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Nathan Cole is a metal artist and blade smith


Last updated 12/23/2017 at Noon

Iron artist and blade smith Nathan Cole hammers a glowing hot piece of iron on an anvil to create a knife blade. Courtesy photo

Creating things out of metal has been the work of smiths since ancient times, making tools, jewelry, containers and artistic items. With new discoveries came new uses and new alloys: gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron and bronze, and each had its own distinct properties.

Man discovered that some metals were more useful for certain jobs than others. Gold and silver are very soft metals mostly used for decoration or made into items for trade. Copper could be hardened by hammering or forging, and it was used for tools like utensils, knives and scrapers. Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin,...

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