To help build a picture of me: I am a fellow working from my home workshop, I'm my own boss :). I custom make individual swords, doing all the work by hand and paying very close attention to detail to ensure my pieces are crafted with excellence. I make only 10 to 15 swords each year. Slow and steady making sure the work is done to my best standard, working only when I'm in the right creative head space.
All of the swords I make are REAL swords. Fully functional. Built for durability, and to perform as a live sword for performance cutting. They are not toys, wallhangers, or stage props. They are built to perform to their purpose, with excellent heat treatment qualities and excellent blade and edge geometries. All blade steel stock used is brand new 9260 high carbon spring steel cut from the length. The blade and edge geometries are finely hand crafted to historical principles. I heat treat my blades in an electric kiln I built for my needs.
All swords are hand sculpted individual pieces - earning all of my attention. Being handmade they rely on a steady hand, a keen eye, and a feel for how the metal is taking shape. As such they have a smoother, more organic look and feel about them, compared to a machine finished piece. I do spend a long time fussing over trying to get little details just right. I think I am my toughest critic. The pieces are NOT computer cut, but sculpted with painstaking attention - by a loving human hand. "Perfection" though, does not exist.
Each piece has endured many hours at my hands, being crafted into it's final form. Through these hours at my hands I feel the result is true meeting of imagination and the form that lives within the wood and steel. Each piece is a true one off and unlike anything else.
Blades won't come with a mirror polish, but rather a hand sanded satin finish. Historical swords were not mirror finished, and today it's mainly lower end third world forges generally offer their swords in a power-buffed mirror polish, to suit the wallhanger market. The satin finish is beneficial to maintenence throughthe sword's active life.
All blades are sculpted from new flat-bar stock, using power grinders, filed, and finally hand sanded and custom fitted with their hilt components. I do not forge my blades - the foundry takes care of steel formation in the making of the flatbar. It's already space-age steel and requires no further forging, only shaping.
Pommels and guards are sculpted by hand from solid blocks of mild steel or bronze, not cast en-masse. Grips have a wood core, crafted from Poplar or Beech, before they are leather covered. Though I love featuring hand carved exotic wood grips from Australia and around the world too.
All swords have broad full tangs with radiussed shoulders for strength; built to be a fully useable tool. The temper of the tang and shoulder is drawn back with a torch to low 40s Rockwell hardness; made softer than the blade proper to enhance durability, and reamining annealed (unhardened) back at the pommel mounting; for maximum shock resilience.
I control the heat treatment in a purpose built electric kiln, which I made myself to suit my needs. This provides uniform heat to the whole blade, and precise digital readings for me to accurately control the temperatures. Heat treatment of blades includes normalisation cycles, quenching in oil to harden, and multiple tempering cycles giving a resilient edge hardness of approximately 50-54Rc. depending on the design requirements of the sword.
If you have any questions or need more information or detail on sword construction, please don't hesitate to ask. :)
I guess I am someone who chooses not to 'grow up' as Peter Pan would have it - at least not to grow up into the world as it is presented by society. Instead I've chosen to embrace a world of unlimited creativity and imagination. And I am here to put your imaginations in your hands, to help you manifest your internal world into your world of form. I feel very blessed to have a role which is very rare in this world - to help capture peoples' inspired dreams and give them birth into this world of form. I give people a rare avenue of creative power in a world permeated by cheap mass produced form.
My formal education and early professional career were focussed on academic study, business and sales. As such I've had negligible formal training in manual arts. However a life long love of motorcycles and the mechanical work involved with them trained my hands thoroughly. My mum tought me general drawing and artistic skills - her father was an expert field mechanic (from farm and battlefield) from whom I was exposed to the marvel of practical and creative mechanical work. My dad taught me to dismantle and fix things rather than replacing them, and that many tools could be made - essential knowledge coming from a poor immigrant family. It was at age 30 (2006) that I discovered I could buy 'real swords' online. My new found fascination distracted me from my work in professional sales, and I obsessively started spending endless hours in my workshop 'improving' my new production swords.
I guess my love affair with swords, and the fantasy realms, started like most peoples', through exposure to the popular culture. For me it was He-Man as a child in the 80s, and the Conan movies and books, and then Braveheart. I've enjoyed the film recreations of some very cool book series', such as the 'Chronicles of Narnia', 'Harry Potter', and the sagas of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'Lord of the Rings'. As well as some more Historically inspired fictional film; like Arn - The Knight Templar, and Ironclad.
Film and Fiction present a romance of fighting through opression to bring freedom to those who wish nothing more than peace.
Among my creations have been many Wands, Custom Athames, Pipes, and I even made an Oak Longbow for myself to shoot.
I enjoy playing my guitars though I'm rather an amateur. I ride my Motocross and Touring Bikes as often as I can. I enjoy a low key, nature-first and vegetarian Lifestyle. I live on 23 acres of rural pasture land at beautiful dairy and orchard country in the Harvey Region of South Western Australia. I have a beautiful wife, Bec, who's an inspirational person. Our property is shared with lots and lots of Animals of myriad species :-). We're also passionately populating our land with beautiful trees and gardens. Trying to provide a sancturary and rehabilitation for nature where it was once stripped and reshaped. As often as not I'm propagating plants and gardening hard, planting trees, working in the vegie patch or orchard when I should probably be working on my swords. :-)
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