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The blacksmith at Ratnapura, Ceylon 1903

A smithy at work in Ratnapura, Ceylon

A smithy at work in Ratnapura, Ceylon #IMG421

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1. Ashley de Vos - September 5, 2020

The black smith using a Mina Haammer or bellows to heat the flame. The steel could either be a piece of steel or a carbon steel ingot produced in a furnace located at the Balangoda edge of the southern escarpment using the south west monsoon winds to raise the heat to produce carbon steel. Bingham who wrote a paper to the Institute of Engineers compared the Kandyan sword and the Wilkingson sword. He concluded that the Kandyan sword was far superior.

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