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Myths & Misconceptions in Forging

Myths & Misconceptions in Forging

The age-old skill of forging has brought about many myths and misconceptions over the years. B.B. Price are experts in the forging industry; we have taken the time to debunk these myths and misconceptions in forging, ensuring you have the clarity you need to make the right decisions regarding the manufacture of your products.


Myth: Forging is an outdated and inefficient technique

Reality: Forging is as relevant today as ever in the manufacture of high-quality, long lasting, and durable products. The art of forging reshapes the structure of metals during the heating and re-moulding process meaning that your products are incredibly strengthened, highly resistant and durable.


Myth: Forging is used for bulky, simple objects

Reality: Forging is involved in a vast range of sectors and industries, including aerospace, agriculture, construction, rail lines, power lines and so many more. It includes the manufacture of big items, but also intricate, fine pieces of machinery. Forging is also used to make items within the home, including bannisters, kitchen pans and more.

B.B. Price work with and supply a wide range of sectors. For more information on our sectors, please take a look online today.


Myth: Forging is unsafe and dangerous

Reality: In the 21st Century, Health and Safety Regulations and workplace safety measures ensure that forging is a safe environment. Forging takes place in professional forges with everyone being fully trained and skilled in the equipment and techniques used.

At B.B. Price, we are fully certified, and all staff are fully trained before stepping into the forge. For our full range of Quality and Approvals, take a look online today.


Myth: All forged products are the same

Reality: Forging is an umbrella terms for many techniques used within the wider industry.

At B.B. Price, forging consisted of different methods, including hand forging, drop forging, and upset forging. Each of these different methods of forging have different results and outcomes meaning that not every product is the same.

For more information on all types of forging used at B.B. Price, look online today, or get in touch with our team to understand how we can help you.

Why Not Explore Historical Myths & Legends…

Historical Myth: Blacksmiths possess a supernatural strength to bend metal with their hands.

Reality: Blacksmiths don’t have supernatural strength; forging includes the art of heating metal into its molten form to them easily manipulate it with the right tools and equipment.

B.B. Price have a team of highly skilled hand forgers that can create intricate and durable pieces, from large products to small products or bespoke designs.


Historical Myth: Vikings swords were forged in a dragon’s breath

Reality: Vikings would have had blacksmiths that would have forged their swords and armour by hand; this may have had its limitations in the early days in comparison to today’s forging techniques, but the underpinning principles remain the same.


Historical Myth: Forging is a dying art practised only by blacksmiths in isolated areas

Reality: Forging is part of our everyday lives, with products needing to be forged to be used effectively. Forging has evolved over the centuries and is now a highly skilled art undertaken by those with the right skills and training.

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B.B. Price – Your Local Experts in Forging

B.B. Price have been in the forging industry since 1875, working with teams of people honing their skills and expanding their innovative techniques to help wider sectors across the UK.

If you are interested in forging with B.B. Price, or need something a little more bespoke, please contact our team today. You can give us a call and talk through your requirements; our team will point you in the right direction and provide you with the right information.

We look forward to working with you!