The Forge Direct 9 Dragons Jian is made by rank 1 master smiths at the esteemed Baojian forge, but even Baojian has its off days..
Made in November last year, one of these swords arrived in less than perfect condition, with a few cosmetic marks on the folded and differetially hardened blade near the hilt..
And there is also a cosmetic gap in the hilt fittings that should have been finished better..
Normally a pristine new version of this sword would set you back $1,300 and you can order a new one for $975 at the SBG Store here – but otherwise, for these two issues one lucky and quick person can get these Dragon themed blade at the marked down price of just $390
Kingdom of Arms is closing out and discontinuing two unique blades from their Brookhart collection, the 15th century Sidesword and one of the nicest Falchions ever seen on the market. And to help them move, both are marked down by 15% until the end of February and while stocks last.
Second of the February Flash sales sees the two ends of the spectrum of the Dragon King Katana line go on special until midnight Valentines day..
At the high end, the stunning Kawanakajima Katana, a folded mix of T10 tool steel and 9260 spring steel with prominent clay tempered hamon and ornate, silver fittings make this blade a treasure.
And indeed, with a MSRP of $1,500 (and our everyday low price of $1200) it is very much at the pinnacle of what a production Katana can be. But with the Flash sale you can pick it up for well below WHOLESALE for just $799.99 until midnight Valentines – a HUGE saving of over $400 of our already discounted pricing and $700 off the usual MSRP!
To the high end Kawanakajima, the next Feb Flash sale item is Dragon King’s most AFFORDABLE entry level blade – their differentially hardened 65 MN Spring Steel ‘Yanone’ Katana:
Sure, it might be made from a fairly simple (yet very robust) steel and the fittings are very basic by comparison, but with the flash sale price of $249.99 (marked down from $299.99, which was marked own already from the MSRP of $439) it’s Dragon King quality at the price of generic blades and well worth a closer look..
Leveraging the already proven Forge Direct and Project X Soshu Kitae Custom Katana furniture sets and customization options, this Master Smith forged blade is polished to near perfection by Master Polishers using Japanese fingerstones to make the clear natural hamon line POP like never before, and shows just how refined a T10 tool steel DH blade can be when no expense is spared.
Just take a closer look at how defined and clear the nioi of the blade can become, with prominent ashi..
With this sword added to the line up of Custom Katana we have available at SBG, there are now FOUR distinct levels or Tiers of Custom Katana blades available, from entry level Ryujin builds at Tier I (whose blades and fittings are made at the same forge, but shipped as parts to the USA and assembled to order) to Forge Direct at Tier III, which are built entirely at the forge and shipped worldwide from Longquan, and now two models of Project X at Tier IV – the new Choji blades which refine the T10 blade to its highest possible level, and the complex laminated 1095/1060/1045 blades of the original Soshu Kitae Project X Custom Katana.
This new blade also announces the end of the current sale on Forge Direct and Project X. However as we have taken all the data from the sale to arrive at the fairest and most sustainable price points for the entire project, the new sale prices are ALMOST unchanged – the Forge Direct Custom Katana only goes up from the sale price of $629.99 to an even $700 with almost all other prices remaining where they are for as long as we can sustain current sale levels – which is good news for everyone!
This T10 Choji Hamon Forge Direct Master Smith blade is complimented with a suite of Dragon themed fittings, from the 24K gold plated Dragon tsuba to the elite Mother of Pearl inlaid Dragon saya to an exclusive and highly detailed premium Dragon horimono engraving (which at $100 on one side, is normally not something we offer on the custom Katana series) complimented with upgraded Black leather ito with hishigami.
If you add it all up, the total cost of this build would normally be $924.50, but is available at the same price as the base custom Katana for just $700 shipped – and with only 10pcs ever to be made, is definitely a unique and attractive offer for lovers of Dragon themed blades..
Pretty exciting stuff – check out the current full line ups for current pricing and models available: