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Matt Stagmer

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  1. Hey guys! Just a couple days away! The shop is a mess right now. The grinding room is covered In Aluminum dust. I hope to be finished with all of that today and start the great clean up.


    Weather has been beautiful but of course it's getting colder as we draw closer to the event. Friday and Saturday look beautiful but Sunday is going to be chilly. Come prepared for all weather conditions.


    Can't wait to see everyone and hear what you have all been up to!


    Love the show. You guys demonstrate amazing skill and creativity at what you do. Can't wait to see next week's episode.


    I have to say you guys are inspiring I only just started but have dreamt of forging Zenda swords I was going to try the big gorons sword but I need to practice first

    Thanks fellas! Even though we are in a rush during these builds, we try to show as much ligit process as possible.

  3. In our current episode of MAN AT ARMS : REFORGED we tackle our toughest blade yet. Both the forging and the grinding were a true test of our skill.


    Keep in mind that we are given 6 days to make 6 builds for a season. The blade turned out pretty awesome. There were some wonky parts but all in all I was thrilled at the outcome.



    I hope you enjoy this build,

    Matt Stagmer


  4. Hey guys and gals,


    Its been far too long since I have posted anything. It's been a crazy year in the shop and out of it. I wanted to share a few seax knives that I have been working on finishing up.


    Sam forged the two wing nuts and kerry did the initial forging on the blade that has the bronze hande fittings. The rest was done by me. The carved handle was the first handle I ever carved about 5 years ago. I had it waiting for the right blade all this time.



    The top seax is 4130 with an edge quench and does show some activity in the right light. The fittings are steel and the handle is coco. I did some chiseling on the spine and ground a fuller. The wingnut is pure iron(forged by Sam Salvati).


    The next one is pattern welded from three bars of straight laminate. 15N20 and 1070 for the top two and I have no idea what the edge was. Kerry forged the blade blank and I took it from there. The handle is elk with cast bronze rings. The pommel bar and hilt bar are wrought and the wingnut is pure iron(forged by Sam Salvati).


    The next one is four bars. Spine is wrought then two bars of loose twist 15N20 and 1070 then wrought and then a W2 edge. Wrought fittings and a carved hickory handle.


    The fourth one was a bit of a trial for me. I was playing with different ways to do the welding. The blade is w2 and wrought with an antler handle and poured pewter bolster.





    Since this picture was taken all of these have been engraved and completed. All in all these 4 represent some good learning. Nothing to flashy. Just trying some new things. I dont get much time these days to break from the production so I have speant all of my weekends forging and trying some things that have been on my mind for awhile.


    Here is a better picture of #1



    Here is a better picture of #2



    Here is a few shots of #3







    And here is a better of the last one.



    And a few in process shots...


    as you can see it fought me a little bit but I got it all solid under the screw press!









    and last but not least my little helper that seems to show up every time I fire up the forge.




    Thanks for looking. Feel free to launch questions. I know I did some things in odd ways on some of these but I learned a ton and continue to do so.



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