A 33-year-old man has gained fame for crafting swords in a Henan farmhouse after giving up white-collar work five years ago, reports Tencent.
At the age of 28, the man lived a typical metropolitan existence and held stable employment as a mid-level manager at a state-owned enterprise, after previously selling golf products and doing contracting work for a fish pond. It was at this time that the man abandoned his routine existence and moved to a remote farmhouse in a wheat field to follow his dream of becoming a blacksmith.
The sword-enthusiast chose an ideal location to pursue his passion. The nearby town of Guying has a blacksmithing history dating back 2,000 years to the Han dynasty, and his new workshop is within a kilometre of the ancient site for iron manufacturing from the Han dynasty.
The man’s story would surely appeal to “Game of Thrones” fans, and the profitability of his enterprise may inspire others willing to escape the 9-5 rat race and create their own medieval-style niche. These splendid-looking swords sell for between 100,000 and 200,000 RMB (16,000 to 32,000 USD) apiece.
While we never knew the sword-smelting industry was so lucrative in 2015, we wholly endorse the success of those who give up everything to follow their dreams. In 2014, the story of a humble Hebei animator went viral when his Ukrainian excursion yielded a beautiful wife and profitable business.
By Liam Bourke