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.