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Seiken no Katanakaji  
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Description
A generation ago, an abominable war foisted a "devil's contract" upon the soldiers of countries warring on a single continent. In the middle of the legacies of that war, Cecily Campbell, a daughter of a noble house with diminished power, joined the knighthood of the free city she lives in.

One day Cecily encounters a man who dispatches some hoodlums with one sweep of a mysterious sword. The man possesses the power on the same level of the "devil's contract" that has become taboo, now that peace has been restored. Cecily has been searching for a blacksmith who can repair an old sword she inherited from her father, and that mysterious young man happens to be a grumpy blacksmith named Luke. This encounter launches their adventures together.

From the English publisher of The Sacred Blacksmith, Seven Seas:

Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the knighthood and joined the ranks of the Knight Guards of Housman. Eager to do her heritage proud and defend her city, Cecily rushes to the marketplace to stop a madman from terrorizing the populace. She quickly realizes, however, that she is hopelessly outmatched and ill-prepared for an actual fight. A lone figure named Luke Ainsworth swoops to the rescue, a swordsman and blacksmith of much renown, who will repair the broken sword Cecily has inherited from her father and take her down a road of perilous adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Божественный Кузнец
圣剑锻造师
聖剣の刀鍛冶
สงครามดาบศักดิ์สิทธิ์
성검의 블랙스미스
Seiken no Blacksmith
Seiken no Katanakaji (Blacksmith)
Seiken no Swordsmith
The Sacred Blacksmith
The Sacred Sword's Blacksmith
The Sword Blacksmith

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.40 by CXC Scans (142d ago)
v.8 c.39 by CXC Scans (209d ago)
v.8 c.38 by CXC Scans (422d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (268 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.06 / 10.0
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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Alive (Media Factory)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Seven Seas (4 Volume - Ongoing)
Tokyopop (Cancelled)

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Weekly Pos #678 increased(+229)
Monthly Pos #1087 increased(+111)
3 Month Pos #1358 decreased(-20)
6 Month Pos #1303 decreased(-535)

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Really Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
June 4th, 2013, 1:47pm
Don't be fooled by the Main Female lead incompetence early on, because she develops into one of the most Strongest Female characters and a self dependent one too which is a rarity for the "Damsel in distress" Genre, The series also changes it's tone from Light to Dark as it progresses (especially 20+ chapters where it takes serious turn)

The plot is simple, the characters are relatable especially the male and female Lead....what's more we have a Budding Romance going between the two which spices things up much more

overall it was a good read, but i am afraid this is heading down the "Tragic" Route (only time will tell)
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I liked it   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by FinnFish
April 30th, 2012, 6:43pm
I don't know about anything at all about the criterias needed the edequatly rate this seriers - I always go with my feeling. So I quite liked this manga. The Story is thrillling, and the characters (mostly) lovable - well there are exceptions. And I like the female main character, well yes most of the time I just wanted to scream at her to do something, but most of the time she did something. And that's more than I can say about some other female main character. At the beginning the story was really quit bright, but with later chapters (I think i noticed it at chapter 21) it grows darker. The drawings are clean I liked them, but really like they say "beauty lies in the eye of the beholder".
So the finish my first comment (yay) It's a good manga, if you like this combintion of genres.
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not reading that far   
Rating: N/A
by yuno19
February 4th, 2012, 12:40am
but as far as I read (three first chapters in full dedication, and another three chapter in half assed assessment-intent), it comes to me that the manga try to tell story of knight and would-be her blacksmith with magical feudal era as its background. my comment would be, (1) nice introduction to feudal system, though it holds so little meaning and not-seriously used as story element, (2) not very new magic battle system, (3) lame romance comedy and weak character design, i afraid it would fall into romance-comedy stereotype. i believe each manga intended to its target audience. this one simply not for me.

