"Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands."
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Village Smithy
Someone who shapes things out of iron and steel, so called because iron is a "black" metal. This craft has been around since humans first learned to shape iron and iron alloys. Metalworkers specializing in bronze or copper are sometimes referred to as "redsmiths",note
and those that work with tin or pewter are known as "whitesmiths."note
The blacksmith was an invaluable member of the community until the advent of mass production techniques in the Twentieth Century, and is still a substantial figure in less industrialized areas. The smith is often used symbolically to represent mankind's creative abilities and the advances of technology. His tools, the forge, hammer and tongs, and the anvil are rich with metaphorical meaning. Furthermore, swordsmiths in Japan were held in an extremely high regard, culminating in the story of the legendary swordsmith Masamune, whose finest sword could cut everything sinful while not cutting that which was innocent. All of this are reasons the name "Smith" is so common not only in Anglophone countries but also, for example, in Slavic countries, where variations of the word "Kovač" are also one of the most common surnames, and also in Romance language with names such as Ferrari, Lefèvre, Herrera, Ferreira and Fieraru.
Due to the body strength needed for pumping the bellows, hammering metal and dealing with the temperature of the forge, most blacksmiths will be depicted as burly fellows; variations of this usually include Stout Strength
, female blacksmiths with a Wrench Wench
vibe, and smaller smiths with wiry muscle giving them surprising strength. If forced into combat, most fictional blacksmiths can use their hammers
to devastating effect, but weaponsmiths will often use the weapons they specialize in making instead. The blacksmith may possibly be related to robot tropes as well in a sort of Technology, Strength and Intelligence sort of way.
While blacksmiths made many different useful items, in fiction you will generally see them specializing in weapons (especially swords), armor, fetters and chains (usually these smiths are depicted less favorably than other metalworkers) and horseshoes (a specialist in the last is often called a "farrier.") Swordsmithing is actually a very specialized field, but in much fantasy, an "ordinary" blacksmith may be able to produce weapons of quality well above what he would realistically be capable of.
Taken to its fullest extent
, the blacksmith becomes the Ultimate Blacksmith
: the person responsible for weapon class MacGuffins
, he is the person who makes the demon slaying sword or fixes it, or purifies it so it will not consume the user's soul. Makes a weapon that the hero treats as his keepsake or turn the seemingly useless ore to something useful. He prides himself in his work and treats them like children and the wielder as a father.
He will generally be the star of a Forging Scene
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Anime and Manga
- Ashul Edwaru is the master blacksmith from Tower of God. Not only did he create the Thirteen Months, he was also the first to realize that the weapons that came from outside the tower would eventually become utterly useless in the higher levels (especially swords and axes). He promptly redesigned them and became a legend.
- The old man, Godo, who makes Guts' BFS and other gear in Berserk. He likes the sparks that fly upwards.
- Rickert is becoming one as well, of the smaller variety.
- Vinland Saga: After giving up his Blood Knight lifestyle, Thors becomes a laughably bad blacksmith working in an Icelandic village.
- In The Sacred Blacksmith, Luke (who isn't the main character) can magically forge katanas. These break after a few uses though.
- In InuYasha, Totosai is the old Youkai swordsmith who forged both the Tessaiga and Tensaiga.
- Presea from Magic Knight Rayearth is a special case. Each weapon she crafts is intended for a specific wielder, and while it's possible to borrow some of them in a pinch, the swords she makes for the heroines can only be handled by them alone. In addition, she forges the weapons through dance and her own will rather than with a hammer and anvil—in the middle of a forest known for canceling out all forms of magic, no less.
- In the anime series, Presea's Angsty Backup Twin Sierra cannot make weapons, but she can repair them following a similar process.
- Aries Mu from Saint Seiya, the only person able to fix heavily damaged Saint Clothes... at very high prices. Not because he's evil (he is not), but because the main requirement is to give out lots of your own blood. Shiryu does it once and almost dies.
- After the concluding of Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa made a side-story chapter where this trope applies. After Al receives his old suit of armor in a package, he decides to turn the material of the armor into automail. In response, Winry takes him and Edward to the blacksmith, where Winry is acquainted with the men there. Who knew that the producing of automail steel actually had a back story? Huh.
- Queen's Blade has two of them: Ymir the dwarf (who isn't the same as the other dwarves), and Cattleya the supremely-endowed human. They had a duel to decide who is the Ultimate Blacksmith, and Cattleya came as the better one. This defeat seems to be one of the reason Ymir had a Face-Heel Turn in Rebellion.
