C-Spec25
Just wanted to say hello and say that I look forward to learning from the forum and seeing everyone's projects. I'm currently just starting my journey in the craft and have begun collecting the tools and building the supplies I need for my first forge. If anyone has any pointers or any recommendations for a beginner to the craft I'm all ears. 
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jmccustomknives
Howdy from 'bama.  As with most things what you are wanting to do will dictate the tools you need.  What discipline (blacksmith, blade smith, farrier....) are you wanting to work in?

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

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C-Spec25
Currently the disciplines I'm looking at is blacksmith and blade smith. Though currently I'm leading mostly towards the blacksmith discipline.
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jmccustomknives
C-Spec25 wrote:
Currently the disciplines I'm looking at is blacksmith and blade smith. Though currently I'm leading mostly towards the blacksmith discipline.


The tools needed in those disciplines are a little different.  With bladsmithing you can get by with a forge, hammer and rudimentary anvil.  But you need other tools.  For a homogenous steel blade I might spend an hour on the forge but the next 12 grinding and polishing.

With blacksmithing one needs more tools to hot work the steel.  A better anvil (or two), Hardie tools, tongs to fit various sizes.  

Keep in mind, you don't have to get those all at one time.  For many the smithing experience includes making many of their own tools.

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

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