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Blacksmiths work with "black" metals, especially iron. The black color comes from a layer of oxides that form on the surface of the metal during heating (called fire scale).

The term "smith" originates from the word "smite", which means to hit. Thus, a blacksmith is a person who smites the black metals.

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Taken on October 7, 2007