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Lethbridge blacksmithing tools

#1
Sorry I'm new just getting into blacksmithing and found this site and guess you guys are probably gonna be the most help.

Any ways at the moment I'm running on a 0$ setup. Forge is pretty good can weld with it (wood ATM, will be getting charcoal soon) but everything else is in disarray. My anvil is a rock and a steel plate, my tools are as basic as it can get. If anyone here can help me source tools/anvil that'd be amazing.

Also Kijiji didn't work too well people want 6/lb for anvils and tools are nonexistent.
 

DPittman

Active Member
#3
Yes used anvil are ridiculously priced. You can buy cheap (under $200) new Asian made anvils but they are all on the small side and obviously the quality of them would not be on par with a big old anvil.
What sort of tools are you looking for what sort of blacksmithing/projects will you be doing?
 

Janger

(John)
Administrator
Premium Member
#4
There’s a blacksmith group in Alberta. Worth contacting those guys I think. There is a forged anvil at princess auto. Not cast iron but forged. It wasn’t horribly expensive .... welcome to the forum!

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#5
Yes used anvil are ridiculously priced. You can buy cheap (under $200) new Asian made anvils but they are all on the small side and obviously the quality of them would not be on par with a big old anvil.
What sort of tools are you looking for what sort of blacksmithing/projects will you be doing?
Huh I guess Ill have to take a peak there. For tools I need tongs, hole punch, ect. I really just got a hammer and vise grips. For projects I really have no clue was just gonna figure it out as I go, I do wanna make a viking axe head though.
 
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Bofobo

Well-Known Member
#6
I started as you are, just settle for the princess auto anvil, and get some basic punches for holes, hack saw for cuts, and now you have what you need to make tongs, start practicing bending and straightening and making holes. Scrap Material will be your next challenge
 
#7
I started as you are, just settle for the princess auto anvil, and get some basic punches for holes, hack saw for cuts, and now you have what you need to make tongs, start practicing bending and straightening and making holes. Scrap Material will be your next challenge
Thanks, I guess the princess Auto one it is then. I've got the rebar for the tongs, straightening down but I'm having a really hard time with curves. Is it since I'm just using a flat anvil?
 
#9
Sorry I'm new just getting into blacksmithing and found this site and guess you guys are probably gonna be the most help.

Any ways at the moment I'm running on a 0$ setup. Forge is pretty good can weld with it (wood ATM, will be getting charcoal soon) but everything else is in disarray. My anvil is a rock and a steel plate, my tools are as basic as it can get. If anyone here can help me source tools/anvil that'd be amazing.

Also Kijiji didn't work too well people want 6/lb for anvils and tools are nonexistent.
Welcome to the forum.
I'm not sure if AB is anything like SK, but, out here guys are wanting premium dollar for old sway back beat up anvils. You may get lucky at a farm auction, still have to be prepared to dig into your pocket a ways tho.

I'm a hobby knifemaker and around here even railway track is hard to come by. I have resigned myself to stock removal for now in the hopes of getting lucky down the road.

We have a blacksmithing guild that I have just discovered (Saskachewan Blacksmiths on FB) you could connect with them and see if anyone can help you out. They seem like a pretty decent group (I have just recently found them so I haven't had too much interaction yet)

Best of luck in your search!