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There is a lot I wanted to ask about, so I'll keep it short and too the point. Basically, I'm a newcommer in the bladesmithing hobby who has more ideas and thoughts than are good for him. Just so no one starts attacking me with their knives yet, here are the questions that seem at least somewhat to make sense: What is the difference in forging knives and forging swords? Do we use a different type of steel, is it file vs. hammer, does legnth and amount come into effect? Why is it suggested that I start out with knives rather than swords? Can we make ballistic knives? Throwing knives? Poisoned filled weapons? What type of swords do you make, which ones are more popular than the others, which ones perform the best (weight, legnth, appearence) Can I put a little bit of fiber optic through the sword to make it look better, and how will it effect performance? Halberds? Spears? Axes? Weapons with blades at both ends? How? Could I make a weapon out of something non-metal like plastic? Could I replace certain parts of the wepon? What regulations did you commonly find when you made these forges? What rules on where could you place it, what type of fuel to use, what protection it needs? How does it change in a urban area? What shape is the best (based on end product) in your forge? What types of fuel show the least amount of smoke (specific brands please). Which blades are the lightest? How could you tint the colour of a weapon to make it look, for example, blue? How does it effect performance? Thanks in advance, Sagun Singh.