Otakon 2016 - Man At Arms

Matt Stagmer, a blade-smith, has been making swords for 17 years. He is the lead blade-grinder at Baltimore Knife and Sword. In the summer of 2014 he began hosting the hit web series "Man At Arms: Reforged." Teamed with other talented craftsmen, he brings to life the most requested fantasy arms and armor from viewers' favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres.

Ilya Alekseyev was born in Troitsk, Russia. Since an early age he developed a liking for the art and craftsmanship of bladed weapons. He likes to bring his background in art history, Asian studies and philosophy into his craft. He is currently an armourer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword, as well as one of the product designers. Among the skills that he brings to the "Man at Arms" project are his expertise in armor, Damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving.

The guys break down the process and the trial and tribulations that come with doing these special weapons.

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Posted on August 15, 2016 .