This post we have not one but TWO limited edition deals that all sword enthusiasts should have a good look at.
First off, the Dojo Pro Tanto series by Ronin Katana are back!
This is only a limited restock (the next batch is not due until mid to late Summer 2018) and STILL at the special introductory price of not $125, but just $59.99!
Three models are available, and you can check them out in the hot specials section here.
The second limited offer is for the limited edition Model # 3 Two Handed Sword by Ronin Katana.
This wide bladed Bastard Sword is a replica of the historical Harriet Dean Sword – a 600 year old Italian Sword gifted to Alexandria during a time of relative peace and lost for nearly 72 years before being found again in, of all places, a restaurant in Texas! (click here to read the backstory).
It is basically the same as the standard model 3 – but for $25 more you get the authentic Arabic inscription which was key to identifying it.
The inscription reads: Pious donation of the king al-Mu’ayyad to the arsenal in the frontier city of Alexandria in the year two and ten and eight hundred
Once they are sold out, this limited edition 1075 carbon steel blade with deluxe scabbard will be gone for good.
Click here to get yours
Following hot on the heels of the extremely popular Crusader Longsword – Ronin have just released 3 new two handed swords with Deluxe scabbard upgrades – and they are looking absolutely gorgeous!
The new models – models 1 to 3 (which supersede the long discontinued first versions of that were given the same model numbers) – are all top quality 1075 carbon steel blades ready to cut straight out of the box.
So let’s take a quick look at them shall we?
Model One is a beast of a sword, and even with double fullers running down to the center of percussion, this 3lb 9oz Longsword is not for the faint of heart. Visually stunning, it is complimented and counter balanced by a thick fish tail pommel.
Model Two is perhaps the most traditional of the lot – weighing in at 2lbs 13oz – and with a clean central fuller also running to the CoP.
This two hander is an ABSOLUTE BEAST of a thing and a whole lot of steel for your money. Indeed, the sheer bulk of the extra wide (3.2″ a the base) blade (a whopping 4lbs 11oz) is the main reason for its higher price, and if you like super sturdy swords with considerable blade presence, this two hander is for YOU!
Check all the currently available models here
But don’t be too slow to pull the trigger on these, stocks are limited and understandably, they are very popular – so may sell out sooner than you might expect..
Just a few additional customization options for the full custom versions of the Ryujin series..
First off, a new saya – a blueish ‘forest green’ that is subtle enough to work with the green or blue tsuka ito handle colors, brown black or even white (though probably not purple or red, though to each his own – that is the BEAUTY of the custom katana concept, right?).
And then a couple more choices for tsuba, both gold gilded – the first perhaps the most traditional – a crane and a cherry blossom tree (what could be more Japanese really)..
And at the opposite end of the spectrum, for those who prefer a bolder, brasher center piece of their sword – a Bamboo Tiger and Samurai warrior themed tsuba!
You can find these have all been added to the available options on the original Custom Katana no-hi, Custom Katana with bo-hi and Elite Choji Hamon versions of the Ryujin custom Katana, and as usual the price remains the same..!
Check them out, and our current hot Ryujin limited edition sword specials in the Ryujin section of our store here.
Just something a little different with today’s post – some progress pics from the master smiths at Forge Direct who have been back from Chinese New Year holidays for a couple of weeks now and are well and truly making good progress on the orders received from the recent mega sale.
First off, a picture of the forge itself – all fired up and making blades around the clock.
Next up, a picture of one of the raw billets of steel, this particular billet to be folded to produce one of the Chinese Jians we offer in the series.
And after folding, the blade is skillfully drawn out to full length by one of the Master Smiths.
And finally, once the Master has finished his work – it is sent over to a certified Master Polisher, who cleans it all up, hones the edge and brings it to life..
The polishing alone is very labor intensive, each sword is hand polished for up to 10 hours starting with coarse and ending with refined grits – which adds considerably to the cost of the sword, but is worth every penny paid..
So anyway, just thought you might be interested in a sneak peak behind the scenes at what is going on.
It is full steam ahead – and very good to see after 2017 which was a very difficult year for the sword industry, and traditional Chinese swords in particular.
Talk to you all again soon!
Another hot special by our friends at Dragon King – this month we see a huge discount on their new Fletching Katana – a 65mn (Manganese) steel blade with attractive, Japanese archery themed fittings.
The blade of this one is, as mentioned, 65mn steel – which has the following properties:
65Mn is a readily-available Chinese steel that is formulated to provide good wear resistance and hardness. The medium-high carbon content makes for a high degree of toughness and resilience, while the manganese, in addition to improving these properties, improves the hot-working characteristics of the steel, making it an excellent candidate for forged sword blades.
65Mn Steel Composition: 0.62-0.7C 0.9-1.2Mn 0.17-0.37Si
As such, the end result is a hard wearing, yet traditional blade that you can count on to perform time and time again.
Truly amazing value at just $299.99 with FREE SHIPPING – grab these while you can.