Pfeiffer5212
Hello I'm in Phoenixville pennsylvania, and I'm looking to get started with blacksmithing.
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jmccustomknives
Howdy, PA has a strong smithing community.  Good luck, look forward to seeing your work.

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

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Marc
Hi Pfeiffer, welcome to the forum. 
What do you want to make and what tools do you have so far? 
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Adrian Pierce Rogers
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Pfeiffer5212
I would like to make knives and tools mostly, but I plan to make everything I can find a way to.
As for tools, I have a small drill press, a couple hammers, and some other tools that i have out of state right now.
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Marc
Try to find a local blacksmith, possibly not a hobbyist, and have a chat with him. Who knows, he may even have a few tools he wants to sell. 
You will need a forge, a few tongs a few hammers and something to bang on. 
Spread the word and tell everyone you know from the store keeper to the friend at work that you are after blacksmith tools of any kind. There are lots of them rusting away in people's garage, under bench and in back yard gardens.
Don't get caught in the anvil frenzy, at first any anvil will do as long as it is almost all in one piece. Once you find your first anvil the rest will follow. A forklift tine makes a good anvil or a piece of rail providing it is vertical. All those you tube fabricated anvil complete with horn out or a rail track are mostly useless. 
Forge ... gas is easy but limited, coal is more fiddly but you can make bigger stuff like a gate or a bed head. 
You will also need a vice, possibly a post vice or a forged bench vice like an old Peter Wright or similar, whatever you can hammer on. 
Blade smithing seems to be all the rage lately but it is probably not the easiest way to start hammering iron.  i started blacksmithing at age 15 and 50 years later have yet to make a blade of any sort. Too much grinding for my liking. Tools ... I rather buy tools and make something with them ... 
Let us know how you are progressing and who is your nearest blacksmith [smile]
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
Adrian Pierce Rogers
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Scrambler82
Pfeiffer5212 wrote:
Hello I'm in Phoenixville pennsylvania, and I'm looking to get started with blacksmithing.


"Phoenixville",  struck me funny, PA, first thing comes to mind was must be in AZ, second thing was simple BUT... the "ville" is the ending of my full name; there is a question here.

Town names, you have to wonder where they came from, my hometown of Gloucester, MA, the name is from England, and yes it had a strong English influence originally but changed to Italian and Portuguese.

I had a job once... New England Style, it was the end of November, it was cold out, and the company needed someone to go to Miamisburg to solve a short circuiting problem in a Shoulder Fired Missile Detonator.   Miamisburg... Miami Beach, FL... right, hot, NOT, it was OHIO !  How did we get there.  I do know it was because of an Indian Tribe the Miami Indians !

I always wonder why a town is called what it is... so I finally get to my question, "Why is your town called Phoenixville" ?

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Pfeiffer5212
This is from Phoenixville's website, I just moved here so I'm not that familiar with the history of the area.

Originally called Manavon, Phoenixville was settled in 1732 and incorporated as a borough in 1849. In its industrial heyday early in the twentieth century, it was an important manufacturing center and it was the site of great iron and steel mills such as the Phoenix Iron Works, boiler works, silk mill, underwear and hosiery factories, a match factory, and the famous (and now highly collectible) Etruscan majolica pottery.  While these mills have all since closed,  the town has changed over the decades but, has retained its heart of steel.  The Borough is now home to numerous events like the Dogwood Festival, First Fridays, Blobfest, Food Festivals, and the Farmer’s Market.   Phoenixville has certainly risen from the ashes of its humble & hardworking roots to become the Borough it is today.
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