It has been about 6 months or so since the Chinese government, in an effort to improve air quality, took the drastic action of shutting down tens of thousands of non compliant factories, foundries and workshops across the country.
Including, as we know, all the major suppliers of koshirae (sword for fittings for Katana) who got caught up in the crackdown, severely limiting the selections available for Japanese styled swords across the board, and specifically for our Forge Direct Elite Katana series..
Well, I am pleased to say that the fittings are back, cleaner and greener than ever before!
So the silver lining caused by the previous (polluted) dark cloud over the industry means that now,the Forge Direct Katana series has more choices than EVER before, as we added a ton of solid iron tsuba made by the forge itself to make up for the loss of the work hardened copper sets.. And with the return of the original sets, it brings the number of tsuba and fuchigashira set options to over 82 different sets!
So now there is surely something to suit everyone’s taste.
Recently I met up with my personal friend and business associate, Sam Sung, one of the founders of Musashi Swords,Ryujin Swords and many other well known sword and knife brands..
Quite a few of the project ideas we discussed are a bit far down the line, but there were a couple of new products that came out of the discussion that we are able to offer you right now..
The first is a general restock of our Ryujin custom swords and return of the 33″ custom O-katana – and return of the special introductory pricing of just $229.99 – the same price as the regular sized blades!
But during our discussions I also found out about two other swords that Sam has managed to source, and after some negotiation, have added the minimum markup and am offering them to you guys at pretty amazing prices..
The first of the two new swords is a basic entry level 1045 carbon steel blade in Shirasaya.
As you can see, it is a bare blade in glossy lacquered natural wood fittings – for just $74.99 PLUS you also get your choice of a free budget cleaning kit or sword stand..
And then there is one that literally blew me away, a fully functional 1060 carbon steel version of the iconic Ming Dynasty sword, the Yong Lo Sword – for just (wait for it)…
No doubt other less scrupulous sellers would be happy to offer this sword to you for $400 to $600, simply because it looks like it should sell for that much.. But that’s not the SBG way..
More products and projects are coming down the line from this auspicious meeting (indeed, it was our first meeting several years ago that led to the Ryujin Custom Katana line in the first place) so stay tuned.
For the first time there was a mix up with one of our Forge Direct Chinese Sword orders – instead of the King of Qin Sword, our good customer was sent a King of Chu Sword – and to make matters worse, there was a discrepancy with how the hilt was finished.
Instead of this:
The hilt ended up looking like this:
Otherwise though, it is a great example of a Forge Direct 1095 carbon steel folded blade – and priced to sell as the normal price on this sword is $749.99 but this one, which is available for immediate shipping, is on offer for less than half price at just $299.99 with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
A crazy deal for someone who is fast – if it is still available you will find it at the top of the HOT SPECIALS page.