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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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Associated Names
The Sacred Blacksmith

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.40 by CXC Scans over 4 years ago
v.8 c.39 by CXC Scans over 4 years ago
v.8 c.38 by CXC Scans over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

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

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (297 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.86 / 10.0
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November 4th 2017, 1:45pm PST



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English Publisher
Seven Seas (10 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

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Weekly Pos #675 decreased(-7)
Monthly Pos #932 increased(+214)
3 Month Pos #1534 decreased(-17)
6 Month Pos #1623 decreased(-120)
Year Pos #1352 increased(+122)

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The Sacred Blacksmith Manga Adaptation to End in 10th Volume over 3 years ago
hiatus over 5 years ago
Chapter 21 over 6 years ago

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Rating: N/A
by stuopidget
July 21st, 2009, 11:13am
Pretty fresh series so far. By fresh I don't mean groundbreaking new concept for plot, but more like taking the older elements and bringing it back out again.

If I have to compare this to another title I would say Slayers. While the comedy elements aren't as stronger as Slayers (there is still some here), there are beasts, elemental monsters, spell incantations, magic artifacts, wars and others.

For the first three chapters, there is pretty decent layout of the plot of the story. Granted, I still don't know what direction this manga will go but it's definitely worth checking out (especially a full frontal nude picture of the female main doesn't hurt either in chapter 3, which is the reason why I added ecchi in the category).

Art wise this is pretty generic in character design, but there are some pretty nice detail on the monster, which in turn make the battle scene SLIGHTLY harder to follow. The general environment and the feel of the flow from panel to panel's very fluid however. I rated this pretty high for the first three chapters but I can see people who absolutely abhor traditional formula for a fantasy story would rate this way down.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2009, 11:18am
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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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Worth your time   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by godgiven
December 10th, 2009, 9:05pm
Well it's pretty interesting even if you are not in with this kind of genre. What's really interesting is how the manga turned even funnier than the anime. It has the same elements and story line as the anime though a little bit darker but lighter in some scenes. But overall it's worth your time
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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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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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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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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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Action, Ecchi, and Romance...what else could you ask for?   
Rating: N/A
by puggadoki
September 12th, 2014, 1:28pm
I bought 7 volumes so far (yes I know there is 8, didn't have enough money) and this manga is great. The art style is superb, and there is boobs <3 XP So be warned. The action scenes are also amazing. The only downside is, if you actually buy the manga make sure to get it all at once. It can really pull you in, and leave you on a cliffhanger. If you decide to watch the anime, let me tell's definitely not as good as the manga. And i hope the manga will go past where the anime left off. (my opinion)
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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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