After checking out the Info for Beginners section, here’s a go-to list of all my content related to blacksmithing gear recommendations;
Getting started as a beginner blacksmith doesn’t need to be all that hard. While there are tons of good books, courses, and products out there designed to help people new to the hobby, the truth is that it doesn’t actually take all that much to get started blacksmithing.
Here’s a complete list of all the essential tools that you’ll need to get started, as well as how much they cost.
If you want to get started as a blacksmith – or are looking to take your craft more seriously – getting a good set of blacksmith hammers is essential. While not the most expensive investment you will make (that distinction will likely be your forge, which I wrote a separate guide for here), having a high-quality hammer set is incredibly important.
While there are plenty of forges out there to try, it really boils down to a couple of major types; gas or coal-powered. From then on, there are plenty of different models of variants to try, depending on how much money you have to spend.
If you happen to be looking for a good blacksmithing forge for beginners, I’ve compiled a list of my five favorite forges on the market right now.
Thankfully, you don’t need to get anything crazy when it comes to your blacksmithing materials. Here’s what you need to get started right away.
There are primarily two types of forges; coal and gas-powered. While there are pros and cons to each, I’d argue that gas-powered forges are the best for beginners. They’re simple to use, aren’t messy, and can maintain a steady, consistent heat level for easily.
As you become more skilled and proficient as a beginner blacksmith, you’re going to find out that there are a lot of different techniques out there. One thing you’re going to need to learn how to do is quenching your metal. Usually, this is down with water, with a traditional blacksmith simply dipping their hot metal into a bucket of water to cool it down.
One of the best investments that a budding blacksmith can make is in a good belt grinder. Here are a few of the top belt grinders for blacksmiths in 2021.