I was always interested in learning more about this. Reddit has a small (but possibly dying?) sub-reddit dedicated to blacksmithing, and I discovered it a month or so ago. It sounds really easy to start out, and you can practically build your own forge out or a brake drum and a propane tank with a little piping and some cinder blocks. Anyways, I was bored one night and decided to read through the "Beginner's Manual" as it were, and it was really appealing to me. I figure, I could at least learn a trade in the massive amount of downtime I have, as opposed to sitting on my ass doing nothing. The more I learn about smithing, the more I want to try it. I have some funds in savings that I can use for it, but I want to gather as much info as possible before I start. I like the idea of being able to make my own tools and do repairs on metalwork, and at higher levels being able to create weaponry and/or armoring. It might be a shot in the dark, but does anyone here have any experience smithing? I can probably find everything I need on reddit, but i'd prefer to ask around here first. Also here's a (long, but good) video of a guy making a straight razor from start to finish, including chemical etching. I want to be able to do this. It's amazing.