Sometimes, things just keeping getting harder and harder.
First there was the Chinese New Year shut down, then the Covid-19 worldwide lockdown that resulted in the forges sitting idling for months longer than we ever expected..
Eventually, the forges began to re-open, but component supplies were and still are behind production schedules and international shipping ground to a halt (for a short time, it looked ok, but then all the orders bounced back at customs)..
FINALLY, things are starting to look more ‘normal’ and the forges are running at maximum capacity and slowly we are catching up on the extended backlog (though shipping costs have increased dramatically, literally sucking most of the humble profits out of all this years orders).
However, the backlog is still too large for my liking. Some component makers are STILL playing catch up, and so to ensure the forges focus their full attention on completing all the outstanding orders, we have no choice but to temporarily halt taking any and ALL new orders until we are properly caught up again.
Unfortunately, this also means that Project X Japanese has been pushed back yet another month or two – from a planned round of orders in February now looking likely to begin – well, who really knows right now..
Halting new orders is going to hurt both our and the forges bottom line – but at the end of the day, existing customers come first – and personally I just can’t keep taking orders until we have the backlog properly under control..
We will keep you updated as the backlog begins to look more manageable – in the meantime, our apologies for the inconvenience.
As we alluded to in the previous post, we have a LOT of new cool items about to hit the shelves at the SBG Sword Store. Here’s MY favorite (and its a great deal too, buy the big one, get the small one free!)..
Yes, it is the WORLDS LARGEST Wrench/Folding Knife Combination by one of Sam Sung, the owner of Ryujin Swords, Companies – S-TEC. I mean seriously, for $142 every Dad deserves one of these in his man cave (and it also comes with a smaller EDC version here for just $30 if you buy it by itself or FREE with every order of its big brother).
With that beast out of my system, here’s another by S-TEC, the most basic carbon steel chopper around with a price tag to match it ($19.99)
And then they offer what is perhaps my favorite type of knife next to a Tanto – the South East Asian Karambit with quick draw system (patent pending) for just – $24.99!
But if you like this basic entry level Karambit and want to get serious, another one of Sam’s companies – DEFCON – has you covered with the RAPTOR Karambit, available in Black or Bronze Finish.
EVERYTHING about these two blades screams premium quality – from the tempered CPM S35-VN w/ Silicon Nitride Coating blade to the milled 6AL4V Milled Titanium + Forged Carbon handles and smooth as silk cage bearing reinforced lock bar at $246.95 it’s worth every penny, and even better at our special price of just $185.95.
But we haven’t finished with our latest knifes just quite yet – for there is one more brand from Sam that spans the middle ground between S-TEC and DEFCON called Proelia.
My personal favorite, this little hard to classify D2 tool steel folder called the TX927 for $34.99 (which incidentally is a great price for properly tempered D2). But I have a soft spot for their interpretation of a Tactical folding Tanto, again D2 tool steel and again a bargain at $74.95.
That about catches us up with the knife expansion (well, we also quietly added a classic – the Hanwei Practical Plus Tanto for $194 here). After all, it was easy enough to list as we added not one but three new Hanwei Forge swords to the store – all Classics in their own right.
The first two are swords that are almost universally acclaimed by the community as worth every penny and then some, but are so rarely in stock in some cases nearly a decade has passed since they were last made available. But here they are, fresh stock straight off the boat of two swords that if you DON’T know about them, you owe it to yourself to have a look..
First up, the Banshee – an evolved, tactical version based on the Burmese Daab and a pattern typically found throughout what was once called ‘Indochina’ (Siam, Kampuchea, Burma, Laos, etc). But it’s really well made, incredibly good fun, and a steal at just $189.99.
But if you want to go beyond a steal and get a HEISTS worth of value, try this on for size – the Dark Sentinel!
Mixing elements of the Swiss Saber with the Japanese Katana, it is a solid performing cutting blade that tends to last for years and years without barely a scratch. And no, the $124.99 is NOT a typo..
And then one of Hanwei’s latest products, a special re-release of the Classic Tiger Katana designed by Paul Chen
Truly a sword we can strongly recommend – from the imported Japanese cotton ito to the brass leaf inlaid saya and absolutely stunning Swedish Powder Steel blade with real hada and hamon.. A tad expensive at its full price of $1650, but right on the money for $999.99 – you get your money’s worth and then some..
