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    Modern Swordsmithing

    A career path which intrigued me was the art of making swords, knives, spears, and other forged metal weapons.

    Very simply, Does any one know how to get in to this kind of trade?

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    Good thing we have spearbrave

    I know that in Norway you can study smithing in high school, there are different types, one for shotguns, silver smith etc.

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    We don't have "smithing" per se in our High School curriculum, but we do have shop class where you learn to work with various wood and metal crafting, as well as welding.

    I would love to job shadow this man

    He makes the most beautiful swords I've ever laid eyes on.



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    We have metallurgi in the university here, maybe your universities offers the same? Or you could apprentice with someone maybe?

    Very nice swords!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    We have metallurgi in the university here, maybe your universities offers the same? Or you could apprentice with someone maybe?
    Hmm maybe. The only thing my local college offers in the field of metal is Automotive, Machine Tech., Engineering and welding, and I'm not a fan of them.

    I'm talking old school kind of work Akin to historical reconstruction/reenactment.
    Sword from stone

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    The casting of bronze swords is believed to be the inspiration of the pulling the sword from the stone that we find in the Arthurian legend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
    Hmm maybe. The only thing my local college offers in the field of metal is Automotive, Machine Tech., Engineering and welding, and I'm not a fan of them.

    I'm talking old school kind of work Akin to historical reconstruction/reenactment.
    Sword from stone
    This guy is not impossible to contact. I think he lives in the west country some place, some people in the re-enactment world are close to him. Why don't you find him and beg to be his apprentice? I considered it for a bit and I know I could have got in touch if I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgard View Post
    This guy is not impossible to contact. I think he lives in the west country some place, some people in the re-enactment world are close to him. Why don't you find him and beg to be his apprentice? I considered it for a bit and I know I could have got in touch if I wanted.
    Problem is I live in the US.
    Don't think there's much to speak of in the field of living history here. It's much bigger in Europe and the UK obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
    Problem is I live in the US.
    Don't think there's much to speak of in the field of living history here. It's much bigger in Europe and the UK obviously.
    I bet there are a few people. There is a large group of people practising renaissance sword skills and I bet they have contacts with a few good smiths. Why not travel to Europe? I bet he would take that more seriously than me turning up from a few hundred miles away.

    I would love to learn but I am looking to start a family so need to get settles sooner rather than later.

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    I had a drive to get into blacksmithing at one point. Most suggestions I got were to just buy my own tools and start with small ornamental items and work my way up. There are smithing clubs you can contact and attend their meetings to learn more. The one nice thing about smithing is that many of the tools can be made instead of bought. Also scrapyards become buried treasure.

    The cost of obtaining the essential tools is what stopped me. Be prepared to put a heavy investment in.

    Another suggestion I give is to look into period reenactment buffs who often know a few smiths who use more historical methods.

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