... Last updated on February 4th, 2012, 12:41am
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The Scared Blacksmith   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
November 4th, 2011, 8:29am
Luke seems like he is scared of something .....
ch23 answered about the alleged rape scene it wasn't (Luke insulted Siegfried about his condition)
and had one of the most manliest and bloody duel i've seen (not overly gorish and no cheap violence) but emotionally charged and suicidal
and on the romantic side it was moving and real (i can relate to that while not lot of manga can do that)

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2012, 2:03pm
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To jandalman and all others.   
Rating: N/A
by Amaimon00
August 23rd, 2011, 5:20am
I actually kinda like this series. While I disagree with many of the jeers given to it, I have to admit it does lack a lot of definition. Also, the so-called 'rape scene' isn't what it appears to be. It leaves a lot of evidence of it being such, but then again, siegfried did say he was ' not interested' and that his body was 'indifferent'. Cecily was just being an emo drama queen about it. She realized she was too weak and frail to go up against that man. Still, I look forward to seeing how that woman-beating bastard gets his. I cannot stand guys like him. Being a man myself, I find stuff like that utterly ugly, disgusting and cowardly. Though the whole thing was a plot device to show how cecily will overcome herself and her insecurities, I still find it was lacking.
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Seems to fight definition.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
August 22nd, 2011, 11:37pm
This is a strange series and pretty different from the fluffy anime. To give you a sense of what it is like so far, it's like looking at a comic about funny puppies in love, said puppies then fighting radioactive sewer monsters and then seeing a few puppies getting skinned, butterflied and salt cured for fun. The combination is jarring so it certainly isn't for everyone. The frequent cliffhangers doesn't help alleviate the tension either.

For those who like the thrills though, this is pretty solid. The art is good and the setting isn't bad. The villains are about as evil as you can get. The hero and heroines can be annoying though since they all have serious issues ranging from inferiority complexes to PTSD to homicidal tendencies that makes them incompetent. I'm okay with flawed heroes but these get a bit too emo for my taste.

In a lot of ways, the setting and setup seems a lot more interesting than the story so far. There are hints about magic, alien entities, warring governments and political intrigue but the plot almost always devolves into simple bloody melees. Well drawn melees but still, the story feels like it isn't fulfilling its full potential.

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2011, 11:38pm
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Pathetic.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
August 18th, 2011, 7:32am
The latest chapter (21) is just disgusting in so many ways. The protagonists are weak in both personality and willpower; the plot is really not moving anywhere and to top it of there's the rape imagery. Seriously what the f**k is up with that? There can be other ways to portray the villain as the douche he is but does it have to be by brutally beating up the female heroine and ripping her clothes of? The only solace I get from this is that it wasn't an 8 chapter long rape scene like it was in Wolf Guy.

EDIT: I said rape "imagery" not an actual rape scene. People are concentrating on the wrong part of my sentence about it above. The fact still remains that the man was very close to breaking her through physical and mental humiliation. He may not have raped her but the imagery has strong rape undertones, at least to me. I guess I may just be a little sensitive when it comes to anything about men cruelly dominating women whether fiction or not. That kind of crap is just plain wrong.

... Last updated on January 12th, 2012, 3:03am
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It was good, but...   
Rating: N/A
by Sukets
August 15th, 2011, 2:28pm
This manga is starting to piss me off. It was good till chapter 16 or something, but lately, just gets annoying. The heroine is so cliche, I kinda hate this type of characters. If the series were just the little girl and the artisan, It would be a LOT better.
And the story just gets more and more cliche over time.

I hate stories where the progress is based on characters that talk without thinking.
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Kinda like it.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by panos
March 16th, 2011, 2:47pm
A few words about this series.
The artist is a God!Pretty clean artwork on the faces of the characters,especially when you look at the older characters on later chapters you will get my point.
The design of the monsters has also the artist's personal style.
What mostly impressed me though are the back rounds and the way the panels are set.All in all a very organized job.A 10/10 for the artwork.Too bad that he still hasn't paired up with an equally worthy author.
The plot hasn't unfolded much and it's not sth exceptional in the first place.Fantasy elements with moe girls.Not bad,but i would prefer it to emphasize more on the events of the story.It could be much better, then this manga would be epic.I found it more interesting after volume one.But,the story progresses mostly at volume 4.
Worthy of your time but not as a first choice.
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boring   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bobcollege
January 16th, 2010, 12:02am
i dunno how this can be called seinen at all. the comedy is the same overdone kind of boloney you see in alot of shounen garbage. its a cute manga, but the "contracting" and sword making stuff is annoying. arts ok, just look at the cover and you get the idea.
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