Following hot on the heels of the SanMai Laminated Baika Tanto by Dailan based artisan Frenchie Jin is the more affordable – and almost as stunning – alternative – the Bamboo Tanto.
Sporting a beatufilly tempered, stunningly executed T10 Tool Steel blade with distinctive Choji hamon packed away into what appears to be a short length of stylized bamboo..
And should you ever have doubts about where the blade is when you draw it, simply place your thumb on the circle on the saya to know the direction of the blade edge, and your other thumb on the highly detailed mon on the handle to draw it open.
Released with a retail price of $275 you can get it for just $199.99 right here at the SBG Sword Store.
For the last few months sword sales across the board have been quite strong – so strong in fact that most manufacturers were not quite prepared for the influx of orders – and so we have seen a lot of popular product lines struggling to keep up with demand.
Two such brands were Dragon King and the Zombie Apocalypse ready A.P.O.C. Tactical sword series – both of these were running exceptionally low on stock. But just in time a new shipment has just come in an refreshed many of the most popular products from these two top quality sword lines.
Here’s a few of the most popular products (and my personal favorites):
Elegant in it’s sleek, black profile – this super tough blade made from monotempered 9260 Spring Steel is not surprisingly super popular as a result. Amazing value at jut $164.95
As these are indeed very popular products that have only just come back into stock, if you like one of these we strongly recommend you order while you can as demand is kind of crazy and the best swords are certain to be snapped up fast..
Insanely popular for both fans of the original series and for anyone who likes a super cool looking Katana, this unique sword design is based on the 1970s Japanese TV series and movie ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ about a Masterless Samurai Executioner seeking refuge and revenge while protecting his young son in a makeshift cart..
Differentially hardened premium T10 tool steel blade – superior fittings – and great value at $799.98.
The baddest bad boy on the block – the Shi (Death) Katana by Dragon King is probably one of the meanest looking Katana ever made. With black ito over black rayskin, silver skull themed menuki, silver habaki and a mean skull themed iron tsuba with silver leaf painted tooth – the fittings support a truly lethal DH T10 tool steel blade and at $629.99 ensures a premium quality package.
Last but certainly not least is the Spring Sakura Katana from the Dragon King Monotempered sword series. All of these swords are made from super tough flex tempered 5160 Spring Steel ensuring maximum durability and making them ideal for the beginner, as few swords are as forgiving of bad cuts and errors than the Dragon King Monotempered Katana series. And even better, at $319.99 they are priced so that almost anyone can afford one.
To see the complete line up of each brand, click below:
You may remember a couple of years ago we released the ‘Saber Shogun’ line of hard core, fully functional bokken grade sparring light sabers at $199.99.
Naturally, they were a very popular product. But one of the biggest expenses in its development and final price came from the sound system that does its best to track the movement of the saber and make an appropriate sound depending on what it is doing.
Only problem is, every person will use a given saber at a different speed with a different amount of force, and there is to my knowledge no saber on the market that does this perfectly.
While they could spend countless hours and tens of thousands of dollar to refine the sound effects, there is another way. Simply REMOVE the sound option and focus on the light and the durability – and the price..
So instead of $199.99 – the new soundless range (which has the same super durable blades this line is now famous for) is available for just $120 for the special introductory price of just $79.99!
Three colors, Red Sith, Blue Jedi Guardian & Green Jedi Consular:
While stocks are running low for many popular swords and sword lines, and Chinese New Year has seen the closure of all the various forges, workshops and resellers in the ‘sword capital of the world’ (Longquan, China) – Ryujin have restocked some of their extremely affordable and popular ‘off the shelf’ sword models with a shipment that has just come in.
The first restock is Ryujin’s version of a Shinobigatana (Ninja Sword) based on the living Bujinkan tradition – with a Ko-Katana (technically also known as an ‘O-Wakizashi’) mounted in fittings that suggest it is a full length Katana..
Exceptional value at just $129.99, it features a differentially hardened blade hand forged from 1060 carbon steel and is at once attractive, authentic and weighing on average 2.2lbs with a point of balance less than 4″ from the tsuba, makes this 23 3/8″ sword extremely fast in the hand..
Then there are the swords from the so called ‘art swords’ line – in other words Ryujin take the most basic entry level 1045 carbon steel blade, temper it, and then go to town with attractive and ornate decorations to create a line of Katana for beginners that aren’t the same old tired design..
First sword from this line restocked is the ‘Green Battle Dragon’ featuring green colored ito in a katatemaki (battle wrap) style with matching green sageo, green sakura engravings on the saya and a gold colored dragon themed tsuba.
Incredibly lightweight, it’s easy to use with one hand, but use it with two as it was intended and it literally feels like nothing. And to compliment the Jian, there is also the restock of one of my personal favorite sword types, the Chinese Dao – in this case, a no nonsense practical looking classical Willow Leaf Dao
Last but not least, some serious fun comes back with the Chanbara BOGO sale. Buy one of these tough ‘boffer’ style training swords from Ryujin’s S-Tec Brand and get another of the same color free!
Chanbara Buy One Get One Free Offer
Great to de-stress with, and at $29.99 for two is a fantastic deal – plus exclusive to SBG, we not only give you a free one but we guarantee them for breakage in normal sparring conditions for 1 year to make sure you get your moneys worth (and then some).
Indeed, looking at it – it’s actually pretty obvious.
The sword has a bo-hi – it’s there as clear as day, so how it ended up being listed as a solid bodied blade mystifies me..
Of course, at $174.99 when it normally would cost $229.99 to build I hope that everyone who received one either saw it in the pics, or is happy with it anyway – but as I had to change and update the listing, it’s only right that I at least let everyone know about the silly error..