Essential Blacksmithing Guide (Video)

September 14, 2016

In this video blacksmithing guide Darren gives an overview of the basic blacksmithing tools and techniques you need to master in order to become a blacksmith. He shows what a good basic blacksmithing setup looks like, and the basics on how to use each tool.

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In a post apocalyptic world being able to work with metal could be an incredibly valuable skill!​

The Full List of Tools Mentioned:

  • Forge (heats the iron)
  • Rounding Hammer
  • Cross Peen Hammer
  • Strait Peen Hammer
  • Diagonal Peen Hammer
  • Pall Peen Hammer
  • Flat Jaw Tongs
  • V-Bit Tongs
  • Box Jaw Tongs
  • Wolf Jaw Tongs
  • Scroll Tongs
  • Chisels
  • Hold Down Tools
  • Fullers
  • Hardy Tools
  • Punches
  • Rasps
  • Cone Mandrel
  • Anvil

The Foundational Techniques

  • Drawing
  • Tapering
  • Bending
  • Upsetting (Pounding iron into itself to make it thicker on one end)
  • Spreading
  • Punching
  • Slitting
  • Convenience bend (temporarily bending the iron to work on an area that would otherwise be to difficult to work on)
  • Twisting