Batch 20 opens THIS weekend!

Hi everyone!

I’m pleased to advise that with batch 19 now officially on the way from the forge to my agent that we will officially start taking new orders on Batch 20 Starting THIS WEEKEND!

I’ve got quite a few emails to sort through from people inquiring about this upcoming batch, so if you are waiting on a reply from me please hold on just a little bit longer and I’ll get to you as soon as I can.

In the meantime, here’s a few more pics of batch 19 that the forge snapped for me before they shipped them out.

Swords in ‘socks’ to protect the sayas while prepping
T10 blades with natural hamon
The ‘Black Dragons’ – with and without bo-hi

I’ll try to keep everyone posted, but in the meantime – stand by!

Talk to you all again soon.

– Paul

SBG Custom Katana and Project X

Ok, just a quick follow up to the previous post of the 20th of June.

Things are moving along quite rapidly with batch 19 of the SBG Custom Katana and it is now EXTREMELY close for us to start taking orders on batch 20. Rather than repeat myself here, if you are interested check out the SBG Custom Katana blog here.

The other VERY exciting news concerns Project X – Master Smith forged Katana made under the SBG and Ronin Katana banner. As mentioned in the previous post, the whole story (and it’s a long one) will be posted in the July edition of the Sword Buyers Digest Online Magazine – so if you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you subscribe..

But in the meantime, here’s your chance to sign up to the official Project X notification list!


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So stay tuned folks, July is going to be HUGE!

P.S. We have changed the look and feel of both this blog and the SBG Custom Katana blog to better match the store, plus added a ‘window’ to the Store Blog on the news page. Hope you like it!

Talk to you all again soon.

– Paul

Nearly THAT time again…

Ok, definitely time for a blog update – and quite a bit to report!

First off, Batch 19 should be shipping out from the forge by the end of the month – I’ve just sent a couple of update emails to everyone in this batch along with some pics, but here’s a couple of pics for everyone else.

Some great use of the various configuration options

Gotta love those hamon – the blades rock

Of course with batch 19 nearly clear it means that Batch 20 may well be only a week or so away from opening up on new orders (as it takes a while to process everyone’s orders, compile the master order sheet for the forge, etc – and I don’t want the forge to be sitting idle in the interim).

So if you have been waiting for a shot at creating your own custom Katana in this next batch, you may not have to wait all that much longer!

The only other thing I should mention is that along with batch 19 we will have another limited run of the SBG Black Dragon Katana coming in.

A ‘peek’ at some of the Black Dragons in the incoming shipment

So it’s definitely all hands on deck at the moment, that is for sure!

I’ll post again soon with some more news on batch 19 and a firm date for new orders on batch 20 so talk to you all again shortly!

Thanks all,
– Paul

Low Stock and a Special Offer or two

Hi everyone,

It took a bit longer to take care of all the loose ends after my trip, and as our stock levels have become increasingly thin into June there really wasn’t all that much to post about anyway..

We are expecting restocks of our extremely popular Ronin Katana and Cheness Cutlery swords towards the middle of July, but in the meantime I’ll be the first to admit that the store was looking a little bare.

So to this end I had a chat to Hanwei and was able to wrangle a deal to tide you all over until the restock arrives, a very special price on two of the Raptor 5160 Spring Steel blades – the Shobu Zukuri Katana and the Wakizashi – both available at a price below the usual WHOLESALE cost.

With prices increasing across the industry, this is likely to be the last chance to pick up one of these swords at this kind of price – it may not be the most amazing deal we have been able to put on the table for this series, but the days of amazing clearout specials are well and truly over.

Instead, it is quite simply a great opportunity to pick up a solid cutter at a slightly lower price than you would pay if you were a sword WHOLESALER – and you may also notice that with the optional Ricky Chen Deluxe Sharpening service on offer you can take it to the next level and get this sturdy sword honed with an edge that is so sharp it feels like you’ll cut your eye looking at it!

Next month should see a lot more activity as the restocks come in, and if all goes to plan, we will open up for new orders on Batch 20 of the SBG custom Katana (Batch 19 is basically completed and about to ship, just waiting on a few of the more complicated designs to be completed and some pics from the forge before posting on the other blog).

Plus, our long awaited collaboration with Ronin Katana, Project X is picking up momentum and I have just finished writing an official announcement that will be published in next months issue of the Sword Buyers Digest – very exciting stuff for higher end Katana enthusiasts around the corner indeed!

But in the meantime if you are bargain minded and weren’t able to pick up one of the Raptors from last years super sale don’t wait around on this one – while we will always try to bring you as many manufacturer direct discount deals as possible, special deals like this one are becoming rarer as the industry tightens up, so don’t miss out..

– Paul

Quick Update

Just a quick update as to where we are up to.

Right now we are firmly in between batches 18 and 19. Batch 18 has been a real pain this time around, delayed first by Chinese New Year the ‘stragglers’ were further held by customs for a ridiculously long period. While most swords have been shipped out, the majority of the sword sets have been sent back to the forge by customs and will apparently need additional documentation (never happened quite like that before, but the procedures for importing blades in quantity are nebulous and change constantly). So we have had no choice but to comply, bite the bullet, and reship them back to Canada.

Anyway, I’m contacting these last few individuals personally after this blog post is finished to let them know and figure out our options.. Not fun I can tell you.. 🙁

Fortunately, things are looking a lot smoother for batch 19 (officially batched on the 11th of April). To help customers keep track of where we are up to I have changed the counter on the SBG custom sword page to count down until it is due (must admit, I think I am addicted to these counter things!)

I hope to be posting some photos of batch 19’s progress on this blog early next month. Naturally, we wont be taking new orders until batch 19 is completed and in transit, so for those who are waiting for another opportunity, for the time being the above counter is a rough guide.

Will post another update soon – as always if anyone has any concerns at all please contact me personally and I will get back to you asap.

– Paul