∴ Gaze deep into the Balefire and seize the blade within ∴

The Balefire forge is home to Chris Adams, maker of historical and fantasy swords and blades for the historical fencing community. Chris’s bespoke Balefire creations are one-of-a-kind pieces, bringing his customers’ visions to life. Together with writer and leatherworker Alicia Lewis, Chris strives to bring the fantastical back into the world of historical fencing.

The Balefire Emporium is where our limited ranges of high-quality entry-level swords are sold. These are crafted with the aim of putting beautiful fencing tools in the hands of as many historical fencers as possible, sharing the joy that fencing has brought to our own lives.

Here, too, you may find complementary items to aid you on your quest: care kits to prolong the life of your blade, items of personal protection, and limited edition books about our craft.

Sit by the Balefire a while, and see where fancy takes you…

We are currently taking orders for Spring 2023


Home to our limited ranges of entry level swords, as well as swordcare, books and personal protection.


We create bespoke HEMA-safe swords for a legendary sparring experience. Browse our past commissions here.