A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

The Swordsmith and the sword
(A Beautiful Life)
by: Marion Kit

Note: Photos being used were from the net
Quoted Words/Texts are from John Clements, How were Swords are Really Made?

We are always amazed on how beautiful others life is. Sometimes we envy them for what they have and for what they have now and we see ourselves so pitiful cause we are experiencing pains, sufferings, and problems, and as if our world circles in these three and won't stop circling and circling and circling like a never ending cycle of pains, sufferings, problems...

A priest once told me a story about how to have a beautiful life and why others' life becomes so beautiful. Instead of telling me how, he told me how a beautiful sword was made...

(I can't remember his words verbatim-ly so I  rewrite the whole story... pardon my english, LOL!) 


"A swordsmith’s goal was to produce a sturdy fighting blade hard enough to hold a fine edge or point, yet was also resilient (able to flex under strain but immediately after return true). He was far more than a “blacksmith,” who would hammer out or cast common tools from soft iron. A swordsmith typically had to know how to make steel, the harder form of iron that contained minute traces of carbon (usually from charcoal). Steel, or carburized iron, enabled a metal blade to have a far sharper edge and to withstand much greater stress without breaking or staying bent." -John Clements, How Were Swords Really Made.

First, the swordsmith put the iron/metal in a blazing fire until the iron's skin becomes eaten by the fire and makes it soft. He needed just the right “color” of heat to keep the metal at just the right pliability.


Second, the swordsmith uses his hammer and tongs to form the glowing metal to it's to-be-form. Every time he hammered the metal, it deformed the latter. Imagine how painful it is.


Third, the glowing metal is again "soaked" on the highest degree of fire heat, then hammered again and again and again and again... a cycle of pain and sufferings.

John Clements said: "The swordsman shape his metal while red-hot by slowly and repeatedly hammering and re-heating until it was the length, width, and thickness he wanted. He had to work the sides, edges, and tang into shape, and none of which was entirely identical in its characteristics to the others."



Fourth, "When satisfied with the initial shape the swordsmith was far from finished. A finely crafted sword had to have just the right mix of good steel as well as just the right temper. Heat treatment was the final crucial step that gave the blade its strength and toughness. Heat-treating is really the whole process of quenching (or hardening) and tempering (or slightly softening). Tempering is really just the low-temperature re-heating of hardened yet still somewhat brittle steel (now called martinsite). In essence it’s the “relaxing” of the steel at a low temperature (as if baked in a kitchen oven). The higher the temperature or the longer a temperature is applied the more the metal’s structure is “relaxed,” thus making the blade tougher while somewhat softer." -John Clements


Once the sword is finished, one can see its beauty. 


God is our Swordsmith, we are the metal being formed into something beautiful. Pains, sufferings, and problems were our molder to be strong and to have a Beautiful Life. Quitters don't win... if we experience pain, sufferings, problems today, never give up. We are still in the process or in the making of The Beautiful Life.

~THANK YOU ~

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