About our fans
Why choose Forged Creations?
No wick fastening hardware! We sew each of our wicks with four feet of kevlar thread. Each wick is a two foot long stip of 1.5"x 1/16" kevlar on wickspikes. Wickspikes, a Forged Creations first, sharpened metal spikes welded to the tip of each spine. The kevlar is wound around the spine, and is impaled by the spikes for the first several layers, locking them in place with no chance of the wick sliding down, and no extra weight or hotspots from hooks, rivets or nuts and washers.
Every weld is a gusset
(A small triangle shaped support, affixed to a load bearing inside corner), not just a weld.... What does this mean? During the MIG welding process, filler metal in the form of steel alloy wire is fed into each joint and upon contact with the workpiece reaches temperatures upwards of 5000 degrees, melting the wire and the metal around it, causing them to become one, The more wire added, the larger the gusset and the more support each joint will have. During this process, the gusset is rounded to a concave radius which helps to prevent tearing in the corner from hard impacts.
4 stages of finishing
After welding the fans and allowing them to cool slowly. We start the finishing process by grinding down each welded area to nearly flush but slightly convex, then sanding the entire fan smooth and rounding each gusseted joint to a concave radius, and finally smooth finish polishing with fine grit on the grips. Then we hand rub the rings with oil to reduce friction and protect them from rust causing moisture.
The most vulnerable joints are inside the wicks!
Most of the time, a wick is the first to hit when a fan is dropped. That makes the joint closest to the end of each spine the most susceptible to bend causing force. Over the years we've learned that bringing the inside supports further toward the tips and wrapping the kevlar around the joint, drastically improves their resilience.
Clearance between spines for easy paint can dip fueling!
Many designers use webbing or supports in between the spines near the wicks where they are weakest, but those supports often prevent the wick from reaching into a dip cup. Our designs use an angular approach to this issue. Leaving plenty of room for dipping while providing ample support to all 5 spines
Curved Spines place outside wicks in a straight line with each other:
More about our different grip styles
The smooth, round handle encourages easy and fluent transitions through different hand grips. They have a 1-1/2" ring, allowing for two fingers in and two fingers out for more control. Also available in a 1.75", and a 2" spinning ring, usually for those who have larger fingers to accommodate, 2 fingers in and 2 out. However, some spinners like to use 3 fingers in and 1 out with our 2" ring. Five wicks on five individual spines provides isolation points on both the outside wicks as well as the center wick. The spines let your fingers assist the fan in rotations. The wicks are spread out to 180 degrees, granting a clean, true "S" relation as well as distributing the weight to the center of the fan, thus allowing for balance and strength all the way through the fan.The smooth curved spine allows for rolling around the body and arms as well as giving a sleek profile to the frame. All ring sizes weigh 12.4 oz
Our flat grip fans come with a 2" spinning ring and a choice of 1.5" wick and 1" wicks. The flat grip is great for nice clean stops, making this a great fan for beginners and experienced spinners alike. 1" wick fans weigh 10.3oz & 1.5" wick weigh 12.4oz
Extreme Pistol Grip™ (XPG)
Designed and created in 2012, Pistol Grips™ are a Forged Creations first. Often imitated, but never truly duplicated. There has been some confusion about what exactly a Pistol grip™ is. Pistol grip™ refers to the 2 different sized rings that rest in your palm. These rings allow the fan to sit in your hand similarly to the way a pistol would, and the hand naturally takes the position of a "finger gun". Because these rings are two different sizes, they must sit in your hand a certain way. The smaller grip ring sits at the top of your hand (thumb side). The larger ring sits at the bottom of your hand (pinky side). Because of the way the fans must sit in your hands, we do not recommend these for beginners. We advise you play with these fans before purchasing. The 2 bottom grip rings are not intended for spinning. Using these rings will cause the fan to feel unbalanced.
The Extreme Pistol Grips™ have a 1.5" & 1" grip ring with a 1.75” & 2” ring.
3" & 3.5" Hybrid Large Ring Flat Grip
The newest addition to our Tech Fan Family. The Forged Creations Hybrid grip combines a large 3" or 3-1/2 inch Ring with a flat grip on a small frame. We kept the height at our standard 13 1/2 inches but added 2 inches to the width, bringing it to 21 inches to help compensate for balance. We then adjusted the orientation of the inner supports to a more forward position, fine tuning the balance until it was just perfect. Balancing is a breeze and they feel even lighter than their actual weight of just 14 oz. each for the 3.5" and 13oz for the 3" ring.
Why flat black paint?
Metal coated in spray paint can be touched up quickly and easily at any time. Wrap the wicks in aluminum foil and the grip ring in masking tape then spray them with flat black paint.
As for the frame of the fan. Regardless of the finish chosen for a fire prop, in the end the prop is designed to be burned. The heat and soot will damage and discolor any finish. We use flat finish spray paint because it seems to be least affected by the burning wicks. glossy finishes "bubble up" when heated and are ruined. Any color of flat finish paint will work. We choose black so that it matches the soot and carbon that coats the spines. This soot, when left to build up helps to protect the metal from rusting . Colorful paints look nice to begin with, but will change drastically as the soot and heat affect the finish.