap gas forge that will suit beginers better than makeshift coal forge. At least gas is more available where I have my workshop (Europe). So I wanted to show you my workshop. I am hobby smith, not profesional, so I understand my setup is not perfect. Any advice is appreciated!

    Forge and burner is home made.

    5 Comments
    2024/05/17
    22:20 UTC

    36

    what can you say about the prepared place for forging

    12 Comments
    2024/05/17
    18:13 UTC

    7

    planning on making a coal forge need advice

    so a few questions

    1. would concrete blocks work for the forge itself or should I spend a bit more and get firebricks?

    2. if i modified one of those plastic weed sprayers would that work as a pump or should i try to find something else?

    5 Comments
    2024/05/17
    14:39 UTC

    2

    Forging with Rebar 🇹🇱

    I am teaching English in Timor Leste, and I am going to open a technical course for my students to learn how to make bricks and do some basic metal working.

    Bricks, clay, I can handle. I do have some (limited) smithing experience. But in Timor access to metal (and especially the tools for smithing) are limited or nonexistant.

    The question is this: how much can I do with a shit ton of rusted rebar, a 6 pound hammer, and an old engine block (my anvil). With just bricks (and no electricity) what types of ovens can I make. Really curious to hear some realistic advise based on my (limited) resources.

    Thanks

    2 Comments
    2024/05/17
    11:50 UTC

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    any of you mad scientists tried using one of these nut buster things to forge smallish stuff?

    4 Comments
    2024/05/17
    10:25 UTC

    84

    Forged hinges

    Nothing too special but I wanted to share

    9 Comments
    2024/05/17
    00:26 UTC

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    Question on steel type I found.

    I got some railroad spikes as well as some of these coils from the same place. Are they the same metal type or are the coils the same type as like leaf springs?

    27 Comments
    2024/05/16
    23:06 UTC

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