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Blacksmithing tools hang from a wooden post Feb. 11, 2017, in Suffolk, England. Blacksmithing began during the “Iron Age” and over the years the tools evolved to better assist the handler. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long) Defender by day, blacksmith by night
As the sweat rolls down his face, it collects in his thick, military groomed mustache. The U.S. Air Force technical sergeant pulls the glowing red metal out from the 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit forge and begins to work the steel. Holding the metal with tongs, he strikes it with a hammer. This process continues until the metal starts to take on the desired shape. Soon this chunk of steel is transformed into a shining knife.
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