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My current character in Skyrim has got essentially zero Smithing and Enchanting skill. It would still be great to be able to upgrade or enchant items, or even create some items, like dragon armour. In particular, I would really like to upgrade some magical daggers I use but I can't because I don't have the right perk. Non-enchanted daggers I can at least upgrade a little bit.

I haven't found anyone who can smith or enchant on demand, but are there any such characters in Skyrim anywhere? It's a big world and I could have missed them. I wouldn't mind paying handsomely for such items (e.g. it would make sense that I wouldn't be able to sell it for more than I paid for it).

If the answer is negative (boo) then are there any mods that provide this mechanic?

Note that I'm not sure if mods go against the 'no game recommendations' rule. If so, I (or you!) can edit my question to remove this.

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I am on my fifth playthrough and haven't found a single NPC who will enchant or smith gear for you. The closest is the guy in Winterhold College whom you have the dialog option to ask "Can you enchant something for me?". However, he basically tells you to go suck an egg. –  oscilatingcretin Aug 24 '12 at 15:15
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No, there are no items or characters that allow you to smith gear you do not have perks for. If you wish, you can add the relevant perks free of charge by looking up the perk code and adding it with the console like this:

help "daedric smithing" 4

This will output a list of all things in the game that have "daedric smithing" in the name, look for the 8-number ID (In this case, the ID is 000CB413), then

player.addperk <ID>
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I wasn't looking for items - rather NPCs that can do my smithing for me. Still, it doesn't sound like that is available either. This may be my best bet (or just, you know, live in smithing ignorance...). –  Alex Aug 24 '12 at 11:00
    
I chose this as it provides a direct (if negative) answer while also suggesting a workaround. @Ender's answer also provides a decent workaround, though his is more time-consuming to do. –  Alex Aug 28 '12 at 15:18
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Actually there is something very similar to this in the form of certain followers. Some followers can TRAIN you in said skills, and then you can open their inventory (since they are your follower) and take you money back. Rinse, and repeat. I'm on my lunchbreak at this moment, and havent the time to look them up but I will include them in my answer as soon as I get off work.

You can find the followers yourself at the Wiki.

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This is... sort of useful, but not quite what I'm looking for. It's not that I can't be bothered to level the skills up, it's just that I'd rather have that experience and perks go elsewhere and use my ridiculous amounts of (mostly stolen) gold for something useful rather than hoarding it like a very small dragon. –  Alex Aug 24 '12 at 10:42
    
Well if I train to improve skills then that'll cause me to level up,gain perks, etc, right? I know I can save the perks for later but I could spend that same time levelling up, say, light armour or archery –  Alex Aug 24 '12 at 19:55
    
@alex I dont think it levels you up. –  Ender Aug 24 '12 at 20:01
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