Precepts and Proverbs of Abydon
|Precepts and Proverbs of Abydon [WM1]|
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|"For every work there is a practice. Arm yourself with skill and temper your labors with patience.
Strike only when your medium is ready. Do not cold work plate.
Brittle steel is worse than a treacherous friend. Temper your work lest it shatter like glass.
Fools praise appearance, but the master praises strength.
True virtue lies in work well done. Pattern-welded steel shall be folded no fewer than seven times.
The finest smith cannot shape poor metals. Set your hand to steels that have been properly treated with charcoal.
Like a room full of discord is a forge with uneven heat. Do not let it pervert your metal.
As the blows of the hammer speak to the steel, so the color of the steel speaks to the smith.
Like a babe is heated steel, fragile and easily corrupted. Handle it gently, lest your haste twist and warp it.
Do not neglect work that lies hidden and unseen, for a shoddy tang can break the blade.
The wise smith works carefully and anneals but once. The careless smith weeps to find flaws after the steel has been hardened and tempered.
As a blade drawn in multiple heats is work done in its proper time."
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