SBG Scratch and Dent Katana..

Technically speaking, they aren’t scratched and they aren’t dented.. The only issue with these 6 swords is that you cannot disassemble them because we had to permanently attach the tsuka.. But when they are priced like this and don’t need any modifications to look any better, I don’t really see why you would need to..

The six swords you see below are all from batches 36 to 39 of the SBG Custom Katana – which I am pleased to say we are aiming to bring back as soon as we have the final swords from batch 40 cleared from a bit of a customs tangle and out into the hands of the customers..

Each of these swords had that issue we experienced on the Black Dragon line and the SBG custom katana series in 2016 – that is to say the wood had shifted during the summer months and shifted slightly inside the handle when swung. Not an uncommon thing, and something we have taken many steps to avoid a repeat of, but enough for us to fail them with the stringent level of QC we apply to this line..

So while we have already either refunded the customers who originally ordered them or made them a replacement, we need to try and minimize the losses – and our misfortune is again your opportunity to snap up a bargain..!

Here are the 6 designs in all their glory with a brief description. They are available on a first come first served basis and of course, this is not something we plan or hope to repeat, so if you like one of them be sure to grab it before someone else does..!


Unlike cheap folded blades, which are often much worse than an unfolded one, the folded models below are all folded professionally and provide that traditional hada aesthetic without losing anything in the way of structural integrity. Most also have other upgrades such as leather ito with hisigami and/or rayskin wrap on the saya and would normally cost around $550 at SBG, considerably more if we followed standard industry pricing..

Leather Ito, Rayskin Saya – Folded Blade. Sold for $564.99. Now $329.99.

Folded Blade, bo-hi – work hardened copper fittings. Sold for $489.99 now $269.99..

Upgraded Saya with Rayskin Wrap, Folded Blade – bo-hi, work hardened copper fittings. Sold for $564.99, now available for $329.99..

Folded Blade, Black Tiger Iron Fittings, textured saya. Sold for $489.99, now just $269.99..


Only two here, crazy pricing..

Black on blacketey black with Oni Matsuri work hardened copper fittings.. The blade is not blood red, just the lighting in the pic – click on the pic of any of these swords to see more images.. Sold for $429.99, now being sacrified for $229.99..

And an Iron Tiger themed tanto – just $149.99..

Each of these swords has otherwise passed QC testing, and indeed they actually cost us more to repair than the stupid $100-$250 discounts we are applying to them..

But we need to at least recover some of the losses – so insane as it is – best get them before someone else does or I come to my senses and realize I should not be discounting them by this much.. (I am not kidding, as I write this post I am thinking – no way I should be selling them this low – and that is NOT some kind of marketing gimmick!).

Well, hope they go to a good home.

– Paul

Custom Katana – Slowly Getting Back on Track…

As anyone who has been following the SBG Custom Katana Batch Status Page will know, it has been a very hard road dealing with numerous unexpected delays on from batch 37 onwards – and while batch 37 was recently completed, we are still struggling to catch up on batch 38-40 – though on the positive side as each of these batches are quite small, we are hoping to make significant progress getting them sorted, inspected and out to our patiently waiting customers this month..

In the meantime though, here are some pics of some of the completed swords from batch 38.


I will do my best to keep everyone updated, really looking forward to getting it all back on track I can assure you..

Batch 37 Update – SBG Custom Katana

While orders remain closed as we try to catch up on a backlog of orders on Batch 37 and Batch 38 of the SBG Custom Katana (an email update to all customers is being written at the same time as this Blog Post) – I thought I would share a pic of a few swords in the final stages of completion from batch 37 that the forge took a couple of weeks ago.


We will update the status page as we go, so please bear with us – unfortunately delays are part and parcel of any custom sword project, but they are frustrating and stressful to deal with and rest assured – we are doing our best to minimize the delay without compromising quality.

We will update you all again soon.



Batch 40 Extended – last chance before batch shutdown for catch up..

As you may have noticed from the Custom Katana Batch Status Page we are running behind on the scheduled delivery of Batch 37 and, by default, also batch 38 by around 3 weeks. This is due to both the nature of custom sword orders and some extra quality control measures we have taken to ensure we maintain the highest possible standard for this SBG flagship product line.

To ensure we do not get too far behind, after batch 40 closes we will be PAUSING taking any new orders until the backlog is under control as a courtesy to our customers who are waiting and to ensure we keep control of the backlog. As such, batch 40, which should not likely be actually effected by the delay – will be extended until midnight Friday the 24th of June.

We thank everyone for their patience – the SBG custom katana is not the fastest turnaround custom sword we have, but the level of quality control we apply to it is unheard of in the industry, especially at this relatively low price point and our customers always tell us they are worth the extra wait.. But we also understand how it feels to be waiting around for it, so we will do our best to minimize the delay while still ensuring you get the very best sword possible.

We will endeavor to keep you updated and plan to send out an email update to batch 37 and 38 customers soon.

In the meantime, if you wish to place an order before the temporary order pause (which will last until we have batch 37 out the door and batch 38 in hand and under control) – with this one week extension, now is your chance.

Thanks all,

– Paul Southren

Custom Katana – Batch 40 Now Taking Orders

We just closed off on batch 39 of the SBG Custom Katana, due 17th of August – and have opened up Batch 40 accordingly. Batch 37 is now in the final stages of assembly, all the blades have been done and once assembled should ship by the end of the month and start to arrive in Canada for inspection and final shipping in June as scheduled (though I have been told that bad weather in Longquan and across China generally is causing delays with saya drying times on pretty much everything there and at many other forges, though hopefully it will not slow things down too much on batch 37 and batch 38).

You can check the status of the most recent batches here (just updated).

Additionally, because we now have 3 brands of custom katana and each one is similar but ultimately very different, we added a new page to our blog “Custom Katana – Similarities and Differences” here