The number of people reblogging that post like “huh, I legit thought blacksmiths made swords” oh man fuck you Hollywood.
A very incomplete list of things traditionally made by blacksmiths:
farm implements, hinges, brackets, hooks, handles, latches, gates, fences, grilles, firedogs, pokers, ladles, shovels, railings, grates, hammers, chisels, chains, trivets, trammel hooks, tripods, spits, spatulas, spoons, sculptures, nails, all the metal bits of wagons and boats, pots, pans, boot scrapers…
Not swords, because then they would be swordsmiths. Were/are there people who could do both? Sure. Think of it like cooking and candymaking. Candymaking is a specialized subset of cooking. Just because you can cook doesn’t mean you know soft ball from hard crack, and just because you make candy doesn’t mean you’re fussed about making dinner.
Things currently made by blacksmiths: Whatever the fuck they feel like. Most blacksmiths are independent artists, frequently hobbyists, but contrary to the popular image blacksmithing is still a thriving craft. Modern blacksmiths often use large power tools rather than assistants.
A few things my husband has made under the cut, for fun.