Hi guys

I am new to knife making and just trying to set up my work area.

I am not sure whether I should get a forge or a heat treating furnace? My understanding is that a forge will be a lot cheaper to buy, but I am not sure how do you actually know what the temp is and how do you ensure that you not over or under heat the blade? Do you go by colour alone? Can be a bit daunting for an inexperienced newcomer..

It is my understanding that with a furnace you can control the heat and ensure that you get more or less the correct hardness. But can you heat metal in a furnace to a high enough temperature to forge/hammer it?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!