The Smithing Process

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Blacksmiths work with high heat so that they can create different items as per the requirement. Heating up of metals makes them malleable. It means that the metal is considerably softer and can be shaped into anything. When heated to a high enough temperature, metals like iron and steel can be bent and hammered into any shape.

The most common metal for blacksmiths to work with is wrought iron. This iron usually have low melting point which can easily be mould and cast into various shapes. These characteristics of not completely melting but becoming ductile enough when heated makes it the ideal metal of choice for blacksmiths to use.

While working with metals, the color is very important to magistrate the temperature and workability. Blacksmiths typically work with metals that are yellow-orange in color,
which is referred to as the forging heat. This type of heat gives the blacksmith ample control to work on the metal. Blacksmiths usually work in a dim environment in order to ascertain the colors that the metals glow into.