DPOOLE166
Hello everyone. I just found this forum after looking to see if there were only 5 episodes of "Forged in Fire"? I loved that series. I have wanted to make blades for a long time and have always had a passion for blades and metal working since I was a child and my grandfather gave me my first folding pocket knife. It was white and said "Kentucky Derby" on the side. Boy, did I cut my self a lot as a child. I was good at making excuses how I got cut so my knives would not be taken away... I studied martial arts for years and that made me even more interested in blades.

Currently I do not have a forge or any other blade making gear. I am a hobbyist metal fabricator and love working with metal. I have been studying forges and learning about different types of metal. There is no better place to learn then from guys and gals who have done it for a long time. That is why I am here..

My other hobby's are: metal fabrication, leather work, Knives, firearms, photography, mtn biking, wood working, hiking, winter camping, 4 wheeling, and building up my Jeep Wrangler (lots of metal fab work). Most of all I love to learn anything and everything.
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Anthony San Miguel
Hello and welcome, DPoole166!
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Hank Rearden
There are a lot of beginners and if you're like me; I learn from doing. This is a great place because we like to learn from what you do as well. Sharing ideas that work or don't work is the idea.
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jmccustomknives
Howdy DPool, so the show got you interested in bladesmithing?  Being a metal fabricator you probably already have equipment enough to do a small knife.  I heat treated many a blade with a cutting torch.  And still use the torch for forging smaller parts.  You can even buy some annealed steel and use your side grinder and files to shape the blade if you don't have a belt sander/grinder.  Being in Denver you'll have to build a blower style gas forge as a naturally aspirated one probably wont get close to welding temperatures at that altitude (if you plan on doing Damascus).  There's a couple of WIP's in the knife section, one of them involves making a knife without a forge.

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

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NorrinRadd
Welcome aboard! Plenty of info to get you going around here. Make sure to post lots of pics of your works!
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DPOOLE166
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone. 

jmccustomknives, I wasn't sure how the propane forge would work at altitude. I live at 7500 plus feet in the mountains outside of Denver. I guess the blower type burner is a must then? 

NorrinRadd, I am a photoguro so I will take plenty of photos. It will be later this winter till I am up and running. Getting started in any new hobby is the hardest part but I am looking forward to it.  
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jmccustomknives
I did once read about someone out there that had a venturi forge that reached welding temps.  It takes a good design. 
We do like pics.

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

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Dustin Stephens

Welcome to the forum DPoole, looking forward to see what you come up with.  I wish you all the luck in finding an anvil, apparently they are as rare and expensive as unicorns.

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