These are the hand tools and anvil tools I selected to get started in blacksmithing with. I also include below, tools that I made myself.
Based on what I learned in various books, including Lorelei Sims "The Backyard Blacksmith", and along with advice from the friendly folks at Centaur Forge, this is my initial set of hand tools. I am hoping to make most tools that I need beyond these.
Other hand tools, not shown, include
- A 4.5" hand grinder
- Hand files
- Tape measure
- Large fire extinguisher
- Clear full-face shield that I wear when grinding
Making a Pritchel Plate
I made the pritchel plate below from a 1/2" x 3.5" x 10" piece of mild steel. The pritchel plate I made has 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", and 1/2" holes.
Copper plate for cutting/chiseling on: