Metals

How do blacksmiths shape metal?
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  1. Traditionally, blacksmiths heated metal in a forge to make it more flexible. The blacksmith would then pound the metal into shape using some sort of hammer. Blacksmiths often used other tools to form the metal, as well - this is where the phrase "hammer and tongs," used to describe hard work, comes from. Today's blacksmiths often use machines to work metal.

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