Category Archives: Backsmithing

Collars for 1/4 by 1/2 Scrolls

Collar material should be thinner than the metal being joined. For joining a pair of 1/4 by 1/2 scrolls, a 3/16” x 1/2” collar stock works well. If you make it out of 1/4” thick stock, it will look too … Continue reading

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Ground vs Forged Fullers in Swords

The central grove, or groves, in a sword is usually referred to as a “fuller”. The reason for this is that they are normally made with a blacksmith’s fuller, a type of stamping tool, rather than by grinding away material. … Continue reading

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First Forged Letter Opener

Made from… some random hunk of steel the instructor gave me. Some cracking in and near the twist, but several people had that problem so we were told it was probably a flaw in the billet. I cheated a bit … Continue reading

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Blacksmithing – First Project

This is the first project I ever made. I did this during a one-hour class offered by the SCA a few years ago. It is just shy of 4 3/4”.

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Intro to Blacksmithing

From left to right Blacksmith Tongs (me) Steak Turner (me) BBQ Tongs (me) BBQ Tongs (April started, I finished) Blacksmith Tongs (April) Steak Turner (April) All pieces were forged by hand over coal. Finishing all three projects qualified me to … Continue reading

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