Category: The Balefire Chronicles

The Chronicles offer advice on commissioning and caring for your swords, musings on the art and actuality of creating weapons, and news about our international wanderings.

Of Copper and Conviviality

∴ A Return to the Paddox ∴ May marks the beginning of festival and tournament season for many an intrepid fencer. For us, the summer arrives in the shape of Swordpunk, a breathtaking boutique festival where weapons experts and circus performers come together to… Continue Reading “Of Copper and Conviviality”

Of Countdowns and Carrying On

∴ A Year of Resurgence ∴ It feels like only months ago I was writing our last New Year’s update in the middle of lockdown, and wondering what 2021 would hold. While it’s undoubtedly been a year of ups and downs across the board,… Continue Reading “Of Countdowns and Carrying On”

The Deluxe Care Kit

∴ Care and Maintenance ∴ We believe that a good fencing sword should last you a lifetime or longer, forming a part of your legend and winning you plenty of fun along the way. In practice, however, there are a number of small issues… Continue Reading “The Deluxe Care Kit”

Of Cutting and Camaraderie

∴ A Joyful Return ∴ As with many fencers, we felt the lack of events deeply over 2020 and 2021. Crossing festivals off the calendar began to take its toll, and those regular reminders of our wider community left a sword-shaped hole. So it… Continue Reading “Of Cutting and Camaraderie”

The Search For Excalibur: Chapter I

∴ The Borderline of History ∴ The Balefire was always fuelled by stories. Stories of knights-errant and wily rogues; the kinds of stories that filled our shelves and hearts as children, and which inspire us still as we forge and fence. The great swords… Continue Reading “The Search For Excalibur: Chapter I”