While restocks and new products are few and far between in 2022, we don’t always make a big song and dance about every single new item that comes in. But here are a handful of interesting new additions to consider, starting with an expansion to the 1095 DH Katana series by Ryujin with the ‘Kame’ Katana.
RYUJIN 1095 DIFFERENTIALLY HARDENED ‘KAME’ KATANA
These are entry level swords that tick all the boxes:
Decent heft and balance with real hamon temper line
Nice firmly wrapped cotton ito over real rayskin
Solid brass fittings with copper accents
Great cutting action – perfect for the dojo or at home
And the best part, the special introductory price of just $199.99!
The next items are ‘accessories’ and the first one is an item that you could use to channel your inner Deadpool or ninja with a Universal Backmounted Sword System.
Made from nylon with an adjustable strap, almost any sword can be carried on the back (though drawing and resheathing can be a different matter depending on blade length) and works with almost any sword type.
Our friends at CAS Iberia, master distributors for such well known and respected brands such as Paul Chen’s Hanwei Forge, Dragon King, A.P.O.C., Kingston Arms and more – has once again defied the supply chain odds and restocked with many of their most popular items.
So lets do some impromptu ‘unboxing’ to see some of the treasures that have just come back online again, starting with..
Tinker Pearce Longsword
It’s nearly impossible to hold the sub $250 price on this sword, and they are rarely in stock for longer than a week or two after they land, so if you have always missed out on this sword – for a limited time you have a chance to secure one before they sell out again (if you like Longswords, this is one of the very best at a crazy low price).
In addition to the regular and expected restocks, Hanwei also restocked a couple classic and rare items from the series that started the whole ‘Tactical Katana’ craze – the original and the best monotempered Raptor Series blades mounted in high grip, slip-proof Kraton handles in both Katana and Tanto formats!
The first House of Atreides Sword by Missouri based artisan and sword maker, Chris Palmer from Scorpion Swords, proved to be quite a hit. But a lot of customers were also asking for another design based on the ‘training swords’ seen in the 2021 movie, and so Chris got to work recreating it..
As with all his swords, he starts with a precisely cut sword blank made from 1095 carbon steel, into which he drills 6 holes for the handle mounting in preparation.
The basic blank is then shaped and given a rough edge before heat treatment.
The blade is then sharpened and melded with a black linen mircarta handle, pinned and epoxied in place.
The end result of this technique essentially fuses the handle to the blade, with no looseness and no moving parts, making it as strong as humanly possible and essentially makes it a one piece construction.
All in all, it is an extremely tough, extremely durable blade – hand made in the USA and a total bargain at just $249.99.
It is one of their most innovative and interesting designs to date – and perhaps one of the toughest arming swords history has ever seen – with their latest sword model, the Dark Knights Templar Sword
Most uniquely, the sandwich tang handle – one of the most durable designs ever invented – is not only a part of the handle but the black linen mircarta forms a short, brass pinned ‘cross guard’ from which the steel, which is all one piece construction, protrudes from within the mircarta wedge producing an attractive two tone effect.
While it may not be the most agile blade, weighing in 3 and 1/2lbs – it’s one piece construction and superior tempering ensures that it is as tough as nails, and considering it is hand made in the USA, is an absolute bargain at $269.99.
It has been a LONG time coming to this point, but the first and rather revolutionary batch of our best quality custom Katana series, Project X Japanese, is about to relaunch it’s next generation blade design!
Having had some serious issues with lead time and a drop in quality (with the need to raise prices) from the original forge we have used for Project X for the last 10 years, we decided to switch production to a more reliable and even better forge (the one we have been using for Forge Direct Japanese) – taking Project X to the highest possible level.
As with previous Project X offerings – the swords will only be available to order in a ‘batch’ of around 20 swords maximum, after which time the swords will not be available again until the main batch of swords has been completed in approximately 4-6 months..
Due to popular demand – despite a shortage of saya, we are also offering the option to custom order a blade in different blade lengths, though as it will require a custom scabbard to be made for it ordering a custom length sword will cost an additional $200 and add another 4-6 months to the lead time. As such, this new option is not really encouraged – but at least it is there for anyone who really needs a blade with a length different than the standard 28″.