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 have two options:
- Option 1: Go the DIY route and use the resources below to build your own. Costs currently range from $600 – $985.
- Option 2: Have a professional blacksmith starter kit shipped directly to you. Pricing includes name brand equipment, complete training course, and material to get started.
Option 1: The DIY Option
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 DIY blacksmith starter kit by price.
Forge – From $160.50 (free shipping) to $375 (plus shipping)
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 $375 (the price recently went up $50) and ships for around $50 depending on how far you live from Sugar Grove, Ohio.
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:
- 2 Burners
- $160.50 (price recently reduced by $23) with Free U.S. shipping
- Compact size for easy setup and storage.
- Click here for more details, testimonials, and reviews on eBay
Anvil – $345 – $450+ (varies by retailer)
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 $350 or $5 per pound, it’s a great deal.
- Durable – Mine have seen heavy student use over the years.
Hammer – $28
Your hammer really doesn’t need to cost a whole lot.
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.
I could lose all of my other equipment, but if I lost that hammer I’d be very sad.
Tongs – $40.50
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): $574 – $984.94
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.
The hammer can be picked up on Amazon.
Your tongs will come straight from Centaur Forge as well – centaurforge.com.
OPTION 2: Have a Professional Kit Shipped to You
The kit we provide includes:
- NC Tool Company Gas Forge – Single burner (pictured above)
- 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 Course for how to set everything up and make your first projects. 55+ video lessons and printable guides.
- Bonus #2: The DIY Blacksmithing 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.
Price: $1495 – includes shipping to your door, complete online training, and access to professional smiths to help with any questions.
To get started with your kit order, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to Learn How to Use It All?
I’d be happy to show you the basics of blacksmithing.
The online DIY Blacksmithing Courses I created cover 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.
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I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have: email@example.com
Terran Marks – owner, Brown County Forge