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just starting out

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by newbiesmith, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. newbiesmith


    Mar 20, 2017
    im just starting out and was wondering just what i should get? and if it is at all possible for others to help me gather the things i need. im wanting to make knifes and such doing blacksmithing so i know a good bit of what i need i just need to know things like what metal i should use and scales.
  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Start by filling out your profile with location, age, and your occupation and hobbies. By doing that you may be able to connect with a local maker that will help you.

    Next, read the stickys. They have the answers to most new maker questions. The one titled, "How to instructions for making a knife" is a good starter guide.

    Attend a hammer-in or custom knife show and meet some makers. They will offer good advice and often help with some free materials. I give new makers handle material and sometimes blade blanks every year at Harrisonburg.
  3. Langadune


    Apr 19, 2012
    That's a pretty broad request and while the people here are very helpful and generous, you're asking for advice that's been given numerous times and has been extensively covered in the stickies. Read though those then come back with some more specific questions. You'll find a wealth of knowledge here if you do a little search.

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