A bespoke Balefire sword is an investment. It probably won’t be your first sword, but it may well be one that you use for the rest of your fencing days. Marrying the look and feel of an historical sword to the safety and durability of a fencing tool, each bespoke piece occupies an uncanny realm between art and craft.
Over the years we have made every attempt to set realistic prices – and all the while Chris’s skill, ability and dedication to the craft have been improving. So much so that it now feels wrong to “cut corners” to create entry-level pieces, when an extra day’s work could render something amazing.
The experience of creating a bespoke sword is all part of the magic we sell. Alicia endeavours to provide excellent and personal customer service at all stages: from hearing your initial ideas, to finalising a design, to updates and progress photos, to ensuring your sword arrives safely. Her time and passion is also accounted for in the prices we quote.
As such, we have loosely set our prices based on a the amount of time each commission takes to make. While each piece will be quoted on a case-by-case basis, we use the list below as the basis for individual pricing. These prices are not for “basic” swords, but for beautiful Balefire-quality custom pieces.
If your dream sword has elements which will take extra days to make, we will increase the quote accordingly. However, many decorative and structural elements can be fitted into the allotted time. The best thing is to reach out to us with specs, photos or rough sketches of your idea, and get your custom quote.
|Sword Type||Days to Make||Price|
|Simple rapier or sidesword||3.5||£850|
|Complex-hilted rapier or sidesword||5||£1250|
Extra embellishments such as faceted barwork, complex carvings, and pierced or engraved surfaces will be charged at a rate of £50 per extra hour of work.
All prices listed above exclude shipping charges, which can vary significantly depending on shipping location, and weight and dimensions of the final product when packaged.
As of January 2022, tracked shipping for a single sword to the UK comes to upward of £15, to continental Europe upward of £50, and to the USA and Canada from around £100.
Ready to start your Balefire journey? Get in touch now to share your ideas.