Right, so I have been attempting to find some information for a fantasy book I am writing (for myself and friends) and an important part of it is where the characters beceome blacksmiths. Now in order to do this properly I wanted to find out proper techniques and methods as to how blacksmiths during "the old days" i.e. what fantasy usually adheres to in terms of technology level used to work the metals and make what they wanted. So what I am asking is to be provided with any information or pointed in the right direction as to where I might acquire information with all the technical details (what method is good for what type of weapon and specific use, how to heat the forge, etc) on how a blacksmith did his work. Also information on different steel types (other metals possibly) and which steel is better for what situation would be helpful aswell. I believe an example I can give is how Damascus steel is superior to Wootz steel or Quench-hardened steel. How to spot good metals/ores aswell. If you need anymore clarification please ask.