I am a Husband, Father, now Grandfather, Citizen, Veteran,and Master Mason. I have been a correctional officer for about 16 years. Previously owner/operator/teacher of an MMA school. I now only teach a kickboxing class one day a week. My interest in blacksmithing is mainly from a knife making point of view. My family is very rooted in working with their hands, my father has been in the mechanic/production industry for many years, and my grandfather has been in the wood making(millwright and so forth), and building maintenance for a life time. I can rely on them for question in their past careers, however I don't have any one with a metallurgical background to ask questions of. Thank you.