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An important adjustment to make blacksmithing training easier (You know, other than the AP training and current level boosts that will make things MUCH easier for certain life talents) would be access to manuals of appropriate ranks. There are no reasonably obtainable armor manuals of ranks 3 and 2. Meaning that from rank 5, unless you have some birnam or thames manuals packed away, you have to craft dustin armor. That's combined with a low success rate even with patron and other bonuses, which leads to a lot of wasted materials and manual uses. Don't forget that you can't frag Dustin for some inconceivable reason, and no one's really clamoring to buy them these days, so you end up with a pile of dustins you don't know what to do with.
I don't really mind if blacksmithing becomes easier to rank, so long as its useful. Aside from the occasional celtic weapon that pops up, or if you're someone who buys materials and crafts the rarer items for profit, there's not a lot of incentive to actually use blacksmithing once it's rank 1.