- Tony Stark learned traditional blacksmithing techniques on a trip to Arthurian times, and has used them every so often since.
- The 1940s Batman Newspaper Comics had a storyline in which Bats' secret identity was put into a Bruce Wayne Held Hostage situation by being handcuffed to a kidnapping victim. Fortunately they were able to find a friendly female blacksmith who was quick on the uptake when gangsters followed the couple.
- Fulliautomatix in the Astérix comics.
- John Henry Irons, a.k.a. Steel from the DC Universe often invokes blacksmithing in addition to his folkloric image (see his first and middle names). He is notable for hand-forging the plating of most of his Powered Armor.
- Blacksmith Felix Quintero becomes the outlaw Moonstalker in Topps Comics Zorro series. (He was intended to eventually become an ally of Zorro's but the series ended before that could happen.)
- Iron Mask, a western villain from Marvel Comics, was a blacksmith who built himself a suit of bulletproof armour. Originally appearing in Kid Colt, he would eventually end up fighting The Avengers.
- Io from Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman run is the Amazonian blacksmith. She forges weapons for Wonder Woman out of not only metal, but also the essence of truth.
- Blacksmith "Boom Boom" Brown was the partner of Marvel Comics Western character the Two-Gun Kid.
- An older British comic entitled The Hammer Man featured a spectacularly strong medieval blacksmith called Chel Puddock who, over the course of the series, defeated knights, was himself knighted, led rebellions against corrupt barons and eventually rose to be a lord.
- Blacksmith Smurf of The Smurfs.
Fairy Tales and Folklore
- Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean was a (surprisingly stringy) swordsmith, though he dumped the profession once an opportunity arose.
- Balian (like Will, played by Orlando Bloom) was a blacksmith in Kingdom of Heaven. He dumped the profession after murdering a priest and fleeing to Jerusalem as a Crusader. He later picked it back up for good.
[on being asked if he is THE Balian of Jerusalem]
Balian: I am the blacksmith.
Richard the Lionheart: I am the King of England.
- Kate, the farrier from A Knight's Tale, is the Wrench Wench version.
- Dr. Brown in Back To The Future Part III: "I'm a scient... I mean, a blacksmith"
- Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill was the greatest swordsmith in the world until he promised God he'd stop; his breaking of that vow resulted in the finest weapon he ever crafted.
- Domingo Montoya, the swordmaker from The Princess Bride, whose murder by Count Rugen would send his son Inigo on a quest for revenge.
- John Rambo seems to have picked up some metal working skill during his 20 years of residence in Thailand, as he is shown making the blade for a boat rotor and later on smashing a leaf spring into a large knife in the latest movie.
- A deleted scene for Rambo III demonstrated this as well, and it is obvious why it was cut. The knife Rambo forges here (using soft, delicate lovetaps with a mallet) is practically a sword and features craftsmanship more suitable for someone who's dedicated their life to the trade, rather than a Vietnam vet living in a monastery. In a way, the two scenes contrast the differences between the commercial, glossy, and pompous Rambo III and the grittier, darker and simpler Rambo.
- As in the comic book, Tony Stark forges himself a high-tech suit of armor IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS! While it includes high-tech weaponry and an impossibly powerful arc generator, he spends a good bit of time pounding out the metal armor.
- The titular main character from The Man with the Iron Fists was a blacksmith who made weapons for the various clans in China.
Mythology and Religion
- Hephaestus, blacksmithnote to the Greek gods, and his Latin counterpart Vulcan.
- Most fantasy dwarves have this in their makeup somewhere, though they also often work in much more exotic materials. This goes right back to Norse Mythology, the dwarves Brokk and Eiti who forged treasures for the Aesir, including Thor's hammer.
- Wayland the Smith (also known as Volundr) from Norse, Germanic and Old English legends was the creator of magic rings and the swords of heroes.
- Seppä Ilmarinen from The Kalevala. Seppä translates to Smith.
- In Persian Mythology, Kaveh the blacksmith led an uprising that overthrew the evil demon king, Zahhak. The Derafsh-e Kaviani, used as a battle standard and as a symbol of Iran, is said to be based on the design of Kaveh's apron. Ferdowsi retells the story in The Shahnameh.
- Yoruba mythology (and by extension its American derivitives, such as voodoo) has Ogun, a particularly fiery deity whose favorite libation is burning rum.
