vblac
My wife and I are travelling up to southern Illinois to watch the total solar eclipse in a couple of weeks.  We'll be driving through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and will be within easy driving distances of eastern Missouri, western Indiana, and northwestern Mississippi.  I'm looking for basic blacksmith's tools, such as tongs, hammers, propane forge, anvil (at least better than the old beat up hand-me-down I currently own), etc.

I will be spending the majority of our two week trip in the Nashville area.  Anyone live in these areas that knows of any supply shops or has any of these for sale, I would appreciate any information.





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Metalmelt
Welcome to the forum. I'm about an hour south of Nashville, but I don't know of any local places to buy tools or anvils. I've had trouble just finding refractory to make my own forge and I have a big piece of round stock that I'm going to use as an anvil.

Here's a place I found in Cumberland Furnace TN, that's north of Nashville near Land Between the Lakes.

https://www.tnfarriersupply.com/
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jmccustomknives
Sounds like a good adventure planned.  Those tools will show up in some unusual places.  My parents found some old tongs for less than $2 for 4, a couple of which were wrought iron.  I've found anvils in junk shops.  A couple of years ago I had less than $100 in a 1x42 sander, a band saw, an arbor press and a post anvil.  All found at yard sales.  Good luck!

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

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Scrambler82
I was thinking that this thread could lead to a good line for people to find tooling but then I thought about the Fishermen in New England, the Lobstermen, the Clammers, the Tuna Fishermen (Wicked Tuna)... no one shares where they catch the fish so why did I even think about a list of locations for blacksmith tools...  lol !

My bad, I wasn't thinking, although I am new, I feel if I really needed a tool and a blacksmith in my area knew of one then they would direct me to it, at least if they didn't need it !
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GrevB
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Marc
Second hand blacksmith tools are like anvils, hard to find but they are there. 
In Australia, blacksmith tools show up occasionally on Gumtree and e-bay, usually highly priced. 
I personally don't think that old blacksmith tools sold this way are value for money with asking price close to new price and you end up buying 10 different tongs 9 of them useless and 5 different hammers 4 with no handle 3 with chips and one may be OK. 
Still sometimes you strike gold and can buy a deceased estate lock stock and barrel. 
I rather buy hammers and tongs new, the size I need and the number I want. 
With anvils is not that much different. I keep on buying old anvils yet keep on wanting a new one [smile]
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Hank Rearden
Marc wrote:
Second hand blacksmith tools are like anvils, hard to find but they are there. 
In Australia, blacksmith tools show up occasionally on Gumtree and e-bay, usually highly priced. 
I personally don't think that old blacksmith tools sold this way are value for money with asking price close to new price and you end up buying 10 different tongs 9 of them useless and 5 different hammers 4 with no handle 3 with chips and one may be OK. 
Still sometimes you strike gold and can buy a deceased estate lock stock and barrel. 
I rather buy hammers and tongs new, the size I need and the number I want. 
With anvils is not that much different. I keep on buying old anvils yet keep on wanting a new one [smile]


Spot on with new vs used.

I paid more for a used rounding hammer with marks in the face than it cost new.

Buy quality new when ever possible. The tight tools are an investment.
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Scrambler82
Thanks for the thoughts Marc and Hank,

I never thought of old tools as creating a problem but I am thinking you are correct, you never know.
If I come across some at the right price though I would pick them up.

Thinking a head, too much thinking, I am looking for a used Cross Pien Hammer, was thinking it might make a good Hardie tool, both ends.  My thought is cut the head in half, weld on some 1" stock that fits my Hardie Hole and hope that it hold ups.  Also, I think I will need something like a Hot Cut Hardie BUT laid on its side so I can spread things out some, thinner than a hammer head pien-ing end.
Any comments on these ideas?

I found a decent Cross Pien Hammer on Amazon, wooden handle, 3 lbs., 16" Hickory Handle. $23, so I guess I can see your points about new can be less expensive.
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Hank Rearden
Scrambler82 wrote:
Thanks for the thoughts Marc and Hank,

I never thought of old tools as creating a problem but I am thinking you are correct, you never know.
If I come across some at the right price though I would pick them up.

Thinking a head, too much thinking, I am looking for a used Cross Pien Hammer, was thinking it might make a good Hardie tool, both ends.  My thought is cut the head in half, weld on some 1" stock that fits my Hardie Hole and hope that it hold ups.  Also, I think I will need something like a Hot Cut Hardie BUT laid on its side so I can spread things out some, thinner than a hammer head pien-ing end.
Any comments on these ideas?

I found a decent Cross Pien Hammer on Amazon, wooden handle, 3 lbs., 16" Hickory Handle. $23, so I guess I can see your points about new can be less expensive.


You might be interested in this thread to make a hot cut.

http://www.theironforgefire.com/post/tire-iron-hardie-hot-cut-pritchell-tool-7389522?highlight=hot+cut


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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I have a set of hardy tools a friend gave me in exchange for something I made him which are made almost exactly like that, except they were machined from big sledge hammers with the shaft welded on.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
I have a set of hardy tools a friend gave me in exchange for something I made him which are made almost exactly like that, except they were machined from big sledge hammers with the shaft welded on.
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Scrambler82
Hank Rearden wrote:


You might be interested in this thread to make a hot cut.

http://www.theironforgefire.com/post/tire-iron-hardie-hot-cut-pritchell-tool-7389522?highlight=hot+cut




Thanks, interesting to see the forming.  (Something I need to see more of... actual Blacksmith working.)

I am more of a "buy it to fit" kind of a guy but since posting here I am finding it is more of buying a little larger and forming downward for a good fit that is the best approach !

Once I get started, I will try forming a Hardie Shaft by working the steel to a smaller size and then try the method I saw over on the other site, using thinner bar stock and making a spring or tension type of tool end by folding the stock over on itself and leaving the stock wider in the middle.

Thanks for posting the video !
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Scrambler82
I broke down last week and purchased a set of five Picard Tongs, made in Germany, for what I think is a great price.

eBay started me off, I found what I thought would work for one set of Tongs, I contacted the Seller, asked about a Military Discount, I know I have balls, and when he came back to me we started talking, keyboard to keyboard.   We talked about a few things, Military, i.e. Vietnam, work experience, what I was going to do with these Tongs, get started, and as we ended I had a set of  five 20" Tongs, again for a decent price.

So I now have what I think will be more than I need as far as Tongs go... now slow to look at Hammers.

I would tell you the price but I promised him not to mention what I paid... just that I got a good price.

As soon as I get his full Web Addie I will post about the Tools... !

I am so slow getting started, I wish I could move faster but things are as they are.


Problem...  I got the Tongs today and guess what, no I didn't get six, or seven, but I did get the wrong length of Tongs from wht I ordered.

I have contacted the Seller and we will see where we go.

Always something, but I was driving with the Wife earlier today, saying that I was happy with eBay, and how the Seller were responding, and that I was getting what I had ordered... wham Ban..., got hit in the face the the Pie, just wish it was Pumpkin, and I got the wrong items; go figure !

So I am back on hold but this will give me a chance to install the Fuel Shut Off Solenoid in the Tractor and get some more brush cut down, funny how things work out !

Thanks for reading the post.
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Scrambler82
Call the Guy and told him the situation and he setup a return with label and sent the longer set.

No worries, no problems, got it done !

As I have posted in other threads the guy is easy to work with and he has great Suggestions.

His Store is on eBay, called: "The Blacksmith Tool Shed";  check him out !


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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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