Longship Armory – Odin’s Oar!

For the last 6 months or so I have been involved in preparing an exciting new project that is scheduled to launch in January 2018..

It started with a Fantasy Sword design competition that appeared in the Sword Buyers Digest Online Magazine, and then developed into several brainstorming sessions with SBG members on the SBG Sword Forum to populate a detail rich fantasy world where the swords we designed could all be situated in..

Over the months, quietly a dedicated website has been building – now over 200 pages – and still building ahead of the official launch.

But the very first sword from this project has come of age – and I am proud to say that it is without a shadow of a doubt the most exclusive and beautiful sword that SBG has EVER been involved with in the last 12 years..

It was designed, not from the competition, but by none other than John Lundemo of Odin Blades fame. But the steel was forged by KC Lund – and I am not alone in my estimation of how unique this blade is.. Not only is it the finest blade we have ever been invoved with at SBG – but John himself said of it:

“Definitely one of the best swords, if not the best, with which I’ve been involved over the past 30-some years”

  • John Lundemo, Odinblades/Longship Armory

The sword is ‘Fantasy Viking Sword’, Pattern welded by KC Lund from L6 and O1 steels for legendary durability and a razor sharp, hard wearing edge.


Odin’s Oar: The Sword of Runa, Martyr of Stormwater

This is no run of the mill production piece: it is a true limited edition sword – only 20pcs will EVER be made, after which no more will be created to protect its value and ensure that the lucky few who get to own one will have their investment protected.

Now we have detailed the full backstory, and given you a look into how it was made, who made it, and the basic outline of who Runa of Stormwater was, what she did, and how it fits into the Legends we are creating. Exclusive artwork is currently being designed by Warren Louw of DC comics fame, and an accompanying signed poster of Runa and Odin’s Oar will also be provided with each sword when it is completed..

You can read all about it on the main site here

But in the meantime, here are few other bits and pieces of information that you might have questions about..

How much is it and when will it be completed?

The pictures are of the prototype, but as everything is being made by the same people and in house in the USA, what you see is what you too can get..

Normally, if you were to have this custom made as a one off, based on the cost of the time spent making each one, plus materials and everything else would run to around $4800. Hardly ‘cheap’ but if you do some research you will know that it is not at all unreasonable for this price tag (heck, bare blade modern day made Nihonto typically start at this price point – most are considerably more..)

But by making them in batches of 10, and with everyone cutting their margins to the absolute minimum as a service to the SBG community, we have priced it at just $2750 – and believe me, there is no way that it can go even a few dollars lower than this price, so no further discounts will be available as it is already priced at what you would normally pay just for the DEPOSIT alone..! (just the credit card fees to process an order are over $120 – which is almost all of the SBG share of the profits – THAT is how close to the bone we have priced it!).

We have said that it should be completed and shipped out in May 2018 – however, KC Lund has already gone ahead and forged the first 10 blade blanks. and it may well come in MUCH sooner, so we have allowed a nice buffer of time and will do our best to bring it in earlier..

How much needs to be paid up front?

As stated, the full price is actually around what you would normally pay for a deposit to secure this sword. Because of this, you require full payment up front for two reasons:

1. We cannot afford to spend time and money chasing up people and holding back swords to get the balance sorted out. We are serious about this, and require you to be serious about it too.

2. Most sword makers require a non-refundable deposit – and that just does not sit right with me if for some reason we cannot get a hold of you to chase up the balance before shipping as that is money for nothing, and that just isn’t how we roll.

Our promise is that the sword you will receive will meet and exceed your expectations. That is what Longship Armoury is famous for – if for some reason when you get it you aren’t happy, you can simply return it for refund. Never heard of this happening with Longship Armoury sword, most people who own one would need to have it pried from their dead hand..! 😉

When will the FINAL batch of 10pcs be made?

We have not yet set a firm date for the final run – but I would imagine sometime late in 2018. Places do fill up pretty fast usually, and we have several previous Longship Armoury customers already chomping at the bit just waiting for this announcement, so don’t be surprised if despite the relatively high price point (which is actually a total bargain) the first 10 spots and the final 10 will fill up very fast..

I can think of no better way to lead into the launch of our dedicated Fantasy Sword Site – Legendary Swords: the Eletreus Project and truly honored to be able to offer this to you all as a SBG exclusive.

It is very exciting stuff – and truly one of the most beautiful modern day swords made from two of the best and rarest sword steels around.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will leave you with a close up of the Pattern Welded steel blade (click for full size)

Click here to read the backstory and more info on SBG

Click here to see it in the SBG Sword Store!

Just in time for Christmas..

