About Us


Blacksmith desires to publish unique, useful, and factual informational products that aren’t available anywhere else. Though all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the products – they aren’t for the effeminate or lisping. Blacksmith is about rugged individualism and celebrates the traditions that make America great. Blacksmith exists to serve the needs of men and their families.


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.”

The partners are convinced that political correctness and the secular humanist movement have had a negative impact on the younger generations and the country as a whole; many today are poorly educated in failing schools, appear confused about what is “right and wrong” and obviously lack purpose in their life. As long as these negative forces exist, Blacksmith will provide counterandrogynist products that sharpen the minds of men and help to strengthen families, the armed forces, law enforcement, and first responders.

Their first book, US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook, by Paul LeFavor, proved that the philosophy was viable. 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 and provide products that cannot be duplicated or found elsewhere.


Blacksmith has, and will continue to branch out to topics the partners feel are right for the times. Their second book, Iron Sharpening Iron, by Paul LeFavor became available in 2014 and serves as the “cornerstone” for the company. As the interests and needs of families change over the years, Blacksmith’s titles will meet those needs and provide meaningful products.

As Special Forces veterans, the partners are classic individualists, skeptical of government and bureaucracies of all sorts and fierce defenders of the Constitution. After all, both took oaths to uphold and defend the People’s Contract with our government. 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.


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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