The Laws of Blacksmithing

  1. If it's round, make it square.
  2. If it's square, make it round.
  3. The second one never matches the first.
  4. When you get burned it will be from black-hot iron.

The Zeroth Law of Blacksmithing: If it's straight, make it bent.

The Motto of Chesapeake Forge

What do you mean that's too cold? It's still a little red - I can get a few more hits in!

OR: I can get a few more blows in before the steel is really too cold.

OR: No steel is too cold to hit!

OR: What do you mean "I should heat the metal up more before I strike it?"