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Old 03-17-2019, 06:11 AM
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Crex Crex is offline
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Acworth, GA and/or Hanging Dog, NC
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Definitely great advice. Start simple with known materials and learn basics. Mystery steel is a very hard way to start learning. While making knives is fun and forging steel even more so, there are a lot of simple things that make it all go right or wrong. Read the stickies and other serious available information before you jump in the water and you will be able to avoid most the sharks. Sure, if you do it for any length of time, you'll get a bite or two but you can avoid an awful lot of the unnecessary ones and have more fun.
Another thing that can help your learning curve is hookup with an established knifemaker/bladesmith in your area (lots of them in AZ) and get some hands on schooling and advice. Makes things a lot easier. YT is fun to watch but fraught with a tremendous amount of misinformation and left out information......viewer beware.

Carl Rechsteiner, Bladesmith
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