My name is Ryan Woodall and I was inspired to make knives and other metal objects about 5 years ago while I was surfing the web just like you are now. I was looking up pictures of blades, a topic i had always been fascinated by. That day I decided I wanted to get one of the larger swords , but I id not have the money to spare. Right in that moment it dawned on me that I could make a sword if i wanted it that bad. So straight away I went down into the basement, found a little 12 pound anvil, and set to work hammering a long peice of conduit flat. I took it to the belt sander, ground an edge and a point on it, and there I had my first sword.
Well to your probable relief i didnt stop with conduit. I had found a niche that I liked, so soon i aquired some fire bricks and, with some instruction, set to making my first coal forge. The work I did with it taught me much about blades and subtle shifts in the metal that can cause a knife do its job well, or shatter under pressure. In due time i decided to move on to forge I use now. It is fired by propane and can reach sustained tempatures of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. The point of this is to say, you can start with just an idea and the tools to work with, and you never know how far it will take you.