Blacksmithing tools are hard to find & an investment for beginners. But we’ve compiled the essential blacksmith tools into one cohesive list!
Blacksmithing Tools for Beginners
When beginning blacksmithing, you must acquire all the appropriate information as well as the proper blacksmithing tools. There are plenty of blacksmith tools that are nice to have, and some experts may even tell you they’re a must. To do the basics of blacksmithing however, there are only a couple of tools that you really need. That’s why we’ve compiled our list of essential blacksmithing tools:
1. The Forge
A forge is a fire, and it is where you heat your work. You can purchase a ready-made forge or make your own. The important thing is you have a place where you can apply heat to a piece of metal.
2. The Anvil
An anvil is a basic blacksmithing tool. Basically, it is a block with a hard, flat surface on which another object is struck. It is where you will be molding and shaping your metal work. A good anvil is critical to successful work.
3. The Hammers
There are many different types, weights and shapes of hammers, claw hammers being the most popular and most widely used. However, they are not recommended for blacksmithing because they are soft and crack easily. A small ball pein or cross pein is recommended.
4. The Tongs
Tongs, vises or clamps are used for holding your work. A tong is a hinged piece of metal which holds hot metal and acts as a very strong, fireproof extension of the hand. When purchasing your first tong or vise, keep in mind that a large or medium-sized example of whichever type you decide on will be more useful than a smaller unit.
That’s all, fellow homesteaders! Did you enjoy our list of essential blacksmithing tools? Let us know in the comments section below what troubles you had finding tools or which ones you use in your blacksmithing shop.
This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.