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Tongs

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Yugami, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. Yugami

    Yugami

    102
    Oct 13, 2015
    Right now I'm using two crude tongs I made. Until I improve my setup I think I'd rather just buy a couple to improve my holding ability then branch back into making my own as I start needing specific things.

    I tend to use 1/2" round bar and forge 3/16" thick blades right now between 1" and 1 1/2" (mostly aiming for the 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hunter styles) basically smaller utility knives that are quicker to make and refine skill.

    However I did dabble into a larger dagger that I'm finishing. 1 1/2" at max blade width and 1/4" max thickness.

    Given those variables what tongs would you pickup to be reasonably flexible.

    Right now I have two, a flat that I've mangled to a few different sizes and now doesn't work quite right, and a very crude U style blade tong.

    I drop things alot and would like to get a more secure hold while I continue learning.
     
  2. kn4wd

    kn4wd

    447
    Jan 20, 2014
    polar bear forge has kits, I have 4 sets from there. and texas knifemaker and jantz carries ready made ones in different styles
     
  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
  4. Yugami

    Yugami

    102
    Oct 13, 2015
    Is polar bear forge still around? I've emailed a couple times and have no response.
     
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I did not realize he was gone, but his membership has expired and he hasn't posted in over a year.
     
  6. Kevin McGovern

    Kevin McGovern KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 31, 2015
    I ordered from him about seven months ago. He doesn't update his website much, but he always got back to me when I emailed him within a few days.
     

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