Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives

This is my smithy. I'm a stock removal knifemaker and a blacksmith shop isn't really necessary for that. But, I think most knife makers like the idea of whacking red hot steel with a hammer. I know I do. :-)

It's not a big place or fancy, just the basics for an amateur steel pounder.

The black box hanging in the middle of the picture is the forge. It is an NC Lowboy 3 burner unit mounted on a boom so I can swing it in out of the weather when it isn't in use.

In this picture you can see my leather apron which helps prevent total bodily ignition. On the wall are some tongs and my small collection of hammers. The tub is full of vermiculite which is used to cool hot steel slowly. The ever present can of WD-40 prevents rust by coating the hammers and anvil and keeps the forge boom moving. If you're a real blacksmith it can be used as a mouthwash and as aftershave.

Every blacksmith shop needs an anvil. This is my little tiny 504 pound Vaughn Brooks model. I won't say how much difficulty I had getting that anvil in position all by myself but I'll give you a clue: I can now knock a bat right out of the air with a single chorus of 'Unchained Melody'...

That's how it's been for the last 4 years, but in September of 2005 I started to get more serious about forging. See my Forging Press here and then see the new smithy below...

The Smithy Gets Upgraded in 2006

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