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Devil forge or Atlas mini

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Shadow44, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Shadow44

    Shadow44

    19
    Mar 5, 2019
    I’m in canda looking to get the atlas mini but the cost when converted and shipped here ends up $472 plus possible import duties

    The Devil forge
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.ca/ulk/itm/251333124599
    Is $266 shipped plus possible duties

    What is th general conciseness?
    They are both beginner forges
    I only care about blades no forge welding. I personally like the look and finish better of the atlas however that can’t be the deciding factor.
    More function! Keep in Mind there is over $200 price difference where I can almost buy two of the cheaper model in case longevity becomes an issue.
     
  2. Killgore

    Killgore

    1
    Jan 11, 2013
    I don't know what the general consensus is but I would say atlas every single time. Personally, I'm not a fan of the square forges with the burner pointing straight down at your work. With the atlas, the burner appropriately comes in at a tangent and creates the swirl to help even out the heat.

    So for only blades, I would definitely pick the atlas mini. If you were to do some other general blacksmithing stuff, it might be hard to fit it into the atlas. Something to keep in mind.
     
  3. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
    I agree, I've got a square forge I purchased - not so good layout with burners pointing straight down. I built another with round and burner coming in from side. MUCH better - I'd go with Atlas for sure
     
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  4. kn4wd

    kn4wd

    447
    Jan 20, 2014
    Atlas, made by a knifemaker for knifemakers. had one for a few yrs now and if it failed today I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
     
  5. Shadow44

    Shadow44

    19
    Mar 5, 2019
    I just pulled the trigger in the Devil Forge will do a full write up when it arrives to Canada Ontario, with a video may help the next person
    With the amount of amazing reviews and
    The seller seems to have it figured out. People are praising his burners and how powerful they can be.
    At face Value I would take the atlas mini but not at the price it costs to get in Canada.
    Will repost in a few weeks
    With full unbox and video
     
  6. running bird

    running bird

    280
    Sep 29, 2015
    I’ve had a 2 burner oval forge from Devil Forge for 3 years now. I haven’t had any problems with it. One think to keep in mind is you may need to buy a regulator from a local hardware store. The Devil Forge regulator is a European propane tank regulator, so it won’t fit with American style tanks (Not sure which kind of tank you guys use up north, but I’m assuming it’s the same as us).

    I just went to the local hardware store and picked up a 0-15 psi regulator. They usually cost around $15-$20. There is a modification you can do to the regulator that comes with the forge to make it fit American style tanks, but it requires a bit of work. On the Devil Forge website you’ll find a tutorial on how to go about that if you choose to.
     
  7. Shadow44

    Shadow44

    19
    Mar 5, 2019
    All the newer reviews say he’s fixed the issue for North America. So hopefully the regulator is plug and play !!
     
  8. Atlas Knife Company

    Atlas Knife Company KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 16, 2010
    Three glowing reviews within 3 hours, thanks for the support guys. I wonder if there are any ABS masterstmiths using Devil Forges?
     
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  9. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    HIGHLY doubt it. Probably going to upgrade my homemade forge to an atlas
     
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  10. Shadow44

    Shadow44

    19
    Mar 5, 2019
    Well for who might be interested the devil forge has arrived with everything needed for North American market
    Here is a 1 min video
     
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  11. John mc c

    John mc c

    304
    Aug 23, 2018
    Just like the guys said,a big hot spot right where the flame is hitting
    For an even heat you can pump the blade in and out with a tongs
    I never feel more bladesmithy than when I'm doing that :)
     
  12. John mc c

    John mc c

    304
    Aug 23, 2018
    I'd try close off those big open ends more with fire bricks too to keep some heat in
     
  13. rjedoaks

    rjedoaks Gold Member Gold Member

    217
    Sep 15, 2009
    Hard to tell if you are just testing or serious. You might want to research a bit on how to heat treat using a forge, if that is going to be your method. Nice unit, but big for doing blades. The beauty of the atlas is the efficiency. You will use a lot more propane.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
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  14. Atlas Knife Company

    Atlas Knife Company KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 16, 2010
    Wow, that video shows exactly why top-down burners in big square chambers are bad for bladesmithing.
     

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