It is not for nothing called „Iron Age“. The art of making iron originates – like many developments – from the Near East. In the Southern Netherlands, for tools and weapons, often wood and stone were used, occasionally bronze. When iron was introduced, it still meant a great luxury of having it, even though it did not need to be imported, like bronze. The source material, the bog iron ore, originated in the swamps in the local environment. Producing iron was an art which not every farmer masterd, so to say „the blacksmith’s secret“.