- On the Discworld, there's Jason Ogg, son of Nanny Ogg, who's so good at his craft that he's the only one Death trusts to shoe his horse. The downside is, well, he has to shoe Death's horse.
- He also shoes a unicorn. He has to use silver shoes and nails, and remarks that they won't last very long.
- On the other hand, the reward for being the best blacksmith in the world is being the best blacksmith in the world. As in, being the best obligates you to always be the best. If someone brings him something and asks for it to be shoed, Jason must shoe it. He's even put shoes on an ant that some friends brought to him as a joke.
- Eskarina Smith's father in Equal Rites was a blacksmith
- Possibly Galder Weatherwax.
- In Unseen Academicals, smithing is one of Nutt's many talents. He needs to the Horseman's Word to keep from frightening off the horses, but he's very good.
- Theros Ironfeld in the Dragonlance novels. Blacksmith of the town of Solace, gets his smithing arm cut off by a sadistic hobgoblin. When next he shows up, Theros has a magic arm made of silver to replace it, and forges dragonlances for a living. Cool, huh?
- Blacksmiths are specifically mentioned in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a good source of allies - their daughters tend to be beautiful and any orphans they raise automatically become heroes with mysterious lost pasts.
- Gendry from A Song of Ice and Fire is a perfect example of the secret legacy variant mentioned above. Donal Noye is a retired smith with one arm ...who killed the King of the Giants.
- One of the aspects of the "Seven" is that of a blacksmith. Although some septons(the Westerosi equivalent of priests) preach that "The Smith" can be seen in other occupations as well..the fact that the blacksmith is the general image for this deity speaks volumes about how important the trade is to this type of society.
- Durnik was a smith who married Polgara in The Belgariad. He gave her delicate roses... of steel. Especially impressive when you consider he only used magic to give them color, smell, and perhaps rust-proof them and The ended up with a whole garden full.
- Perrin from The Wheel of Time. A recurring theme in the series is Perrin hesitating between the life of a blacksmith and a warrior. Robert Jordan actually researched blacksmithing, and depictions of Perrin working are meticulously accurate (except for a minor error or two that were corrected in later editions.)
- Also noteworthy is that blacksmiths are given special eminence in the culture of the Aiel, a Proud Warrior Race. They're the only members of the society not expected to take up arms in a fight, and are similarly immune to attacks from a rival clan. Killing a blacksmith is possibly the most heinous crime the Aiel recognise, except possibly for killing a child.
- Charity Carpenter in The Dresden Files.
- Also a former Wrench Wench, since her skill is justified by her having worked on custom motorcycles before she got married. An unusual example, because in addition to steel she works with titanium, Kevlar, and ceramic strike plates.
- She learned all of that because she's the married version of the Violently Protective Girl Friend, and is going to make her husband as safe as she can. (She's also very much the Mama Bear. It's just not safe to mess with her family.)
- Daja from Circle of Magic is a blacksmith, and her magic is tied into her smithing.
- This is specifically cited as Fetish Fuel by Rizu, who says that part of the reason she's attracted to Daja is that she's so strong and makes beautiful things.
- Daja's teacher Frostpine is also a metalsmith, and one of the Great Mages in their world.
- In Nick Kyme's Warhammer 40,000 novel Salamander, Dak'ir does blacksmithing to purge his soul after troubling events.
- One of these shows up in the Warhammer 40,000 novel Hammer of Daemons and is commanded to provide Alaric with equipment. Given that he has the Black Carapace and is dark-skinned, it's implied but not outright said that he was ex-Salamander.
- J. R. R. Tolkien knew the importance of the blacksmith in legend and used them a lot.
- In The Silmarillion, pretty much any given Elf will have forged some weapon at some point or another in their career. The Noldorin elves in particular are noted for their ability at smithing. Most notable is Fëanor, who created the Silmarils, forged the first weapons in Valinor, and was even trained by the God of Smithcraft Aulë. Sauron was also trained by Aulë (before transferring his allegiance to Melkor) and had his fair share of metalworking. The Dwarven race, having been created by Aulë, also fits this trope, almost even moreso than the Elves. The go-to guy for really good blades seems to have been Telchar the Dwarf: he forged both Narsil and Angrist, the knife which cut the Silmaril from Morgoth's crown.
