New Versions of the Spring Sakura and Autumn Leaf Katana by Popular Demand

The tough Monotempered 5160 Spring Steel blades from Dragon King’s “4 Seasons Line” (so called because they have a blade themed in fittings reflecting each of the seasons) have often been lauded as very attractive fitting sets, but over the years since they first came out, many customers who purchased one started asking Dragon King if there would ever be a version with a more refined, differentially hardened blade..

..Well, they need ask no further – two of the 4 blades have just been released as an alternative version – the Spring Sakura and the Autumn Leaf..



The fittings are the same, but both blades have been replaced with differentially hardened 5160 blades with bo-hi/fuller and a real hamon temper line.

Available at the MSRP of $599.00, you can pick up either of these models for just $429.99 at the SBG Sword store. Combine one with a tough ‘beater’ blade from the original monotempered series and you can now have one workhorse ‘forgiving of mistakes’ version and the new version suitable for more dedicated cutting, self defense, display or to see how much your technique has improved training with the tough versions.

Check out the full range of Dragon King Katana below:

2 Cool New Renaissance Swords (and a Main Gauche) from Kingston Arms!

The Renaissance of Renaissance Swords in 2024 continues to gain some momentum with two new affordable 17th century Renaissance blades, one a powerful sidesword originally from Italy that is balanced between thrust and cut, and a new version of the Kingston Arms Swept hilt rapier, this version with blackened antiqued finish fittings.

And the best part, they are BOTH very affordable with our SBG Special Prices and under $300!


STATS: Overall: 41″ Blade Length: 32 3/4″ Handle Length: 4 1/4″ Weight: 2lb 9oz Point of Balance: 2″ Thickness at Guard: 5.5mm Thickness at Tip: 2.8mm


STATS: Overall: 42 7/8″ Blade Length: 37″ Handle Length: 3 1/2″ Weight: 2 lbs Point of Balance: 2 5/8″ Width at Guard: 0.75″ Thickness at Guard: 5.5mm Thickness at Tip: 2.5mm

Plus, as mentioned in the title – these two swords also have available a cool off hand defensive and opportunistic shorter blade, the Main Gauche, which suits either one for the full ‘Renaissance sword’ experience.


STATS: Overall: 16 1/2″ Blade Length: 11″ Handle Length: 5 1/2″ Weight: 13 oz Width at Guard: 0.85″ Thickness at Guard: 5.3mm Thickness at Tip: 2.2mm

Check out all of these blades plus 7 other stocked Renaissance blades in the Kingston Arms Renaissance Collection below:

Quick and the Dead – the Hanwei Shinto Katana!

It is one of the most wishlisted item in our store and has been out of stock for at least 5 years if not more – so much so that we were beginning to doubt whether it would EVER be available again..

But after all this time we are DELIGHTED to announce that this awesome sword is back in stock – though with so many years of pent up demand and only the slightest increase in price (for now anyway) they are certain be be gobbled up fast.

Find out what all the fuss is about by reading THIS classic SBG review and then check it out below if you want to grab one before they go out of stock once again for who knows how long..

5 New Swords by Master Michael Ye for Forge Direct Chinese

To replace the 5 designs from forge direct that we permanently retired last month, we are delighted to announce 5 new designs that take their place. Starting from the most basic and working our way up..

Four Beasts Jian

The best value for money sword in the new selection – it’s an awesome classic Jian with detailed brass fittings depicting the four beasts from Chinese mythology and legend – The Dragon, White Tiger, Phoenix and Tortoise. Also available with a fittings upgrade with 24K gold and silver if you want to next level it.

Ghost-Banishing Sword

For over 2600 years, swords like this one were believed to banish bad luck and evil spirits. But as with all the Forge Direct blades, this is no mere ornament or lucky charm and is equally at home banishing home invaders or other bad guys as it is banishing evil spirits and bad luck. Complex folded steel octagonal blade geometry with lucky fittings. Upgraded version with darker fittings and 24k gold and silver plating available.

Dragon Tiger Jian

Another classic Qing Dynasty Jian with a folded and differentially hardended blade decked out with premium quality 24k gold and silver Dragon and Tiger themed fittings. Stunning and deadly.

Silver Dragon Sword

Unique Octagonal blade geometry with a prominent central ridge and curious star pattern in the folded steel that has to be seen to be believed. The design is perfected with premium quality 24k gold and silver Dragon themed fitting sets.

Fire Dragon Sword

Classic Tai Chi style folded and double sided differentially hardened blade with elite 24k gold and silver plated fittings with a rayskin handle and rayskin covered scabbard. Available in standard and green colored configurations – the pinnacle of the new Forge Direct selection.

Hope at least one of these new designs has your name on it! Check out our entire selection below:

NEW: Doomsday Sword Number 10 by Scorpion Swords – Behind the Scenes and How It’s Made

It is the second Ragnarok inspired Viking blade in Jason Woodards Doomdsay Sword series and the second with a curious fusion of ancient Norse design with modern materials and blade making techniques – starting as it always does with a 1:1 scale sketched design.

After careful consideration of the overall design and individual design elements, Chris Palmer then creates and has cut out a Master Template in 1095 carbon steel.

The blank has some basic edge geometry ground in and the handle is drilled in 11 places where pins and epoxy will later bind the handle to the steel.

Edges are further refined and a narrow fuller is ground along the center of the blade on both sides, providing it it’s general shape and styling.

The entire blade is then heat treated to around 1500 degrees and then quenched in brine, hardening it, before the steel is heated a second time to approx 500 degrees and allowed to temper.

The tempered blade is cleaned up and polished, and has two blocks of Black Linen Mircarta pinned and epoxied on both sides in a classic hard wearing sandwich tang construction.

From there, the handle is ground to shape and has 5 additional brass pins inserted, for one of the strongest blade to handle and overall strength swords currently on the market,

Finally it is all cleaned up, the blade is given it’s final edge, the handle gets wrapped in deer leather (and if ordered, the optional scabbard is fitted and made).

And the end result, Doomsday Sword #10 – Viking Type 8, now available at the SBG Sword Store for just $279.99

Not bad for an entirely made by hand in the USA blade!