Well, hope you found something of interest for Dad this year.
PLEASE NOTE: While we will do our best to ship as fast as possible, orders placed now are NOT guaranteed to make it in time for fathers day. The sooner you get your order in, the better..
Fathers day is this Sunday the 21st of June, and believe you me, it will be upon us sooner than you can say ‘where the heck did that week go?’.
Behind the scenes, we are preparing a real bonanza of fathers day gifts for blade lovers of all types – and we sure have some REAL surprises coming up that are guaranteed to delight even the most jaded blade and sword enthusiast..
But to kick things off, we have a time sensitive offer that may not make it in time for the newsletter – as the special offer coming from the distributor ends this Thursday the 18th of June, and is just too cool to let it pass by without giving you guys a chance to grab the discount we are passing on from the master distributor.
So what is this mystery blade?
It’s name is ‘Whisper’ by Kizylar Supreme, designed Jason Breeden, Made in Russia – and is a fusion blade of East and West, a Russian take on the Japanese Tanto, the perfect blend of tradition and pragmatism.
We hate to use the word ‘super steel’ but if you are familiar with Bohler M390 steel you will know it is about as close as it can get for a knife. Evey aspect of this blade uses the best modern technology has to offer: blue/black layered 3d milled G10 scales and until the 18th, you can get it for just $147.99.
Stay tuned for more blades coming this week – but this is one of the nicest, so don’t wait too long and let it pass you by. There are less than 3 days left on this special, and stocks are limited with no rainchecks possible.
As you know, we are careful about what products we list in our store – and list everything by the philosophy that if I would not buy it, then I refuse to stock it..
But with the recent expansion of our store to include medieval daggers by Legacy Arms – there were a few, four specifically, daggers from Darksword Armory that I would snap up in a heartbeat..
First up, how about $80 all inclusive for this Stiletto!
But if you want to get serious, then the last three are the ones you will want to take a very close look at. All of the following blades with FREE SHIPPING and FREE SHARPENING service as well as a free wood core scabbard that matches the sword of the same name.
Starting with one of my favorites, just $300 for the Einar Fantasy Viking Dagger.
And how about a matching Ranger dagger to go with Striders’ sword for $190 all inclusive?
And fans of John Boorman, how about Excalibur the dagger – just $215?
These really are crazy good deals. Check them all out below:
You may or may not recall a forge that was making some medieval swords and imported by our good friends at Ryujin Sword after the forge went out of business. This discontinued bad boy..
Well, while they don’t have that special deal again, the forge was purchased by a new one – and if this line proves popular, we will bring in more models over time..
And honestly, they have a lot going for them.
Basically the latest offering is two 13th-14th Century Archers Swords, really fast in the hand with great balance yet a lot of cutting power and one heck of a nasty point..
But here is where this sword ‘outshines’ (pardon the pun) the recent influx of low cost (and quite problematic) sword lines hitting the market recently..
For a start, where other sub $200 medieval use 1045 carbon steel, this baby uses 65MN Spring Steel, a very tough and affordable Chinese steel used for truck springs and even the bayonets of AK47s.. All the parts of steel, full tang construction and a comfortable wood core triple riser handle.
Even the scabbard is not bad as a FREEBIE – with steel throat and chape and complex faux leather suspension system for display or wearing. But don’t expect too much from the scabbard, the money is in the sword itself.. (as it SHOULD be!).
Two versions are available, the monotempered version and a folded version. As anyone who has read our basic guide to Sword Steels 101 will know, it takes a master smith to make a strong folded blade, so these are more for display than heavy duty use – but are, dare I say it, probably stronger than the historical originals..! (we really are spoiled for choice due to the quality and purity of modern crucible steel).
Anyway, have a look and see what you think. Stock are limited, and at these prices and not so many in stock, they will sell like hotcakes..
Only available while stocks last. They aren’t anywhere near the same league as Ronin’s Medieval selection, but for those on a tight budget or just like the design, they are better than similar knock offs on the market ripping off Ronin’s parts, designs and old suppliers (who made the first batch for Ronin, and had to quit them because the quality was awful and they lied about the steel used!).
At least with Ryujin, you know what you are getting!