View Full Version : What does the black in blacksmith refer to?
18-06-04, 01:13 AM
If it sounds like a daft question, blame it on the beer ;)
18-06-04, 02:32 AM
Blacksmith works black metal, iron
Whitesmith works tins, Redsmith works coppers, Goldsmith works, well you get the idea.
Then little children would describe the blacksmith as such due to the accumulation of coal dust and ash along with a liberal coating of sweat and general grime from playing in the fire making perfectly good iron turn into dirt. Or vice versa in Doc Prices' case. :wink:
perfectly good iron turn into dirt. Or vice versa in Doc Prices' case. :wink:
yep ... sure was amazing :biggthump seeing him chucking beer bottles and leaves and stuff into a pot and then say "in two days this will be a cake of pure wooootz" :cool:
The smith part refers to the fact that they shape iron and steel by 'smiting' it. So anyone who makes blades by stock removal would properly be refered to as a blade wright.
19-06-04, 09:44 AM
I always tought it was because they got dirty doing the job.....;-)
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