CH. 4 BLACKSMITHING

HEATING THE STEEL

MAKING A GAME PLAN

HAMMERING

MOVING STEEL

MAKING A HOT CUT

KNIFE FORGING 101

NORMALIZING

ANNEALING

Before modern-day grinders and power cutting tools, all metal knives were made through the art of blacksmithing. The local “smithy,” as blacksmith shops are known, was at one point an integral part of every town. Today, most people have never set foot inside a blacksmith shop, but the prevalence of the surname Smith is a relic of how common this trade used to be.

I was first introduced to the art of blacksmithing while apprenticing as a farrier in my early twenties. I was constantly impressed by the master blacksmiths I met. They could seemingly communicate with metal and will it into any shape they desired ...

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