Forging Press Rebuild

With a proper forging press, a smith can do in three hours what would otherwise take three days.  The down side is the least expensive forging press I have been able to find would have set me back about $3,500.00.  I decided I would hand forge my Damascus steel, price it as if I had used a press, and spend the money on building or  purchasing a forging press.  In the end, I found myself somewhere in the middle of buying and building.

Forging Press Rebuild

With a forging press, a smith can do in three hours what would take three days without.  All of the pattern welded Damascus knives I produced in 2021 were hand forged in a forced air coal fire.  I priced them as if I had forged them with a press.  The result, I was able to put together a forging press.

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Forging Press in Shop
Forging Press in Shop
My buddy and I used a tractor with front end loader to move the hydraulic press to the shop.
Sheering Press
Sheering Press
As purchased this press was originally set up to cold sheer steel.
Forging Press Power Unit
Forging Press Power Unit
Forging Press Power Unit from Coal Iron Works.
Press without the Sheer
Press without the Sheer
Press without the Sheer. It is starting to look like a forging press.
Hose for Forging Press
Hose for Forging Press
Tractor Supply and Rural King both offer common hydraulic parts.
Steel for Making Dies
Steel for Making Dies
A forging press is useless without dies.
Cut n Slotted
Cut n Slotted
Steel cut and slotted foe making dies.
Dies for forging press
Dies for forging press
Ready to weld together.
Dies Welded Up
Dies Welded Up
Flattening die and fullering die for forging press.

Flattening Die on Forging Press
Flattening Die on Forging Press
Flattening die on forging press.
Penny, nickel  quarter meet forging Press
Penny, nickel quarter meet forging Press
I couldn't resist squishing some coins with the forging press.

press
press
Aperture: 2
Iso: 1092
Forging press seal
Forging press seal
Forging press seal
Forging press seal
Forging press seal
Forging press seal