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A blacksmith is a person who shapes metal into a variety of objects. The blacksmith heats and forges metal to the required form using hammers and an anvil. A variety of other tools are used to punch holes, round edges or cut shapes. The metal is then dipped into water — referred to as "quenching" — to provide the required degree of hardness and remove stress.

The metal most commonly used is iron. Some examples of items made are horseshoes, fences and gates, andirons, plow blades, various farm implements, knives, armor, swords, and kitchen utensils.

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