advice on tools in Machinery General Discussions Posted May 17 Dawson, Blacksmithing shapes steel into everything from tools, to chandeliers, to gates, to statues, to swords and knifes, to small delicate jewelry. And the tools required vary just as greatly.. If you were making gates and large pieces an air hammer would be helpful, knifes a grinder, statues a good welding rig. Ect. It's not possable to be specific in an answer for you without knowing which facet of the craft you are going to focus on.