As we all know, skill levels help contribute towards total character levels. I have come to notice that unlike other games, making cheap weapons still allow you to gain a good percent of skill xp instead of making it worthless over time. I stumbled upon the ability to keep purchasing iron ore (to smelt into iron ingots), iron ingots, and leather strips (whether they are purchased or created from leather). Since iron daggers are a 1 ingot and 1 strip, they use very little cheap resources, which allows you to crank out a ton of skill levels and character levels. In about 40 mins to an hour, i went from Level 11-17 and am now sitting on over 65 level smithing skill.