It’s important to know the difference between blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Blacksmithing means a broader term that includes the creation of a variety of metal objects using various techniques, while bladesmithing focuses solely on creating sharp, durable blades using specialized techniques.
Different kind of bladesmiths specializes in different kind of blades, such as swords, knives, axes, machetes – each with their unique design and purpose. Blades can be made from different kind of metals such as high-carbon steel, damascus steel or stainless steel, that affect their durability, sharpness, and flexibility. Bladesmithing is a highly skilled craft that requires precision, patience, and attention to detail. A bladesmith must understand metallurgy and how to manipulate different metals to achieve desired characteristics in the blade. They must also have knowledge of various heat-treating techniques, as the tempering process can significantly affect the blade’s final properties. In addition to metalworking skills, bladesmiths must also have a keen eye for design and aesthetics, as the shape and finish of a blade can greatly impact its functionality and beauty.
As mentioned there are different kind of blades – but their shape and properties are intertwined with their intention and purpose of use. So, before choosing a type of blade, think about what do you want from a blade and what will you use it for. And have in mind, a good bladesmith will help you with selection and advise you on best materials, so don’t hesitate and reach out.