The masters of the forge that have crafted the likes of Dante's Rebellion sword, Squall's Gunblade and Bloodborne's Saw Cleaver among many other working replicas are coming to Super MAGFest to discuss their projects and share their love of all things weaponry!
MAGFest might have many headbangin' bands this year, but these are some of the true Lords of Metal!
Matt Stagmer - Host - Bladesmith
Matt has been making swords for 19 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 your favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres. In 2017 he became the host of the TV show MAN AT ARMS : The Art of War starring alongside Danny Trejo to make history's most devastating weapons.
Ilya Alekseyev was born in Troitsk, Russia. Since an early age he developed a liking to the art and craftsmanship of bladed weapons. He likes to bring his background in Art History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy into his craft. Ilya 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 armour, damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving.
Bill has been working with Baltimore Knife and sword off and on for the past 20 years and on a full time bases for the past 2 years grinding blades. His craftsman background started in armor making and progressed into casting, mold making and heat treating. His knowledge with sheet metal work has made it easy to transition into prop armor and costuming. He has working with the Freelancers as their jousting armorer for 17 years and has a background in Martial Arts as well as the SCA. Bill is contributing smith on both MAN AT ARMS series(TV & Youtube).