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 Swords and Sea Forts

∴ A Swordsmith’s Reward ∴ When your passion becomes your profession, drawing the line between work and play gets increasingly hard. Take fencing events, for example. As artisans we’re keen to see our creations in action, meet our clients in person, and get some…

So You Want a Custom Sword?

As a swordsmith, I spend a lot of time poring over auction catalogues and museum pieces for inspiration. So much so that I sometimes forget that other people may not have quite so obsessive a grasp of sword form as my profession has provided…

Care and Feeding of your Balefire Blade

When I think of epic tales of heroism, it’s not just the heat of the battlefield that gets my heart racing – it’s the aftermath. The crackling of a campfire and the lugubrious hum of a wooden whistle, scarred heroes trading tales over dark…

Lighting the Balefire

“Fire is our friend in the wilderness” ∴ Tolkien ∴ As January draws to a close, 2018 has already marked itself out as a year of intrigue and industry, It’s hard to believe that a month ago, Balefire Blades was little more than a name….