For Folger Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the fight director turned to Baltimore Knife and Sword. Brothers Kerry and Matthew Stagmer own the shop and crank out more than 1,000 weapons a year, including made-to-order weaponry for a variety of clients.
Matthew Stagmer works on a steel kris dagger blade at the shop. Update: Captions in an earlier version referred to Kerry Stagmer. This version has been updated.Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post
Custom made swords take center stage during the Folger Theatre's staging of Shakespeare's famous play, "Romeo and Juliet." The fight director and sword maker tell The Post's Whitney Leaming why real swords were needed.