Our approach

Whether forging a sharp sword for reenactment, a simulator for practice or a ceremonial sword, we strive for excellence, both aesthetic and practical. It starts with the forge. The steel is hot worked, the blade stretches with each hammer blow and we work all the elements with attention and meticulousness, as close as possible from artisanal techniques. The beauty of a sword lies in its finishes, its personalizations as well as in the harmony of these forms and measures.

 

It is essential for high-end weapons that their aesthetics directly reflect their richness. It's a whole different story when taken in hand, a sword can be beautiful but uncomfortable and that's why practicality is just as important.

 

Archeology and the development of historical reconstruction have always brought their share of demanding projects and in-depth studies based on historical sources. Recently the development of “Historical European Martial Arts” (def. HEMA), has brought a new vision: to see the sword as a tool for a martial and sporting practice.

As practitioners of this discipline, we are used to handling medieval swords. Our goal, as craftsmans and fencers, is to forge the swords as consistent as possible with our experience and current knowledge which is constantly evolving.

Nevertheless, our knowledge is not enough compared to the diversity of types of swords and martial traditions that the Middle Ages knew. This is why we supplement our knowledge with the study of historical pieces directly in the museums and that we improve it by facing more and more practitioners.

 

Each project is studied from material sources (museum / private collection swords) and written sources (scientific publications, literature, iconography) in order that each sword produced is as close as possible to history and improves our knowledge and understanding of the sword in its own way.

 

In this manner we offer different ranges:

- Uniform steel swords:

We produce sharp, homogeneous or secure steel blades (simulators) intended for martial and sports practice. Aimed at fencers conscientious of their practice, we decide to leave sharp edges to these simulators so as to have a more coherent weight, balance and working response.

- Layered steel swords:

Layered steel (damascus steel) corresponds to a hot working technique of the material (wrought) which aims to weld in the forge several qualities of steel which will give at the end contrasts and designs on the polished surface. It corresponds as well to a demand for aesthetics, by the variety of designs that can be forged in steel, as to a demand for historicity thanks to the essentially Merovingian and Scandinavian swords of the early Middle Ages.

. - Old and artisanal steel swords:

We have several old steels, dating from before the industrial revolution to the last century. We offer you for collection and ceremonial weapons to forge the blade and why not the pommel and the crossguard in these old steels. They have unique texture and color, and its polishing will reveal the character of its small imperfections.

Our ranges of swords go from the simplest weapon for the passionate, to the most finely crafted sword for the most demanding of you. Several options are available to customize each order:

- engraving, performed by chisel

- acid etching, where the pattern to be engraved is printed in the steel using acids

- damascening, embedding of non-ferrous metals in steel such as silver, brass, copper, gold

- enameling, any engraving can be completed with colored enamel

- the relic inlay, in the pommel or the grip

Atelier Thibaud

Forgerons d'épées - Swordsmiths

© 2020 par Nastasia Kaynar & Solène Allard

Carcassonne

France

atelierthibaud@gmail.com

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