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Hello From A Newb!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Luke187, May 31, 2016.

  1. Luke187

    Luke187 New Member

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    Hi everyone. I am preparing to venture into knife making and I'm here to learn as much as possible. First i am hoping to learn how to build a propane forge. I have done research but still not sure what to go with. I am beginner I dont want to go overboard. For heat i have been thinking of using a Bernzomatic TS8000 torch head however I'm not sure what size of forge i should build around this heat source.

    If anyone can give me any idea on what sort of body to use and thickness of the refractory. it would be a great help.

    Thanks in advance for steering me in the right direction.
    Luke
     
  2. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum! There are a lot of really knowledgeable and talented people on here to help you out. I know from cruising around on here that they have info on forges in the Tool and Equipment section if you are looking for something to read.
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to the forums.

    For your forge, you have it a bit backwards. Think about
    • what you're going to put in it (e.g., length and width of things) and
    • what you're going to use it for (e.g., heat treating, forging blades, forge welding).
    Then decide on what type of forge best serves your needs (size, vertical, horizontal, forced air, etc.). Once you've done all that, then you can worry about selecting the right burner for the forge.

    The Tools & Equipment section here is a good place for ideas and asking questions about forges.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Luke,

    Welcome to the forum.

    That torch is good for a two-brick heat treatment forge. It's okay for smaller blades, but like Myth says, figure out what you want to do and work a plan around that.

    Dan
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, Newbie sure is a popular name in this neck of the woods
     
  6. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Hey Luke, welcome! If you've never made a knife before, I would suggest trying the stock removal method to begin with. No forging necessary. If you enjoy the experience and want to explore further, then build yourself a forge. By then you'll probably also have a better idea of what you want your forge to do for you.

    Jim T
     
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  7. Luke187

    Luke187 New Member

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    Thanks for the everyone! I do plan on trying some stock removal to start. I have already collected some steel.

    Thanks again
     
  8. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Hi Luke, welcome to the forum.
     
  9. Chris Roy

    Chris Roy Active Member

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    Welcome!
     

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