- The blacksmith in Farmer Giles of Ham is a morose man who always predicts everything will fail and is only happy when his doomsayings come true. Pointing out that he is just a village toolmaker, not an armourer, he is unable to make real armour or a shield for the Anti-Hero Giles. He cobbles together some sort of rings attached to a leather coat, however. (Giles doesn't need a weapon - it's that damned magic sword he was given that forces him to become a dragonslayer.)
- In Smith of Wootton Major, Smith himself.
- In the Alfred series by Bernard Cornwell, the protagonist/narrator Uhtred wields a pair of loving crafted swords, made for him by his Northumbrian castle's blacksmith, Eadwulf.
- In Lloyd Alexander's Taran Wanderer, (fourth in the Chronicles of Prydain) Taran briefly stays with a blacksmith who fits this trope description to a T. He teaches Taran how to forge his own sword, and, like the weaver and potter that Taran also stayed with, offers Taran his own philosophy of life.
- Rhunön from Inheritance Cycle.
- Smithmaster Agella from the Shadowleague books.
- Hammersmith in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
- In Tiger Eye, heroine Dela is a rare and peculiar modern smith. She sculpts in metal as well as making commission weapons, and the plot kicks off when one of her weapons is discovered to have been used in a murder.
- Cavallo takes this role in the Conn Iggulden's Emperor books; the Romans do have blacksmiths, but Cavallo is the one who shows them how to make steel.
- Two major characters, and several minor ones, in L.E. Modessit's The Saga Of Recluce practice blacksmithing as their profession. Not just weapons, but tools and various other odds and ends. One of the most realistic depictions of the craft in fiction.
- The Dwarves by Marcus Heistz features a blacksmith as the protagonist.
- In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, the father of the kidnapped boy.
- Belisarius in Belisarius Series wishes he was a blacksmith. Instead he is forced by his position to take up another profession that uses iron a lot.
- Karis in the Elemental Logic series is an accomplished blacksmith. She's also an earth witch, and she's aware of what happens to every tool she makes(which is why she makes weapons only for her True Companions).
- Marunde in Someone Else's War fits this trope in role and attitude, but instead of swords he's making grenade launchers.
- Joe Gargery from Great Expectations.
- In the Chivalric Romance Sir Isumbras, Isumbras is reduced to menial work as the blacksmith. However, he makes himself armor, and when some characters, as a jest, give him a horse, he distinguishes himself at the tourney.
- Saaski's adoptive father Yanno from The Moorchild is the local blacksmith. This leads to some problems, because Saaski, as a changeling, is terrified of iron.
- The heroine of the Meg Langslow mysteries by Donna Andrews is a modern-day blacksmith.
- Sir Derek's brother Baldric in Sir Derek And The Faeries is known to be one of the best smiths in the kingdom
Live Action TV
- Burt Reynolds played blacksmith Quint Asper for three years on Gunsmoke.
- In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Princess Atalanta is a blacksmith instead of a huntress for some reason.
- Probably because she's played by former Ms. Olympia Corey Everson.
- Gwen's father on Merlin. There's also an official royal swordsmith mentioned.
- Anyone with high Craft (Fire) in Exalted would qualify. This subset of the Craft skill is used for everything from horseshoes to daiklaves. The setting also contains other, weirder smiths, such as the notoriously unreliable and sex-crazed demon-dwarves known as heranhal, or Alveula, Keeper of the Forge of Night, a powerful demon who smelts humans into equipment and carries a hammer about the same size as herself.
- Also Autochton, a Primordial (godlike being older than gods) also known as the Great Maker or the King of Craftsmen and whose classical representation is a one-eyed smith hammering a daiklaive.
- Anyone in Mage: The Awakening with at least middling skill in Matter can become The Blacksmith, verging on Ultimate Blacksmith at higher proficiency. Materials can be shaped and reinforced; alloys can be formed that would not naturally hold together; and, with other arcana included, alchemically perfected metals can be produced and forged into intrinsically magical alloys. Special mention goes to the Forge Masters legacynote , who make equipment for the Adamantine Arrow shock troops.
- Vulkan, the primarch of the Salamanders in Warhammer 40,000 was raised as a blacksmith on his home planet, and his chapter has kept this tradition alive in the millennia since. In addition to forging and maintaining their own gear, The Salamanders also tend to favor flamethrowers, meltaguns, and energized hammers in combat.
- This has practical applications to their role as defenders of humanity as well; they are the only chapter able (and willing) to help rebuild essential infrastructure when the fighting is over.
