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Cutlery, Jewelery

Quebec professional craftsman

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1983

1983

Rock, my father, gives me a pocket knife as a holiday gift. A deep urge to 'kid' wood instantly settles in my little man's heart. Later this need will become a sincere passion for the sculpture of wood and steel.

1988

1988

Unbeknownst to parental authority, a discreet and precarious installation was installed under the back porch of the family home. A simple torch serving as a forge fire to heat a few bits of steel borrowed from the father, of course, without his consent. 

1993

1993

Faced with an ever-growing desire to master the elements, my maternal grandfather, son of a blacksmith and blacksmith himself, responds with experience to the most technical questions. As for my father, he joined the movement and helped me to borrow for the purchase of an 8'x10 'workshop in which my first coal forge fire immediately appeared.

1997

1997

A series of trainings follow one another in order to find my way.

Traditional arts, Art and computerized technologies, Cabinetmaking, Jewelery Jewelery and the international design academy.

It is only later, with the help of Laval University, that I will obtain recognition for a master's degree in metallurgy.

2003

2003

Co-owner of a local forge, the experience ended in a violent work accident, forcing a long period of physiotherapy work before being able to resume the hammer.

2006

2006

Start-up of a new forge, largely to obtain the recognition of prior learning necessary for a master's degree in metallurgy. Construction of the premises and a coal foundry forge bath, still in use today. The workshop will then be set aside in order to pursue a career in metallurgy.

2018

2018

After a brilliant career, I decided to go back to my roots in order to get closer to my family and start Forge Maelström, the first cutlery in Saguenay Lac St-Jean.

2019

2019

With great effort, Forge Maelstrom knives stand out locally, regionally and provincially.

Forge Maelstrom obtains 2 Laureates in the manufacturing, start-up category.

2020

2020

Despite the raging pandemic, Forge Maelstrom continues its path. After more than thirty years of pursuing this passion for forging and ancient techniques, Carl Gagné is recognized as a master blacksmith by Living Heritage Canada for the establishment of the transmission and protection of Canadian heritage.

2021

2021

After several years of waiting, a marriage of passions.

Forge Maelstrom now produces old-fashioned jewelry on a charcoal forge fire.

The team

Forge Maelström is always on the lookout for new talent, here are the ones that fuel it.

Excellence!

The Blades that you will use relentlessly and the Jewels that you will want to wear to sleep.

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228 1st ave. North

St-Nazaire, Qc

G0W 2V0

418-719-6985

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Directions

The drawing

All custom manufacturing begins with a design reflecting the '' design thinking '' behind your needs.

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In the heart of the forge

Once the design is approved, forging can begin.

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Compliance

Quality control is essential to ensure conformity between the part and the reference drawing.

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Assembly

The parts are then assembled to your specifications.

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Final product

We will send you a photo of your purchase before making the delivery to verify compliance with you.

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The Daily

Fourth generation blacksmith with over 30 years of experience, passionate about the art of cutlery.

While Carl Gagné's workshop remains basic and he works in an artisanal way, the blacksmith uses manufacturing techniques from industry to be able to repeat his pieces. The manufacturing as such is worthy of the 17th century, its industrial expertise mingles with ancestral know-how. - STÉPHANE BOUCHARD, The Daily

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Customer reviews

Forge Maelström makes it a point of honor to develop a relationship of trust, human and lasting in order to meet your most specific needs, even once the transaction has been concluded.

Jean-Francois Saucier

Customer

Perfect service, perfect product. Really satisfied with the result! Thank you!

Jonathan sellem

Customer

What talent and know-how !!! EXCEPTIONAL sharp blades! And what a design! Really well done.

Christian Levac

Knife training

I followed a magnificent one-day training as a traditional blacksmith. Carl is a Living Forge encyclopedia. You must be ready ...

Mathieu Boulianne

Knife training

Me and my friend went for the blacksmith training for a whole day, phew! what a unique experience :) We were very well received and very well supervised.

Charlene Guinet

Client

Quality work and impeccable service! 

Helene Tremblay

Client

Super beautiful work done by an artist's hand

La trempe Japonaise c'est quoi ?

Un élément incontournable à comprendre de la trempe japonaise, c'est la présence de martensite au niveau du fil de coupe. On peux facilement distinguer la présence de martensite sur cette photo étant donné le ''grain'' plus volumineux au fil.

En effet la trempe japonaise ou plus communément appelé trempe à l'argile, consiste en une trempe intégrale de la lame en utilisant différent mélanges d'argile afin de contrôler la vitesse de refroidissement sur des zones bien précises des lames japonaises. Cette méthode traditionnel permet de maintenir une trempe modérée sur le corp de la lame, tout en cristallisant l'alliage au niveau du fil pour la transformer en martensite.

Aujourd'hui étant donné la popularité grandissante de la forge de couteaux chez les amateurs, plusieurs méthodes d'imitation on vue le jour, alors comment différencier le bon de l'ivraie.

Commençons par les qualités d'une vrai trempe traditionnelle japonaise.

La présence de martensite rends le fil hydrophobe, ce qui veut dire que la partie tranchante du couteau aura tendance à repousser l'eau et les corp gras, rendant celui ci nettement plus performant tout en diminuant la friction et maintenant le fil plus sec que les autres couteaux.

Deuxièmement, la martensite est principalement composée d'une surconcentration de molécules de carbone ce qui la rend beaucoup plus dur. Cette dureté ce traduit directement par une meilleur durabilité, moins d'affutage nécessaire et permet des affutages beaucoup plus fin que des couteaux standards permettant ainsi moins d'effort et des coupes plus précises.

Et finalement, un couteau japonais présentant une vrai trempe traditionnelle à l'argile est nettement plus résistant aux impacts. Comme le corp et le fil sont tous deux trempés mais à des degrés différents lors d'une seule et même opération, l'intégrité de la lame ce voit remarquablement amélioré et lui confère une résistance quasi-légendaire aux impacts.

Donc, en examinant les différentes qualités de la trempe traditionnelle japonaise, si une lame est cassante, fragile, reste mouillée au fil, est révélée à l'acide ou encore nécessite un affutage lors de chaque utilisation ou presque, il est fort à parié que vous êtes en présence, au mieux, d'une simple trempe sélective avec un Hamon différenciel révélé et non pas une de ces trempes japonaises traditionnelles qui à donné naissance aux légendaires sabres japonais.

Après plus de 30 ans d'expérience et plus de 3600 lames forgées par un seul homme, Forge Maelstrom garanti la présence de martensite sur chacune de ses lames et c'est d'ailleurs, ce qui fait toute notre fierté.

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