A great deal of knifemaking is understanding the relationship, manipulation, combination, working, and finishing of a great variety of materials. You could say that knifemaking is perhaps the most wide ranging materials craft known. The Bladesmith uses time-honored techniques of hammer and anvil, and forges a blade using heat in an open-air forge and process. The Bladesmith blades are hammered out of stock, or heat-forged and welded from various steels and only use low alloy steels and plain carbon steels.