MrNeal
My name is Neal Dunn, I am from Currie, NC, a 62 year old semi-retired industrial mechanic. I have always wanted to learn about bladesmithing and then start making some nifty knives! I am in the process of getting my shop set up. I am REALLY excited about this new endeavor! I have not touched the 1st piece of steel yet but I have been getting a good education on this great craft for the past 6months from reading, watching youtube and studying the Forged in Fire episodes. I am now ready to make the plunge!!!
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jmccustomknives
Welcome.  Forged in Fire has certainly had a huge influence on the craft, however don't use it as a teaching tool.  It is highly edited and doesn't really give much in the details of the art.  When I teach a young (or young at heart) blade smith the first thing I want them to learn is how to grind a blade (stock removal) and how to heat treat.  These are the fundamentals of the craft.  Once those are established then forging can be learned since he now understands where he needs to go.  The side benefit to learning this way is you don't need that elusive anvil at first, just the grinder (which you need anyway) and a heat source (for heat treating).  There's other things you'll need.  Share your progress and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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

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anvil
Welcome to the wonderful world of blacksmithing.

My suggestion is to check out this group of guys. They can give you some hands on experiences and are most likely just a bunch of good guys. This is the North Carolina Blacksmith Association

https://www.ibiblio.org/nc-abana/
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MrNeal
Thanks a bunch for the help guys!!!
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Marc
Welcome Neal. Best of luck in learning a new trade.
Just like you can not learn to build watching "renovation" shows, the same applies to the infamous Forged in fire. Find a blacksmith association near you and get started in good company. 
One suggestion from a non-blade-smith ... don't limit yourself to knifes. There is much more than blades to be made. 
All the best. 
Marc
Much that passes as idealism, is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. Bertrand Russell
 
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