What are the basic tools needed to make metal tools from white hot iron? What woods make best charcoal for forges?

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  • 6 months ago

    You'll need a forge with a bellows, an anvil, a shear, some hammers, strikers, punches, and tongs, a quenching tank, and a work table. Most modern forges use propane or acetylene as fuel, but if you want to be traditional, use anthracite coal rather than charcoal.

    • Toruko
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      6 months agoReport

      Not all frontiers had water for heavy bulk carry.
      Nor did livestock service all needs over long
      distances. Hostiles ate what they didn't walk
      away with. Wagons were seasonal arrivals.
      Forests and no bridging obstructed them.
      Wood was more available than mined ore.

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  • Rick
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    6 months ago

    An anvil, an assortment of hammers some sort of heavy masonry or stone firebed and a bellows or other means for concentrating and directing airflow to increase heat. Any of the denser and heavier hardwoods will make charcoal with oak, hickory, ash hard maple and beech being among the best. Most of the smiths you encounter at re-enactments and trade fairs however, favor soft coal

    • Toruko
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      6 months agoReport

      Point. I own a 14th Century type mace hand forged
      using soft coal. The smith said it if it ever broke in
      combat her daughters would repair or replace it
      free of charge. I found it rips into junk car metal
      easily and haven't had an armored vehicle to
      play with.

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  • Toruko
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    Outdoor recreation includes use of quartz and feldspar in sand

    to replace borax for cleaning forged products or oxidation

    protection. Or using sand for flux if borax was unavailable.

    Hunters would need this practice away from civilization.

    Like the traps of 1840's made by Sewell Newhouse and

    his paid help.

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