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.

Addressing the Coronavirus

∴ We Live in Interesting Times∴ To our customers and community, We want to take a chance to update you on our situation during this period of general upheaval due to the Coronavirus. The good news is that so far, we’re able to keep… Continue Reading “Addressing the Coronavirus”

On New Years Light, Long Before Prime

∴ Once More Around the Sun∴ New Year always seems a poignant time at the forge, as this time two years ago we were setting up Balefire Blades with our fingers tightly crossed and no idea where it would take us. Two years later,… Continue Reading “On New Years Light, Long Before Prime”

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… Continue Reading “Of Swords and Sea Forts”

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… Continue Reading “So You Want a Custom Sword?”

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… Continue Reading “Care and Feeding of your Balefire Blade”