The forgotten art of the blacksmith
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The success of the History channel reality competition 'Forged in Fire' has sparked a huge interest in the art of the bladesmith, and of metalsmithing in general. Bladesmiths employ a variety of metalworking techniques similar to those used by blacksmiths, whose own skillsets date back centuries. Blacksmith is another term for metalsmith—someone who crafts items out of various metals. The name "black" in blacksmith refers to iron, which turns black when heated and exposed to oxygen. The origin of "smith" is debated, but probably comes from the Old English word smythe, meaning "to strike." A once thriving trade, blacksmithing declined in the wake of the industrial era. Fortunately, this highly skilled occupation has not disappeared completely, and today blacksmiths continue to create unique pieces for practical as well as for decorative purposes.
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