Blacksmith Starter Kit

Blacksmith Starter Kit - Brown County Forge

Looking for a blacksmith starter kit with exactly what you need and nothing you don’t?

You’re in luck!

I talk about the basics of blacksmithing every week in class at Brown County Forge.

We go over skills and techniques, but spend real time talking about essential equipment. That’s what we’ll cover in this post and where to buy it.

For your own kit, you’ll have two options:

  • OPTION 1: Have a complete starter kit shipped directly to you.
  • OPTION 2: Go the DIY route and use the resources below to build your own.

OPTION 1: Have a Complete Kit Shipped to You

The kit includes:

  • NC Tool Company Gas Forge
  • 70 lb. NC Tool Company Anvil (happy to discuss pricing on larger sizes and different brands)
  • German Pattern Cross Peen Blacksmith’s Hammer – 2.2 lbs.
  • 12-inch Wolf Jaw Tongs
  • Railroad Spikes for Simple Knife Making
  • BONUS #1: Online Training for how to set everything up and make your first projects. 55+ video lessons and printable guides.
  • BONUS #2: The DIY BlacksmithingĀ  Book (Amazon best seller) for those who prefer to read a guide from beginning to end.
  • BONUS #3: DIY Knife Making: How to Make Bushcraft Knives. This full-color guide lays out how to start making knives for less money. No forge required.

To get started with your kit order, please contact us directly at browncountyforge@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in putting together your own DIY version, keep reading!

DIY Option: The Four Items in the Blacksmith Starter Kit

The equipment you need to get started blacksmithing comes down to 4 items:

  • Forge – How you heat the metal.
  • Anvil – Where you shape the metal.
  • Hammer – What you shape the metal with.
  • Tongs – How you hold the metal.

How Much Should a Kit Cost?

Let’s break down the items in the kit by price.

Forge – From $183.50 (free shipping) to $325 (plus shipping)

Blacksmith Starter Kit - Brown County Forge

Your forge will be one of the most expensive pieces to buy.

The forge I use is the Knifemaker Economy forge by Majestic Forge (seen above).

It costs $325 and ships for around $50 depending on how far you live from Sugar Grove, Ohio.

Available Here

Why I like it:

  • Two burners – It gets up to heat quickly.
  • Compact – It doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  • Easy to set up – Takes about 10 minutes right out of the package.
  • Ships fast – I ordered it on a Tuesday and had it 2-3 days later.

A second, less expensive option is this Double Burner from Laredo Blacksmiths:

Blacksmith Starter Kit Forge - Brown County Forge

Anvil – $285 – $400+ (varies by retailer)

Click to view on Amazon

The anvil I use in the shop is a 70 pound NC Tool Company brand anvil.

I own two of them and they’re each responsible for thousands of projects.

Why I like them:

  • Movable – You can move one of them on your own. No need to call a friend.
  • Inexpensive – At under $300 or $4 per pound, it’s a great deal.
  • Durable – Mine have seen heavy use over the years and they keep on truckin’.

Hammer – $28

Your hammer really doesn’t need to cost a whole lot.

Blacksmith's Hammer - Brown County Forge - Terran Marks

If you find a hammer that weighs between 2 and 3 pounds at a flea market or yard sale for a dollar, buy it.

Your main concern is overall weight and then handle length preference.

For my money, and the hammer I use every day, I go with a 2.5-pound Vaughan Cross Peen. I bought the one you see above on Amazon for $28 in 2011. (Find here on Amazon)

I could lose all of my other equipment, but if I lost that hammer I’d be very sad.

Tongs – $38.50

I use Centaur Forge’s 3/8-inch V-Bit Bolt Tongs nearly every day.

They’re good all around tongs useful for flat stock, square bar, and round bar.

Total Kit Cost (before shipping): $538.50$680

Where to Buy Each Item

Your Laredo Blacksmiths forge can be securely purchased on eBay through the photo and link above. For the Majestic Forge double burner forge I use go to: majesticforge.com.

Your anvil should be purchased from Centaur Forge to get the best price on shipping – centaurforge.com. Also available on Amazon here.

The hammer can be picked up on Amazon.

Your tongs will come straight from Centaur Forge as well – centaurforge.com.

Want to Learn How to Use It All?

I’d be happy to show you the basics of blacksmithing.

The online DIY Blacksmithing Course I created covers everything you need to know to get started.

  • What to look for in an anvil and where to buy one.
  • 55+ video lessons.
  • Everything about hammers and tongs.
  • Proper metal temperature.
  • Knife making – forged and stock removal. (Includes handling.)
  • Answers to common questions from years of teaching blacksmithing.

Check out the Free Preview by Clicking Below:

DIY Blacksmithing Online Course - Blacksmith Classes

I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have: browncountyforge@gmail.com

Cheers!

Terran Marks - The Blacksmith - Brown County Forge

Terran Marks – owner, Brown County Forge