Kerry Stagmer - Founder - co-owner - machinist
Kerry has been making swords for over 30 years. He is not only self taught, but he has also studied many different forms of metalsmithing under several masters. Perhaps his true talent is gathering of rare tools and craftsmen with the skill sets to use them. On the day to day at BKS Kerry runs the milling machines, handles swords and deals with shipping between 30-70 swords a week. For MAN AT ARMS, Kerry is our main machinist and handles most of the casting as well as the design work.
Hobbies : Sports Cars, League of Legends, Rose Engines
Matt Stagmer - co Owner - Lead Blade grinder - swordsmith
Matt has been making swords for 20 years. He started working with his brother Kerry and John at the age of 15. He has a background in graphic design and Architectural CAD. Matt has ground thousands of sword blades during his career at BKS and you see him grind most of the blades on the show.
Hobbies: Video Game Streaming, Athletics, Airsoft, Comics
Ilya Alexseyev - lead Bladesmith - Armorer - Engraver
Ilya came to BKS as an armorer and worked for the firs few years on his own projects and contributed here and there when needed. He quickly became the most talented bladesmith in the shop and has been full time with the shop for several years now. His dedication to forging and forming metal has made him quite valuable to daily work at BKS and is a driving force on the show to forge most of the blades. His skill as an engraver adds much needed details to the final products on many of our Reforged items.
For custom orders email Ilya at Slavicsmithing@gmail.com