Gas Forges for Bladesmiths and Blacksmiths

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

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+27(0)83 451 3105

"PRACTICAL - PERFORMANCE - QUALITY"

As a full-time Bladesmith, I spend most of my time in my 300 square meter, purpose built smithing workshop affectively known as "The Dragon's Lair". I don't just build forges to sell but have spent the last 12 years refining their efficiency and gas consumption through daily use and listening to feedback from the Bladesmithing community.

Neels van den Berg - Owner @ Black Dragon Forge, American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Smith (2016) and member of the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa

Bladesmithing / Knifemaking Experience:

  • Forged Knife Course - Stuart Smith - June 20099
  • 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 Introduction to Bladesmithing - Heavin Forge - December 2014
  • American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Certification - June 2016
  • Voting Member of The Knifemakers' Guild Of Southern Africa - July 2017

Competitions and Awards:

  • Pass SABA Blade Performance Test (Cut & Bend), 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 Journeyman Blade Performance Test (Cut & Bend), 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 Southern Africa Exhibition and Knife Show - 18 August 2017
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2018, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Dagger 2019, Durban Easter Knife Show
     
Mobile: +27 (0)83 451 3105
Email: neels@blackdragonforge.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neels.vandenberg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTcHakMOyezi2rjKP5nS9Q/videos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackdragonforge
   
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