I read a trilogy of books 5-10 years ago (it could have been an old story by then though) and went to recommend to a friend - but I can't for the life of my remember the author/titles.
In this world, magic and blacksmithing are linked somehow - "mastersmiths"enchant their creations while making them. There are few true "mastersmiths" who can craft in this way, and are held in high, almost god-like esteem.
What I remember:
The main protagonist is recruited by a mastersmith who teaches him the trade
it turns out this master is a bad guy, and he was helping him build some mega-sword of super-death
Later in the story he goes into a sort of self-imposed exile, not making anything too fancy
until someone talks him out of it? I think?
I'm hazy on the main plot details in this one, but
near the end of the book, he forges what to modern eyes would be an iron-man suit, possibly fighting a dragon...
Can anyone help?