I met a blacksmith at a Christmas party the other day.
Not the usual meet cute, I grant you.
His name was Tom, and he’s not just any old blacksmith – he makes customised armour for battle re-enactments.
I’d assumed the armour used for such purposes was plastic, but no, it’s actual armour, manufactured from steel, and making it and selling it is quite the endeavour.
It takes 2-3 months to prepare most orders (with their biggest order taking 18 months to complete).
There’s more demand than supply in the UK, so they get plenty of work, but I wondered whether there might be competition from overseas.