About Blacksmith


Blacksmith desires to publish unique, useful, and factual informational products that aren’t available anywhere else. Blacksmith serves the needs of intelligent, rugged individuals who expect challenges in life.


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.” Blacksmith is in business to encourage individuals to capitalize on their God-given skills and unique talents, while assisting them in their pursuit of excellence.

The partners (a classic liberal and a social conservative) are both convinced political correctness is universally incorrect and that the secular humanist movement has had a net negative impact on younger generations and the country as a whole. Unfortunately, youth today are programmed “what” to think rather than taught “how” to think, and therefore find themselves intellectually dependent upon others for an opinion, and unable to debate even simple ideas.

As Special Forces veterans, the partners are classic individualists, skeptical of government and bureaucracies of all sorts and fierce defenders of the Constitution. Like most of their readers, they prefer to be left alone to pursue their livelihoods and their lives without undue restrictions or interference, and know the sole purpose of man is to walk in a familial relationship with God, not to serve government and its endless bureaucracies.


Their first book, US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook, has sold thousands of copies and is on its way to becoming a nationally recognized best seller. Both men are graduates of the Special Forces Qualification Course and veterans of various special operations units. The 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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