So yesterday I finally hit 375 in Blacksmithing - woot!!! I have to say I'm quite happy that I no longer have to farm Primal Fire. Now that I've leveled all the secondary professions except Tailoring and Alchemy (which I hear is easy) I think I'd have to vote for Blacksmithing as the worst. I mean, the leather farming was pretty annoying I grant you. But farming Primal Fire or Primal Air has to be the top two worst tasks in the current game. The normal spots are always camped, so it's near impossible to even get an area to yourself. I had a slight advantage in that I am 3 time zones off of my server, so I took advantage of that. But for folks who can't work the time thing, I pity you :(
If it's even remotely an option, I think Blacksmiths should probably try to use the Felsteel patterns to level their skill. There is just a hellish amount of farming needed to collect the mats for pretty much any recipe above 350, in addition to the farming it takes to get the world drop plans. But no matter what it's going to be ugly if you don't have a Felsteel armor recipe. I really wish those didn't drop in dungeons, it's pretty unfair to do that to Blacksmiths and no one else. I mean, they are the only profession I can think of with no rare BoE recipes of any kind. So while other crafters can suck it up and purchase a recipe from the Auction House if they don't want to farm them, Blacksmiths have no such option. And if you want a recipe that doesn't have horrific mats, you have to farm dungeons for them.
I know, I hear you saying Engineering. But since they got their fix and the "parts" are now usable all the way up to 375, you guys are no longer top dog in the Whiners Dept. And if you are thinking about the fact that you can't sell your wares to other player... well I have nine pairs of Ragesteel Gloves to sell ya. That's right, I've sold ONE whole pair. Considering there are 150g worth of primal fires in each pair, that's a ton of money I'm not making with Smithing. I really don't think you folks can say the same thing about your Felsteel Boomsticks and Khorium Scopes.
But feel free to argue with me on this if you wish :)