About Castille Armory:
“In 2013 Sam decided to jump in head first and take his love for the art of defense to a higher level. Zenergy Metal Works, LLC was founded and Castille Armory was brought to life.
With a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering Sam has a great deal of experience in metallurgy. This has helped him gain a deep understanding of mechanical techniques applied in building and manufacturing high quality swords.
While building quality swords has its roots in metallurgy and cold hard manufacturing techniques, there is a certain artistic quality that sets Castille Armory apart. Nearly every product that is made at the shop on Gilman Road has some sort of custom aspect: a special finish, a personal image etched, pierced or chiseled per customer’s request or unique wrapped handle. There is practically no detail that is impossible. Even if you can imagine it and sketch it on a napkin, Sam can build it, and at a reasonable price.
Sam has been building hilts and other combat equipment in any space that would have him, his equipment and his mess since the early 90’s: anywhere from his friends garages to his own basement. Castille Armory officially became a business in October of 2013 in a leased 2000 sq ft shop in the small industrial city of Central Point. In early 2014 Castille Armory underwent a move to a larger shop in Medford where the magic is currently happening.
When he is not hand crafting custom swords, he spends most of his time teaching and purveying the arts of defense in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), his WMA (Western Martial Arts) workshops and at Southern Oregon University in WMA clubs. Sam is somewhat of a renaissance man in that he plays guitar professionally, operates an audio/video studio, makes wine, paints and dabbles in video production.
Within the SCA, Sam is known as Don Armand de Castille and has earned many awards including induction into the Order of the White Scarf; the highest award for excellence for the study and use of the sword. Sam has won numerous tournaments including two Kingdom Championships and two Principality Championships.”
From the Castille Armory Website
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