With Christmas just around the corner, and our earlier sale of the Ryujin Musashi Tsuba running out of stock over a week earlier than we had planned, here is our FINAL offer for 2017..

And, as you might expect, it’s a GOOD ONE – a BRAND NEW, limited edition Custom Katana – this time the sleek lined Aikuchi Custom Katana Christmas Special which would normally be between $229 – $269, but is now on special until sold out for a ridiculously low $179.99..

An Aikuchi Katana is basically a slim lined blade without a tsuba – and in this case, it is made visually interesting by the use of a new set of solid brass tsunami wave themed fittings that don’t NEED a tsuba to look fantastic..!

Here are a couple of pics that show you what I mean..

The detailed brass Fuchi with tsunami theme and natural T10 tool steel hamon these swords are famous for

The tsuka and Kashira, also solid brass with the same tsunami wave theme

As stock of these new tsuka are limited (and indeed, almost everything but the blades is running out right now) and with Christmas only just around the corner (especially when you factor in shipping delays and bottlenecks at this time of year) the SOONER you order the better..

While it usually takes up to a week for the workshop to assemble and ship your custom Ryujin order, right now it is all hands on deck and the turnaround time now is typically no more than 2 business days! So there is time, but if you want a custom sword in time for Christmas, you really do need to step on it before it is too late..

And one final bonus – you also get your choice of one of four deluxe sword bags that we usually sell in the accessories section of the store for $19.99 absolutely free!

This will be the last major offer in the lead up to Christmas, as by the end of this week if you haven’t ordered a sword in time for Christmas, it probably isn’t going to make it in time..

So get these while you can – the last sale ran out very quickly, and with the hot looking design and style, like the previous offer they can be withdrawn from sale at any time..

Ryujin T10 Custom Katana – Aikuchi Limited Edition Christmas Special

(P.S. If this link no longer works, it means they are already sold out)..

Massive Sword and a Massive Discount

This is a sword for the collector who ‘has everything’..

The MASSIVE Taotie Jian by Dragon King – one of the largest swords around with a total length of 4′ 3″!

Here is a comparison of side by side with a normal Chinese Jian (29″ blade).

But it is the weight and the handling that will blow you away – for despite all that size, this high carbon steel beast weighs just 2lbs 6oz! In other words, it is terrifyingly fast and can keep pace with a standard Jian while keeping the opponent well out of harms way..

Add to this the super thick (3/8″ thick!) 7″ ricasso and it can absorb even the heaviest attack without fear of damage.

And from now until Friday the 15th of December it is not $819 but HALF PRICE with FREE SHIPPING at just $409.50, making it the perfect Christmas gift to blow away the collector who thinks they have seen it all..

Click here for more information

Changes to the store and Darksword Armory

I mentioned it a little over a week ago in my post ‘less products? Well, yes..’ but now the transition that I touched on is complete.

Until about a week ago we had a few swords in stock that were NOT sharpened in any way, notably those by Darksword Armory and a few training blunts by Kingston Arms and Hanwei. But as we often get asked the same questions, and many people seemed confused about what was sharp and what was not, we decided to remove EVERY sword that was unsharpened, so now every blade comes sharp by default.

In the case of Darksword Armory, we also reorganized our listings – focusing entirely on their fantasy sword lines, as very few other companies make decent battle ready fantasy swords, and it is something that I feel Darksword is quite unique in.

But as we also had a lot of confusion about Darksword products, I have decided that we will ONLY offer a sharpened version, and only offer the ones with the upgraded scabbards with integrated sword belts and suspension systems.

As to the sharpening itself, it has got a LOT better after many complaints over the years and is the main reason why we stopped offering it. But now, every sword is given a paper cutting test before it is shipped out – so this was also part of the reason why we were confident to be able to offer sharpened versions again.

And we are also delighted to be able to bring back one of their most POPULAR fantasy swords, the stunning Lord of the Rings inspired Anduril Sword!

Click here for more information

As part of the store tidy up and re-organization, we also changed the navigation to make things easier to find, collapsed a few categories of swords into broader ones (such as we moved all the Viking swords into the European/Medieval section – after all the medieval period is generally defined as a thousand years between the 5th and 15th centuries) and hopefully just made the site easier to use and understand, especially for first time visitors.

As a final note, if you have not wrapped up your Christmas sword shopping yer I STRONGLY recommend you do it as soon as possible. The closer we get to Christmas, the more chaotic shipping becomes, and the higher the chance that someone, somewhere will screw up an order and there may not be time to correct it before the grand unveiling.

That’s it for now, talk to you all again soon!

– Paul