1. New Anvil Preparations

    We get many questions on preparing a new anvil for its first use?

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  2. Abana 2020

    Did you know that plans are well under way for the ABANA national conference in 2020?   We have already begun preparing, have you?   An amazing staff has been hard at work for an fun week of forging.

    The list of demonstrators is beyond belief.  The list of activities are never-ending and the food options look tasty.

    Check out the links below.  This is something you don't want to miss!

    Hope to see you there

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  3. Will this Spring Swage work on an anvil???

    A question we often get about spring swages is "Will this work on an anvil?"

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  4. To flux or not to flux ...That is the question!

    Use flux or not? The real question is do you understand what flux is for?

    Flux is used to reduce the temperature at which the surface elements (scale, impurities, etc.) become fluid on the surface of the metal. It protects the surface from erosion due to air or gas blasting against the metal. Therefore if you do not use flux you must raise the temperature enough to make the elements on the surface fluid.

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  5. Strike While the Iron is Hot

    Many of us have heard the phase "Strike while the iron is hot," but what about "Strike Where the Iron is hot?"

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  6. Anvil Hardness

    The question we often get is how hard is the anvil. This is not a simple question.

    Hardness depends on several thngs, including:

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  7. Mass or Velocity? Large or Smaller Forging Hammer?

    The argument for forging with a small hammer vs. a larger hammer is much like the argument of which truck is better, Ford or Chevy. If you've been forging for a while you probably have an opinion on this. Hopefully, if you have been forging for a while you also have tested your opinions as well. Have you forged with a larger hammer enough to know it is not right for you?

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  8. Why wet your Coal?

    In the USA bituminous coal is divided into high-volatile, medium volatile, and low volatile groups. Metallurgical grade Blacksmithing Coal would fall into the low-volatile group. The higher the volatile rating the more the coal fire will propagate or spread. Lower volatile coal SHOULD coke without moisture being added. Herein lies the rub.. Adding water does several things that work against us.

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  9. Punch, Drift or Mandrel????

    Punch, Drift or Mandrel

    For Hawks and other stuff

    For some reason there seems to be some confusion on these terms, especially when it comes to tomahawks. SO… let’s take a look at some definitions first.

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  10. Hammer Handles: A living thing.... Part Two

    Did you know it was common for traditional struck tools, which sometime get lumped into the hammer category, to have a STRAIGHT EYE. If these were handled at all it was often with a branch or wagon spoke lying around.

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