INFORMATION WEB SITES
Belt grinders are probably the most important tool in a bladesmithing workshop. there are a plethora of cheap (for what they are) “home made” grinders on ebay in the UK. I would treat them with caution. Profesionaly made grinder are not cheap. Search for linisher, belt grinder, belt sander, second hand linishers casn be good value.
remember that 2 by 72″ is an american sized grinder and grinders come in all sizes .I use 50mm by 1220, 1525 ,2000 and 3450. belts can be made up to any size.
I have had a Goset G20 pro grinder on loan in the school since November, it is the best made grinder I have used to date and the only bladesmithing grinder of a professional quality being made in Europe (very positive tracking, CE approved and most importantly guarded). I can whole heartedly recommend one.
Furnival steel is my main steel supplier, phone Andy on 01246855589, great to deal with sells 15n20 , en42, En42J, cs80, cs90 en9 en8 and loads more. Steel is sold in industrial lengths so do not expect to get small pieces , 5m and 7m bars and 1m sheets…
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/High-Grade-Steel supplies pre cut 15n20 and En42J
www.highgradesteel.co.uk supplies pre cut 15n20 and En42J
Alpha insulation (Yorkshire)
Type K inconel (3 to 6mm ) www.omega.co.uk
Swan gas forges
Antiscaling Compound for heat treating
Ian Allen-Rowlandson firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS TO WEBSITES WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST
http://www.flickr.com/photos/55552378@N00/ over 400 photos of my work
www.britishblades.com the best website for UK knifemaking and collecting.
http://www.dfoggknives.com/ Don Fogg’s website
http://forums.dfoggknives.com/ bladesmiths forum loads of great knife info from over the pond (show and tell has some amazing work)
www.powning.com/jake/home/j_homepg.shtml Jake Pownings site. Some of the best blade work out there.
www.baba.org.uk British Artist Blacksmiths association site
www.mvforge.com The website of Howard Clark; master bladesmith who ran a sword class at Bushfire Forge in April 2010
www.londonlongsword.com Dave Rawlings
www.to-ken.com To-Ken society of Great Britain. Japanese sword collectors society.
www.myarmoury.com Resource for historical arms & armoury collectors (Lots of incredibly good info on swords etc on this site)
www.iforgeiron.com Blacksmithing website. Good for power hammers and metal bashing.