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About Brodbeck Ironworks

Brodbeck Ironworks, LLC was founded by Ryan Brodbeck in August 2018 when he created the first weld-together Brodbeck Ironworks tilting 2x72 grinder. Ryan’s design efforts continued and by June 2019 the original welded design had evolved into the bolt-together grinder kit Brodbeck Ironworks is known for today.

Vince Molina joined Brodbeck Ironworks in June 2019 after competing with Ryan on an episode of the popular History Channel show Forged in Fire. Ryan and Vince worked together to refine the tilting grinder design which was released to the public in July 2019. The Brodbeck team continues to evolve and develop new products to better serve our customers.

Our goal is to provide customers the highest value and return on investment per dollar spent. The Brodbeck Ironworks grinder has been designed with more features and functionality than any other grinder on the market today at an affordable price.

In May 2020, Brodbeck Ironworks entered the abrasives and leather sewing machine markets. We have partnered with VSM and Cowboy Leather Sewing Machines to bring their products to our customers. In the near future, Brodbeck Ironworks will be a one stop shop for blade and blacksmithing enthusiasts and professionals.

The Grinders

The Brodbeck Ironworks grinder kits are the best value in the market today. They are packed with features and functionality not found in any other grinder in this price range. Our grinders have been designed, analyzed and tested by a team with over 45 years of combined design experience AND over 10 years of combined bladesmithing and blacksmithing experience.

The Brodbeck grinder is reliable, sturdy, easy to use, and easy to configure. Its elegant rock-solid design has made the Brodbeck Ironworks the preferred choice for bladesmiths and blacksmiths such as J. Neilson, David Baker, Jason Knight, Ben Abbott, Curtis Haaland, Ilya Alekseyev, Matt Stagmer, Chris Cash, and Geoff Feder, among others.

The Team

Ryan Brodbeck Owner

Ryan has a strong background in engineering design and lean manufacturing, with previous experience at MI-Swaco, a Schlumberger Company, Rotex Global LLC, Intelligrated, Honeywell Company. He is also a blacksmith and knife maker.

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Vince Molina Owner

Vince is a mechanical engineer with 25 years of experience in product development manufacturing, and business development. He has developed products for companies such as Dorman, Apple, MTI, Precor, among others. He is also a bladesmith and fabricator.

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Ben Secrist Sales and Customer Service Manager

Ben has worked retail most of his career and started making knives in 2017. He joined the team in 2021 part time as customer service and went full time in 2022. Ben is a Forged in Fire Champion of Season 9 Episode 5 in 2022. 

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