- There are at least a couple of blacksmiths in the Final Fantasy series, starting with the dwarf who forges Excalibur in the first game.
- Zappa from Chrono Cross (his wife has a similar build).
- Watts from Secret of Mana.
- Recruiting at least one blacksmith happens in every Suikoden game, and is vital to getting your weapons to their highest potential.
- Patapon has a former Dekapon (The Mighty Glacier class) who would help the player turn ore to alloys (useful) or mythical ores to powerful weapons and armour. In the sequel he demands some kaching to forge nicer items.
- Dojima the blacksmith from Way of the Samurai 1 and 2. He also fights with his hammer and tongs, which you can take from him, if you kill him.
- The Summon Night: Swordcraft Story trilogy. Smithing is Serious Business.
- Also the dwarf from Record of Lodoss War. I forgot what his default name is however.
- At least in the anime, his name is Ghim. Dunno about other Lodoss-related media
- Sophitia's off-screen husband Rothion, in Soul Calibur. Sophie's god and mentor Hephestus explicitly asked him to forge sacred weapons for his warrior girlfriend/later wife, which he promptly did. Twice.
- Griswold in the first Diablo game.
- Suceeded in the second game by: Charsi (Rogue Encampment), Fara (Lut Gholein), Hratli (Kurast), Halbu (Pandemonium Fortress) and Lazurk (Harrogath). The first two are females of the Wrench Wench variety.
- Haedrig Eamon from Diablo III
- Thief's Hammerite faction are very enamored of The Blacksmith. The guards may not smith on a daily basis but several religious texts found in-game make it clear that someone cannot progress from being a novice of the order without proving their skill in blacksmithing and stonemasonry.
- Ragnarok Online has its own variety of the Blacksmith as a class, both capable of forging weapons, refining metals, and just plain causing mayhem. It also has a few Ultimate Blacksmiths making appearances in quests, especially the famed God Items quests.
- Every fort in Dwarf Fortress values its skilled smiths. There are Blacksmiths, who make large objects and furniture from metal, Metalcrafters, who make smaller trade goods, and most importantly, Weaponsmiths and Armorsmiths. Players tend to cultivate these, letting no other dwarves do any smithing work and producing obscene amounts of weapons from crappy metals in order to train a smith up to Legendary skill, at which point the smith cranks out high-quality items (which do more damage or provide more protection) at an impressive rate. Because it takes so long to train a smith to Legendary, these dwarves are highly valued and protected. Of course, once they're legendary and have made masterwork equipment for all your troops, there's not much more for them to do but make replacement equipment for when your dwarves inevitably dodge an attack and fall off of a bridge into the fortress's lava moat.
- Also, the "strange moods" of DF cause a dwarf to produce a legendary artifact in some craft that they have skill in, even dabbling skill, and become legendary in that skill. A lot of players exploit this and assign all peasants to make a few weapons or armor so that they'll have dabbling armor- or weaponsmith skill. Then they go back to farming or hauling crap around, skills which do not tap into strange moods, and if they get a mood they'll be guaranteed to make an artifact weapon or armor and become legendary.
- World of Warcraft features Blacksmithing as a learnable profession for Player Characters, as well as a wealth of Blacksmith NPCs in every major city, many towns, and even randomly in the wilderness, some of whom will offer to teach Blacksmith PCs exclusive recipes as quest rewards. Characters who learn Blacksmithing produce metal weapons and armor, various metal items used by other professions, and various weapon and armor enhancing items. At higher levels, Blacksmiths have the option to undergo quest chains to specialize in weapon or armor smithing.
- As of the Burning Crusade expansion, the Weaponsmith and Armorsmith specializations can only be used to create specialty weapons and armor for yourself. The specialty items a weaponsmith or armorsmith makes cannot be given to any other character. Ironic, considering that the dwarf in Ironforge who offers the Weaponsmith quest tells you about how lucrative it is to sell your weaponsmithing products.
- Quest for Glory II has Isurr, Quest for Glory V had Pholus.
- Archer from Fate/stay night is described as a "blacksmith hero" at one point. His Noble Phantasm, a Reality Marble called Unlimited Blade Works, is essentially a gigantic workshop that eternally cranks out weapons of war he can then manifest in the real world. While it is possible for him to create his own unique weapons, he has never applied himself in this way — all his creations are duplicates of other weapons.
