Your job of holding the hot metals once after they are forged would become easy when you have a right pair of blacksmith tongs with you. Based on the experience in the field you can try either making them in home or buying them from outside. Making the tongs from inside would need the same process of heating and bringing them to the required shape.
If you delay in purchasing them from outside when you are busy as you find that the existing blacksmith tongs are not doing good to hold big bars then you have to stop your work in between. Rather than giving a break to your job it is advisable to buy them before you start the work or else you will have to start the heating process right from the beginning.
By the time you come back to your work place with a new pair of blacksmith tongs the metal would have cool down. As you do not want any disaster to happen and hence you might have put off the heat and then would have left to purchase these tongs from a reputed shop. All this is good to listen. What about the materials that you have to use when you plan of making them inside house? Most of the times the material used for making blacksmith tongs are either spring steel or the mild steel. Among these materials though you use any material the hardening of the steel will happen as when you hold the hot metals after the forging process with the help of these blacksmith tongs.
When you catch the hot metals these tongs also would be heated up and when quenched to become cool would eventually harden the steel and the hardening process when repeated for few months would lead to cracks in the tongs. Hence you should be changing your blacksmith tongs for effective use of them in work and for quick accomplishment of the task you have at hand. If you are planning for in house make of these blacksmith tongs then a flat bar of ¼ by ¾ by 13 inches bar would be sufficient and you have to follow the certain steps to make your own pair of tongs. Also while making these blacksmith tongs you should take enough care that the heads would be able to tightly catch the metals without the risk of them falling on your skin or on ground.
If you have to purchase it from the shop you should take enough care to do a research on which blacksmith shops are selling the best blacksmith tongs. You can either buy them from online after seeing to the models either through your credit or debit card. If you want to have the real feel then better go to a near by local shop for buying the blacksmith tongs. If you feel like local shop would not be able to provide you the quality then do a trip to the center of the city you live in to get the right set of blacksmith tongs that do your job.
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