Lots going on at the moment, and some cool new swords on the way from some of the newest manufacturers to join the industry, but both have SOLID pedigrees…
The first and newest is Kingston Arms which will be coming to a sword store near you, hopefully sometime NEXT WEEK!
With products over 20 years in the making, they are poised to hit the ground running with medieval swords designed both for collectors and serious HEMA practitioners with both sparring blunts and sharp cutting swords.
Below is a sneak preview of their Tourney Arms Swords – super tough blades made from one of my favorite steels, 9260 Spring Steel, and designed for heavy steel on steel contact.
Tourney Arming Sword by Kingston Arms
Tourney Viking Sword – Blunt by Kingston Arms
Not only are these the first 9260 Spring Steel sparring swords to hit the market, but the hilt deserves a special mention due to their special “King Peen” system.
In their own words:
King-Peen is essentially a steel tab on the guard under the grip that is pinned through the tang of the sword. This process keeps the guard from going loose after a lengthy campaign without compromising the strength of the hilt. The pommel is pressed into place and hot peened. Combine these two processes and you get a sword that rings like a bell when struck.
And for fans of cutting practice, what could be better than a hollow ground arming sword, especially when it looks as gorgeous as THIS:
Crecy War Sword – Sharp by Kingston Arms
Here are some stats:
Overall: 38 3/4”
Blade Length: 31 3/4″
Handle Length: 4 1/4″
Weight: 2lb 15oz
Blade Steel: 5160
Handle Material: Wood/leather
The MSRP on these will be $299.99 for the blunts and $499.99 for the stunning Crecy, but do shop around as they will be available for less (and we will be selling them as low as we possibly can when they come in).
Speaking of coming in, a restock of most of the extremely popular and beautifully designed and crafted Chinese and Japanese swords by Dragon King is on the way and should be arriving next week. Here is a sneak peak of the sword that I am most excited about,,.!
Check out this Chinese Jian..
Kungfu Jian Sword by Dragon King
Yes, it is a Wushu Jian – but it is not as thin (and definitely not flimsy) like the typical Chinatown, Fleamarket and Wallhanger crap and is designed for serious Kung Fu practitioners who are looking for something special that they cannot find anywhere else..
Again, here is this swords vital statistics:
Blade Length: 28 1/2″
Handle Length: 4 1/4″
Weight: 1lb 10oz
Point of Balance: At Guard
Blade Steel: 3Cr13
Handle Material: Composite
MSRP on this one will be $339.99 but available for less at SBG.
Speaking of SBG, you may have noticed some changes with the store in the last few hours – essentially it is not finished yet, but I wanted to improve the navigation and product image sizes and for now have opted for a fairly basic design to concentrate on what is actually useful rather than just pretty looking. With this philosophy in mind, I have – at least for now – done away with the “responsive” design for the store as I never personally really like responsive sites and tend to do just fine when browsing on my mobile (most of the time I find so called responsive sites annoying, cannot zoom in on the pics, everything displays weird and half of the stuff doesn’t work the way it should).
If you haven’t seen it in the last few hours, feel free to take a gander and let us know what you think:
As always, the site is 100% secure during the overhaul – the software we use is totally rock solid and we aren’t opening up the guts, just moving stuff around. But if you find anything screwy let us know and we will give you a special coupon code for your trouble..!
Update you all again soon..!