∴ Gaze into the Balefire and seize the blade within ∴

Chris Adams is an internationally renowned maker of swords and blades for the historical fencing community. His bespoke creations are all one-of-a-kind pieces, made to customers’ requirements using historical methods of manufacture.

Alicia Adams works beside Chris to bring customers’ visions to life. She handles customer communications and runs the website, as well as creating original stories and bespoke leatherwork.

Together they strive to bring the fantastical back into the world of historical fencing.

We are currently taking custom orders for Summer 2024


See how we price our bespoke swords and start planning your one-of-a-kind commission.


Browse our past commissions and get some ideas for your own legendary weapon.


Pick up a Balefire original without the wait, or treat yourself to swordcare, books and leather.


Elevate your sword with a new blade, or build your own sword around a Balefire base.

∴ The Balefire Emporium ∴

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, Alicia’s leatherwork and items of personal protection, and limited edition books about our craft.

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

∴ Support us on Patreon ∴

Balefire Blades is a labour of love, which we have been very lucky to turn into our livelihood. We hope to spend a great many years creating bespoke artisanal weapons for our international community of historical fencers.

If you love what we do, take a look at our Patreon. For as little as £3 per month, you can join the quest, keep the Balefire burning, and access a growing library of essays, images and behind-the-scenes musings on smithing and swordlore.