About Black Dragon Forge

My name is Neels van den Berg and I am the owner, operator, bottle washer and cook at Black Dragon Forge. I have spent more than a decade honing my skills as a bladesmith and am proud to be associated with the American Bladesmith Society, where I attained my Journeyman Smith stamp in June 2016, and the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa, where I became a member as a bladesmith in July 2017.

I have been manufacturing and supplying the South African market with Black Dragon Forges since October 2009. My aim is to produce practical, high quality, no nonsense products that "delivers the goods" consistently. Products that puts a smile on the face of my clients during every use. I believe each of the products I produce truly embodies the Black Dragon Forge slogan; "PRACTICAL - PERFORMANCE - QUALITY".

Black Dragon Forge is not about chasing the sale. It's about experience, up-skilling, performance, a proven track record, the pride of ownership and clients that become friends. Most importantly is the fact that I’m proud to put my name on something that you will be using to forge your own future!

I have spent countless hours over the last 12 years refining my range of forges through daily use and listening to feedback from those in the smithing community. It’s not just about making and selling forges. It's about building a lasting relationship with smiths. It's about putting a dam good product in their shops and guiding them on how to utilise it to it's full potential.

Please feel free to contact me directly on my cell, +27(0)83 451 3105 should you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about knifemaking in general.

Neels van den Berg Black Dragon Forge

  • Forged Knife Course - Stuart Smith - June 2009
  • Damascus Course - Bertie Rietveld - 2010
  • Cable Damascus Course - Tiaan Burger - 2010
  • Designing Folding Knives - Tiaan Burger - 2010
  • Slip-Lock Folding Knife Course - Herbst - 2011
  • American Bladesmith Society's Intro to Bladesmithing - Heavin Forge - December 2014
  • American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Certification - June 2016
  • Voting Member of The Knifemakers' Guild Of Southern Africa - July 2017
  • Pass SABA Performance Test, 13 October 2012, Southern African Bladesmiths Association
  • APPRENTICE Classification, October 17 2012, American Bladesmith Society
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2013, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Forged Blade 2013, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Pass ABS JS Performance Test, 8 Feb 2014, American Bladesmith Society
  • Best Dagger (Novice) 2014, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Forged Blade (Novice) 2014, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Bowie 2014, SABA (Southern African Bladesmiths Association)
  • Best Forged Blade 2015, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2015, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • JOURNEYMAN Classification, 3 June 2016, American Bladesmith Society (Atlanta USA)
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2016, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade - Point of Interest 2016, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2017, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Member of the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa as a Bladesmith - July 2017
  • 2018 ABS International Journeyman Smith Knife Of The Year By Neels Van Den Berg
  • Best New Knifemaker 2017, Knifemakers' Guild of SA Guild Show - 18 August 2017
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2018, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Dagger 2019, Durban Easter Knife Show

I am proud to be associate with:

  • Journeyman Smith with the American Bladesmith Society - June 2016
  • Member of the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa as a Bladesmith - July 2017