In its simplest form, forging metal requires at least 4 things: a forge, a hammer, tongs, and an anvil. You’ll see everything from cheap “anvil-shaped objects” such as railroad track being used for anvils to vice grips being used as tongs. Many a famous smith started off with less than stellar equipment, but they learned from others and upgraded their shop when the time was right. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but it is possible to get started at home for a few hundred dollars.
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