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If SHTF and the world went to pot, having skills will definitely help you out in the world of barter and survival. Blacksmithing is one of the oldest still used skill s there is and it’s sad to say that not many of us actually know how to do it.
All you need is a forge, a hammer, and something flat and heavy to hammer your metal. This tutorial over at popular-mechanics shows you how to build a forge from items you may have lying around or could easily find on Craigslist for cheap.
They also show you how to fire the coal and have some basic metal skills you will need to know like bending, twisting, upsetting, flattening, and choosing the right steel.
Remember this will be a very valuable skill to know for a barter trade world. With blacksmithing knowledge, you could make weapons and fix metal for people that may have food and water.