theengel
So I'm making my first nice knife.  I want to use brass for the bolster, and I'm wondering where one would get this.  I see youtube videos cutting off a piece from a nice brass bar, but where did something like that come from?  Hobby Lobby?  Hardware store?  Or just buy it online?
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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theengel
Now that I think of it, I'll also need some brass bars for the rivets through the handles.  I don't know where to get that, either. 
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
You can get brass for rivets at some hardware stores by buying brazing rod, in the welding section. Or you can go to an actual welding store and get some.

As for brass bar/flat stock, other than buying it new or lucking out and finding it as scrap, I don't know.
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Metalmelt
You can get small brass rod at some hardware stores and hobby stores. Some brazing rods are very hard, might be able to anneal them. Heavy pieces would be a little harder to find, maybe go to a machine shop for cut-offs. If they are a screw machine shop, you'll probably get Aluminum Bronze. It has good color and is slow to tarnish. You can check the metal with a strong magnet, Al Bronze is just slightly magnetic. It has just a small amount of iron in it.
If anyone wants special shapes cast in Manganese Bronze and you are not in a hurry, I'm going to try to do some casting in the next couple weeks. May have to wait because I've got 2 grandkids due soon and will have to go see them. Of course, one is 300 miles that way and the other is 500 miles the other way.
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NorrinRadd
I have bought some metals in small quantity from ebay or amazon. I've heard good things about onlinemetals.com
I lucked up on some 22"+- long brass stair runner rods at an antique store. Got a bundle of about 15lbs for less than 10 bucks. So be on the look out for stuff like that.

You could always scrounge up some old cheap brass trinkets and melt em down. Would be fun anyway. [wink]
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jmccustomknives
I've been getting my brass from online metals.  If I can find silicon bronze I like it since it forges easy.  The brass however is much easier to work. 

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

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I just went to a huge scrap yard and they have huge pieces of brass from ships of various sizes and shapes and uses. Most of it, however, is unusable or completely impractical to try to get pieces from.
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theengel
I guess I'll start with onlinemetals.  Meanwhile, I'll keep my eye out and hopefully find somewhere not online.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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