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7 Days To Die Forged Steel

by Georgie Peru
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Forged Steel in 7 Days To Die is used to make many of the advanced recipes. I often get asked “how do you make forged steel in 7 Days To Die”, as this is something that’s changed throughout the alpha releases of 7DTD.

So, to answer the questions of how to make forged steel in 7 Days To Die, I’ve put together this useful guide that anyone can follow. While learning how to craft forged steel could be of interest for some beginner players, it’s not something you’ll be crafting until a little later down the line.

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How To Make Forged Steel

To craft Forged Steel, there are several requirements that you’ll need to meet, including something to craft it in, and the required materials. Let’s look at what you’ll need to get started.

Required Items

Before thinking about crafting Forged Steel in 7 Days To Die, you’ll need to make sure that you have:

  • 30 Iron
  • 15 Clay Soil


Iron is a common item that you can obtain through mining Iron Ore in 7 Days To Die. You can also obtain Scrap Iron by scrapping certain items in 7DTD as well as breaking down world objects like a lamppost, shelves, etc.

Clay Soil

Clay Soil can be gathered by digging in 7 Days To Die. It is used in crafting recipes like Cobblestone Rocks, Crucible, Forge, and Short Iron Pipe.

Once you’ve gathered enough Iron and Clay Soil, you’ll need to place these in a Forge that has a Crucible. The process takes 15 seconds to craft 1 Forged Steel. As you can imagine, this can take some time. However, before you can start crafting Forged Steel in 7DTD, you’ll need a Forge and Crucible.

How To Craft A Forge

A Forge is used to smelt items into more useful products, like Iron and Forged Steel. You’ll need to obtain the first level in Advanced Engineering before you can craft a Forge in 7 Days to Die.

Now that you have the relevant skill points, you’ll need the following to craft a Forge:

  • 50 Small Stone
  • 60 Clay Soil
  • 10 Leather
  • 3 Duct Tape
  • 3 Short Iron Pipes

These items are relatively easy to obtain. However, you may struggle to find enough Duct Tape to begin with. I recommend searching through all of the loot you can find, including trash and cardboard boxes. You can also find Duct Tape by looting Zombies.

Where To Find A Crucible In 7 Days To Die

The Crucible is an item that you need to use in a Forge in order to make Forged Steel. You can find a Crucible through scavenging with a lot of persistence, or by crafting it at a Workbench.

You can craft a Crucible once you’ve obtained the Steel Smithing perk, using the following items:

  • 40 Forged Iron
  • 10 Mechanical Parts
  • 1200 Small Stone
  • 900 Lump of Clay

How To Unlock Steel Smithing Perk

To unlock the Steel Smithing perk in 7 Days To Die, you’ll need Weapon Smithing level 4, Tool Smithing level 6, and Science level 3. It takes 15 skill points to unlock.

When you unlock the Steel Smithing perk, you’ll be able to craft the following recipes:

  • Crucible
  • Forged Steel
  • Spring

How To Obtain Forged Steel In 7DTD

As well as being able to craft Forged Steel in a Forge with a Crucible, you can harvest the following blocks to obtain Forged Steel:

  • Munitions Box
  • Desk Safe (Insecure)
  • Wall Safe (Insecure)
  • Gun Safe (Insecure)

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