About Blacksmith


Blacksmith desires to publish unique, useful, and factual informational products that aren’t available anywhere else. Blacksmith serves the needs of America’s warriors; intelligent, rugged individuals who readily accept responsibility and expect challenges.


Blacksmith came into existence in 2013 when Mike Blackburn joined Paul LeFavor as a partner in a book-publishing venture. The name and logo are emblematic of the mission and purpose of the company. The word “blacksmith” means, “one that forges and sharpens iron with an anvil and hammer.” Look closely at the base of the anvil that comprises the logo, Proverbs 27:17 is seen permanently etched into the metal. The Proverb states, “as iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens his fellow.”

As Special Forces veterans, the partners believe it is their duty to assist the next generation of America’s warriors in their individual pursuit of excellence. The partners are dedicated to “passing along” information that will benefit and assist the lives of those that have taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.


Their first book, US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook, is utilized by America’s special operations forces and is well on its way to becoming a nationally recognized best seller. Both men are graduates of the Special Forces Qualification Course and Ranger School and are veterans of various special operations units. The SUT handbook was long overdue. Every operator is expected to be a subject matter expert on all the topics covered in Blacksmith’s first book. This book is destined to become required reading for serious students of small unit tactics and ought to be included in the personal libraries of anyone involved in light infantry and special operations. This work set the tone for Blacksmith’s future; it would print specialized books that cannot be duplicated or found elsewhere.

Blacksmith continues to branch out to topics the partners feel are right for the times. Their second book, Iron Sharpening Iron, became available in 2014 and serves as a “cornerstone” for the company. Every year, Blacksmith adds titles covering a wide range of topics in order to better serve the interests and changing needs of their readers.


Blacksmith insists on quick, efficient customer service, fair prices, and an unconditional guarantee on every product. If for any reason a customer is dissatisfied with a product, Blacksmith will refund his money, no questions asked. To make sure these promises are met, Blacksmith will remain small and focused. The staff is a close-knit family activity dedicated to excellence; desiring to become progenitors of purpose-driven publishing.

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