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 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”

The BALEFIRE BADGE

∴ Show Your Colours ∴ Does your fencing jacket need a little more pizazz on the piste? Is your kit bag in need of a rock’n’roll overhaul? Or maybe you just want to tell the world you have great taste in swords. After numerous… Continue Reading “The BALEFIRE BADGE”

All About Available Now

∴ What is our Available Now page? ∴ If you’ve browsed our site before, chances are you’ve seen our “Available Now” page, where we list one-of-a-kind Balefire swords available to buy on a first-come-first-served basis. While we operate almost exclusively as a bespoke artisan… Continue Reading “All About Available Now”

Forging On: How the Waiting List Works

∴ Lessons From Time∴ As we roll into a new year, we can’t help but reflect on the last one – and on how the international ups and downs of Covid and Brexit have affected our business. We have been fortunate as a small… Continue Reading “Forging On: How the Waiting List Works”