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 have two options:

  • Option 1: Have a professional blacksmith starter kit shipped directly to you. Pricing includes name brand equipment and material to get started.
  • Option 2: Go the DIY route and use the resources below to build your own.

OPTION 1: Have a Professional Kit Shipped to You

NC Tool Co Whisper Baby Forge - Starter Kit - Brown County Forge

The kit we provide includes:

  • Single or Double Burner Gas Forge – Single burner option pictured above.
  • 70 lb.  – 150 lb. Anvil – Happy to discuss pricing on sizes and different brands.
  • Cross Peen Blacksmith’s Hammer
  • Wolf Jaw Tongs
  • Access to Professional Blacksmiths for help with questions and tips.

Price: Kits start at $1395 – includes shipping to your door and access to professional smiths to help with any questions. Financing options available at Zero Interest for 6 months.

To get started with your custom kit order, please contact us directly at

Option 2: 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)

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 $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:

Blacksmith Starter Kit Forge - Brown County Forge

  • 2 Burners
  • $160.50 (price recently reduced by $23) with Free U.S. shipping
  • Compact size for easy setup and storage.
  • See more details, testimonials, and reviews on eBay
  • As an eBay Partner, I may be compensated if you make a purchase through the above link.

Anvil – $345 – $450+ (varies by retailer)

Hammer and Anvils - Brown County Forge

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 – $35

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). As an Amazon partner, I may be compensated if you make a purchase through the above link.

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:

Your anvil should be purchased from Centaur Forge to get the best price on shipping – Also available on Amazon here. (As an Amazon partner, I may be compensated if you make a purchase through this link.)

The hammer can be picked up on Amazon.

Your tongs will come straight from Centaur Forge as well –

Want to Learn How to Use It All?

I teach classes in person at Brown County Forge and online through Blacksmith Homeschool.

I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have:


Terran Marks - The Blacksmith - Brown County Forge

Terran Marks – owner, Brown County Forge

Sword Sharpening Service in Indiana

Did you know that Brown County Forge offers a sword sharpening service?

[Updated for 2024]

Terran the Blacksmith is happy to sharpen any bladed tool from knives to axes to longswords.

Sword Sharpening Service in Indiana

Sharpening a Katana

Bloomington local David brought in seven Japanese swords for sharpening earlier this fall (2023).

They shipped from Japan with blunted edges to make importing simpler, but having them stateside without sharpened edges didn’t seem quite right.

After a few hours and approximately a week turnaround time, the seven katanas were sharpened and ready to go.

Sharpening a Katana

Sharpening a Longsword

Sword Sharpening Service Indiana - Brown County Forge

Beck brought in his longsword in June 2019.

His goal was to have it competition-ready with a clean edge and a new polish.

The sword is almost four feet long from pommel to point.

The Sword Sharpening Process

Sword Sharpener Indiana - Brown County Forge

First, Terran assesses the condition of the blade.

He observes these key points:

  • Any chips or hairline fractures.
  • Bluntness along the length of the blade.
  • Nicks and gouges on the flat of the blade.
  • Any visible rust.

Beck’s blade (the longsword above) was well-cared for so all it needed was a sharpen and polish.

To get it ready for competition, Terran follows these steps:

  1. Hand-filing the edge from hilt to point. Maintaining a micro-bevel along the length of long blades takes practice and patience.
  2. Any marks and scratches are polished out using finer and finer grits of sandpaper.
Sharpening a Cutlass
Assessing a Coast Guard cutlass to be sharpened – 2023

Next Day Service

The sword is ready for pickup the next day.

Most bladed tools will be ready within a few hours. If you arrange to drop it off in the morning, it will be ready by afternoon.

Axes or knives in very poor condition may take longer. Terran is happy to provide quotes on costs and timelines.

How Much Does It Cost?

Sharpening swords properly takes time. For a sword like Beck’s that is in good shape, it will take an hour or so.

The shop hourly rate is $45 per hour for most services.

There is a sliding scale depending on exactly what you need done and your budget.

The most important thing to Terran is that you have a functional edged tool.

Shipping a Sword for Sharpening

Depending on where you are in the United States, shipping your sword for sharpening may be your best option.

Terran recommends using USPS for better rates compared to FedEx.

FedEx is a good provider when it comes to overnight, express shipments, but is usually too expensive for everyday items.

If you need help with packaging, send Terran an email. He’s happy to provide ideas.

*The cost to ship your sword is your responsibility both ways. We recommend insurance up to the replacement value of the sword.

Sword Sharpening Blacksmith - Brown County Forge

Want to Learn More About Blades?

We cover knife making basics every Saturday throughout the year.

You will gain the knowledge you need to take care of all of your bladed tools.

You can get more information on the Classes Page.