jmccustomknives
This thread will be dedicated to the things people bring us. 

One of the things I tell aspiring smiths is to develop a "magnetic personality".  Part of that comes from getting to know people and they get to know you.  Most people don't like to throw away stuff and if they think you can use it they are more than happy to give it to you.  Sometimes they bring you stuff that is really out of this world.  Always thank them and sometimes you might even make them a "thank you" gift. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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jmccustomknives
I'll start with 2 of my most recent "out of this world" gifts.  The first was brought to me right before Christmas.  A 120lb Eveson anvil which was saved from going to the scrap yard and brought to me.  The second was a Tiger brand blower in excellent shape brought to me last week.  The gentleman knew I smithed and would appreciate it.  He doesn't know how much.  I've been wanting a portable demo set up and this puts me that much closer.
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Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Wow, that's quite the score; comes to show what you can find on your plate when you talk to people. Another smith who I talk to as often as I see him was wondering if "I could use a power hammer" he's eventually going to need to leave for someone else. If anyone has seen my videos, they would know of the dirt kingdom I call my shop, and I have no room for a power hammer. (Woe is me.)

A bladesmith I know has been extremely generous to me. Recently he had to move due to his shop rent going up about $1200 (ouch!), and he was having a moving sale. Got 200 pounds of mixed metals for $10, along with a portable vise that fits into the hardy of my anvil, a flatter, several things of various welding electrodes, four elk antler pieces, two larger hammer heads, and a drift for an additional $40. 
I also swept his shop floor once when I was taking a class through him, and he gave me a post vice for it. It's the least I can do to offer to help him move. [smile] (And he'll be moving closer to where I live, so that's cool.)

A friend of mine was clearing out one of his grandpa's sheds, and gave me a drift and a sledge hammer which have seen some use. Another acquaintance gave me a hunk of stainless that will be good for knife guards or pommels.
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