- Mabinogi and its prequel Vindictus both feature blacksmith Fergus. In the latter, he's the only blacksmith available to craft weapons and armour. In the former, he's one of several; and is the worst, clumsiest, least-reliable of the lot.
- In both games, the character has the opportunity to learn blacksmithing skills. In Vindictus, the character has to specialize in a particular type of blacksmithing — weapons or armour, not both. In Mabinogi, the character not only learns to craft both weapons and armour, but also everyday tools (including the hammer required to practice the skill).
- The Sims Medieval: One of the ten available Hero Sims is The Blackmsith, whose duties are to craft weapons, armor, magic staves, and help the kingdom fend off occasional dance-crazed Golems.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Every Harvest Moon game is guaranteed to have an old guy (cool or crusty) who will upgrade your farming tools for the right price.
- Every Rune Factory game has a blacksmith, all but one of which is talked about as though they're a master craftsman. The one who isn't praised is more into building golems, and does smith work on the side. Only one of the smiths who is praised can actually make decent weapons. He's also the only dwarf smith. It's his only dwarven trait.
- Also, you can become one yourself after you purchase an extension for your house.
- The Black Hammer of Dark Siders is an immortal who forges weaponry for anyone if he feels up to it. Usually the forces of Heaven or the Horsemen.
- In Infinity Blade III, Isa rescues Jensen the blacksmith from his tower prison in the third act. Jensen can upgrade mastered equipment, improving their stats and allowing them to be mastered again. He also repairs the Redeemer, which Siris uses to erase the Worker's memories in the final battle.
- In Weapon Shop de Omasse, you are the blacksmith who makes the weapons used by heroes on their quests.
- In the Atelier series' Arland trilogy, Hagel can make weapons and armor for the protagonist if she brings him the proper metal or cloth.
- There are a total of three playable smith classes in Final Fantasy XIV, the blacksmith who specializes in weapons, armorsmiths who create armor, and goldsmith who create various accessories.
- Pella from Looking for Group left blacksmithing behind when she came through time to join the heroes. When she later decided that she had no choice but to assault a heavily fortified prison she chose to go with a set of custom made weapons from a smith of ancient times, namely herself. Working at the forge also made time for some Back Story.
- In Next Town Over, the town of Sun Prairie has one. Vane Black takes the smithy from him after shooting off his fingers.
- Wayward Sons: Phastus has taken this role since developing the ability to manipulate metal.
- Homestar Runner has a blacksmith character- The Poopsmith originated as a joke where they met him right after the blacksmith. The blacksmith has shown up once or twice since then.
- A Simpsons-episode with Bart and a girl as fugitives from prison, features a blacksmith that frees them from their cuffs. (By forging a fitting key!) And it's a very stereotypical blacksmith, his character design would probably fit for any of the guys in this article's folklore section: Muscular, with thick grey beard, and even rousing music accompanying his scene!
- Bengali from ThunderCats was a blacksmith, and one of the few people who could fix the Sword of Omens. He also made his own magic hammer. Bengali is also regard as one the physically strongest Thundercats next to Panthro.
- Hephaestus appeared in an episode of Justice League Unlimited, making Ares a suit of living armor. He also reveals he's the one to build Wonder Woman's equipment.
- Masamune Goro, the Japanese blacksmith who was famed for the "spiritual quality" of his work. He supposedly spent 100 days meditating under a waterfall to purify his spirit before forging a katana.
- Muramasa is said to have infused every sword he made with his violent rage. Although Muramasa is often portrayed as Goro's pupil, the two lived about two centuries apart.
- The Javanese keris usually have it in their myths about how their blacksmith must perform a spiritual act (usually involve fasting and meditating in remote places) before they can begin forging. It only strengthen folk beliefs about how the keris are magic blades (of the "possessed by a powerful entity" variety).
- Many modern artisans from all over the world make armors and weapons for ornation purposes. Their skills are invaluable for small scale production of weaponry or machinery of utmost quality and a price to match, like some modern hunting firearms and bladed weapons. It's simply impossible to manufacture in an industrial environment a device which needs months or years of careful fitting and finishing.
- Andrew Ferrara may have been a sword-maker in Scotland in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Whether he actually existed is debatable, but it is known that extremely well-made Scottish broadswords have his name inscribed on their blades.
- Blacksmiths in Scotland actually performed marriage ceremonies for couples, especially younger couples who fled from England against their parent's wishes. When the smith struck two interlocking bands on his anvil, the couple was married, often to the consternation of their respective parent sets.