Because they work with expensive metal, smiths need a deal of capital to start in business as masters. Since they are perforce wealthy wealthy, master smiths are very respectable. They are often important citizens in large towns and small cities. Smiths who do work in precious metals (most of it decorative) are generally the richer, and may double as bankers, but more mystique attaches to the blacksmiths who forge steel.

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