Sometimes a person already has an idea of a dream blade they want.
I know from my own experiance that some types of historical blades are
very hard to come by. Since I enoy ren faires, I have decided
to start setting up a forge at some of them near Fort Wayne Indiana.
I have been making replica's for re-enactors for a few years.
There have been times a person contacts me for help in finding a blade
that fit's their personea. We talk about their choosen time and
place, and we research what was available for that period, giving the
cleint more background on the topic. They decide what they would
like done, and we usually have it made for them in about 6 months.