Forums Blacksmithing What are the best tools to start Blacksmithing with?

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    I have made room in my backyard for my new blacksmith shop. I own the following tools:

    -Small Gas Forge
    -100 lb. Anvil
    -A 3 lb. Mechanics Hammer

    I think the next thing I need is a pair of tongs and a leg vise. I saw some in the classifieds here a while back. Any other ideas?

    Nicholas Pescinski

    Hello Ian,

    Tongs are pretty simple to make and I would say they are one of the most important tools in the shop. Here is a link to a simple drawing on how to make them: and if you like, I will make a video and post it in the video archive. Once you get the hang of it, you can make any size tongs.

    You can find leg vise on eBay as well. Maybe we can get Timeless Metal to post some for us!?

    Hope this helps!

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