Blacksmithing is a hobby that is growing in popularity all over the world, as people develop a new interest in exploring this ancient art form and learning to work and shape metal with their hands. It's a fantastic way to develop a deeper understanding of the art and science of metal working, and to make things that you can enjoy for years to come.
If you have an interest in taking up blacksmithing, but don't know where to begin, a beginner kit is a great investment in the first set of tools and equipment you need to become a blacksmith. A beginner blacksmith kit gives you everything you need to get started, in a complete, convenient package. Just add a hard flat object to hit stuff on (really any piece of steel will do fine to start) and a way to heat the metal (check out some easy to make forges here) They also make great gifts for aspiring blacksmiths. Here are some of the best beginner blacksmith kits.
Goplus Tools Hammer Set 5-Piece Blacksmith Forge Tool Shop Garage Kit
This beginner blacksmith hammer set from Goplus is a complete set of hammers for different purposes. The set includes:
- 2 ball pein hammers for reshaping metal surfaces, riveting, and rounding edges of metal pins and fasteners
- 1 rubber mallet for shaping mortar beds, or working with timber, soft metal, or tiles
- 1 sledge hammer for small demolition jobs like breaking concrete and drywall or for driving stakes
- 1 cross pein hammer for shaping and bending unhardened metal, or for shaping brick and stone blocks
The heads are made of forged, polished steel for strength and durability. The handles are made of fiberglass, with solid cores that absorb vibration and shock and reduce fatigue. The handles are covered with non-slip plastic and have rubber grips for a lasting, secure hold.
These hammers have great grip and shock absorption that allow you to work comfortably for long periods, and are an excellent size and weight for maximum efficiency.
Whitlox Hammer & Tongs Blacksmith Starter Kit
The Hammer & Tongs Blacksmith Starter Kit from Whitlox is a 6-item bundle great for the beginning blacksmith, with high-quality tools that will be used for years to come. The set comes with:
- A Chicago Electric leather apron designed to protect you and your clothes from hot sparks. It has four pockets to keep your tools and supplies close at hand, neck and waist straps for a comfortable fit, and double-stitched seams for durability
- A steel brush with a long, easy-grip handle and durable steel bristles perfect for knocking off scale
- A Kseibi cross pein hammer made of high-carbon steel with high hardness and a durable wooden handle. This hammer has a size and weight meant to reinforce good form and reduce vibration and fatigue
- Western Safety clear safety glasses for rugged eye protection
- Whitlox 16-inch wolf jaw tongs sized to grab and hold many sizes and shapes of stock. These tongs grip securely both end-on and cross-way, and are sturdy and lightweight. The ball ends provide grip and ease of use. These tongs are well-designed and versatile, ideal for beginner blacksmiths who don't have a different pair of tongs for every purpose
- Natural beeswax to provide a professional finishing touch to forged pieces. Beeswax closes the pores in metal, protecting it from water that can lead to corrosion and rust, and also provides a natural, attractive, slightly glossy finish.
With the basics of safety gear, the two most important tools, and even finishing brushes and beeswax, this set is a great start for a beginner blacksmith to work their first metal from beginning to end. Despite being a beginner kit, the components are rugged and durable, high-quality and designed to last for years to come.
Grant Tools 8-Piece Blacksmith Tool Kit
This 8-piece starter blacksmith tool kit from Grant Tools has everything a beginner blacksmith needs, packed into one compact, rugged case that will keep your shop organized or travel easily to a work site. The kit includes:
- A 32-ounce ball pein hammer, ideal for rivets, shaping metal, and rounding edges on pins and fasteners.
- A 32-ounce rubber mallet, soft enough to prevent damage when working with soft metals, wood, and tile
- A 3-pound sledge hammer that easily handles light construction and demolition jobs like breaking concrete and drywall, or for driving stakes
- A 3-pound cross pein hammer that is great for shaping and bending metal, or for shaping stone and masonry
- A set of files, with a flat file, a half round file, and a triangle file for filing, sharpening, and grinding metals
- Safety glasses to protect your eyes while you work
The tools have comfortable, shock-absorbing handles and are built for durability. And Grant Tools supports Extend the Day, and for each blacksmith tool kit purchased, they donate one solar-powered reading light to a child in need.
A beginner blacksmithing tool kit is a fantastic way to start a blacksmithing hobby, taking some of the guesswork out of buying all the tools, supplies, and equipment you need to start enjoying the satisfaction of working with metal.
Over time, as a person builds skill and expertise, or as projects get more complex, it is natural to gain a greater understanding of which tools are best for your work and your needs, and to start purchasing (or even making) more advanced, customized tools. But this understanding often only comes with time and experience, and in the beginning, you have to start somewhere.
These kits will put any beginner blacksmith off on the right foot, with the basic tools and equipment they need to get started with blacksmithing and metallurgy.
-THE STAY AT HOME DAD
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