It went out with more of a whimper than a bang – rather fitting for the ‘year of the rat’..
Complicated by the spread of the Coronavirus, despite the heaviest discounts EVER seen on Forge Direct Chinese, the sale was a bit of a flop.
As such, we will confer with the smiths, our partners and our associates in this project and see about re-releasing some of these specials later in the year when all the Coronavirus panic has subsided.
But in the meantime we have one final special offer – an EXTENSION of the sale on the two most iconic, and most affordable, entry level Master Smith swords – the Classic Peony Jian and the Cloud Dragon Dao respectively.
While both of these are made by different forges (the Classic Peony is made by Master Michael Ye, while the Cloud Dragon is made by the Baojian Forge) each is an excellent example of the two main types of historical Chinese Swords and represent the pinnacle of each design accordingly,
Price for these is usually a very reasonable $599.99 – but with the 25% off sale extended until the end of February on these two, they are available for a crazy low price of just $449.99 SHIPPED
Don’t miss out, click on the images above for the full product description and to get yours before the special discounted rate disappears for good.
I posted the first ‘teaser’ about this upcoming Project in the December issue of the Sword Buyers Digest – followed shortly by another mysterious post called ‘Store Officially Opened’ made on the 14th of January – but the time has come to lift the lid and show what a goodly portion of the trip to Japan that I document in this months edition of the Sword Buyers Digest (click here to read it online) was all about..
INTRODUCING: Blades of Japan at SBG
The full backstory of how this project came about is explained in detail in our new article on the main site “Antique Samurai Swords: a personal journey” – but the long and short of it is that the Japanese economy, which has been on a steady downwards incline since the late 1980s – has reached a point where the market for Antique Nihonto has pretty much dried up..
This has led to a series of price drops and devaluations, but despite lower pricing, the swords are STILL not selling in Japan like they used to. So, with dramatically discounted Nihonto under their belt, SBG was contacted by Chris Loeber and the Japanese Blacksmith Shinsuke-san, to help try and move some of these amazing historical blades and offer them to the SBG Sword Buying community.
So what do we have to offer in round one?
5 Antique Edo Period Katana
2 recently made Gendaito
1 Amazing fully furnished Daisho Set
1 Shin-Gunto with antique Edo period blade
1 700 year old Tanto
1 Full set of demon themed Koshirae
A set of antique menuki in an antique lacquer-wear box
A large selection of hand made tsuba
Some of these swords have quite an interesting backstory to them. For example, the Gunto was an older blade mounted in military fittings for the war and both the soldier and the blade returned to Japan safely, only to be found decades later when the old soldier passed away and it was found hidden away in a barn.
And then there is a restored Echizen Kanetane (the name of the Sword Smith) blade that has already received a free upgraded machine polish (valued at $750) and has a couple of unique ‘dings’ in the saya that suggest a very curious encounter at some point in the sword long history..
Or for anyone with a quality bare blade or an iaidoka looking to have the best looking ‘dripping with history’ iaito in the dojo – a full set of extremely cool looking Edo period fittings for a Sword that belonged to a Samurai who most definitely was not the shy and retiring type..
Plus, for those who cannot necessarily afford a complete new antique, why not upgrade the best Katana in your collection with some antique tsuba – from simple and affordable iron tsuba to hand made (not cast) brass tsuba that would have taken weeks to make, such is the level of detail..
More swords and components will be added over the following weeks and months, but for the time being, check out the heavily discounted Nihonto sales we currently have available while they are still up for grabs (naturally as there is only one of each sword or component available, they are sold on a first come, first served basis).
It is THAT time of year again – when the weather is perfect for sword making, and the Master Smiths and their assistants return from the long Chinese New Year holiday refreshed and ready to do their best work of the year..
But it is not only the best time of year to have swords made – with the Chinese New Year Mega-Sale pricing on all Forge Direct Chinese Swords – now is your chance to get the best sword at the BEST PRICE!
From today until midnight EST the 7th of February EVERY Forge Direct Sword is available at a whopping 25 to 40% off the usual price! PLUS in addition to these specials, we are also taking this opportunity to introduce 5 new swords to the line up by the Baojian Forge – starting with.
The Red Copper Ruyi Jian – a stunning folded and differentially hardened blade in sleek red copper hand made fittings. Normally $1795 but available with the Mega Sale discount of 40% making it just $1077.
Next up, also with the 40% Mega-sale discount, the powerful Two Handed Gem Dao, an ornately decorated folded steel blade, differentially hardened to cut with enough force to match a Japanese Katana. Also normally $1795 but down to $1077 with the 40% discount.
Bargain hunters will love the second Dao in the line up, the extremely affordable entry level Master Smith Dao – the $599.99 Cloud Dragon Dao, now just $449.99 all inclusive with the standard 25% CNY special discount price..
And who can go past the simple beauty of the Warring States Brass Dragon Han Sword with its clean lines and unique, viciously effective cutting and thrusting blade that was centuries ahead of every other sword of the era – priced to sell at not $1,300 but just $975 until the 7th of February..
And last but certainly not least, how about the ornately decorated Spring Flower Yi-Dao, one of those extremely popular Tang Dynasty swords that were exported to Japan and Korea and were the very blueprint upon which the first Katana were based upon. Truly a sword of special historical significance and a bargain down from $1350 to $1012.50 for the sales duration.
Naturally this is just the tip of the iceberg – now there is a record number of Chinese swords, daggers and even a boar killing spear available at Forge Direct Chinese, a total of 30 other designs to consider!
First time around, they didn’t get them quite right..
For the goal to create an affordable custom Daisho set (the classic Samurai sword set of the Katana and the shorter companion sword, the Wakizashi) was messed up when it was discovered that instead of the entry level blades the Wakizashi made turned out to match the $430 Ryujin Elites..
It took a while to liquidate the stock below cost price and lick the associated financial wounds this mistake had caused. But since so many people kept asking for it, Ryujin listened – and we are delighted to announce that the companion Wakizashi for both the solid bodied and bo-hi versions of the custom Katana is now available for immediate purchase!
First off, some pics of the standard solid bodied blade with a surprisingly active and very prominent hamon temper line.
And next, some pics of the bo-hi version. Note the termination of the bo-hi above the habaki rather than under it.
No matter which way you cut it, at $199.99 each these are a fantastic deal. And what is more, until the end of the month, they also come with a Wakizashi display and storage box that we usually sell separately for an additional $22.99.
But from now until the end of the month they are completely and genuinely free (most other places that offer them build them into the price and call it free. We prefer to set a low price and let you decide what extras, if any you need. But this time around, it is GENUINELY FREE and was NOT built into the final price)..
Every sword collector has their personal preferences in swords – and for me personally, the Chinese Dao has to be one of my top 5 sword types of all time (my top five tends to vary over time, but tends to always come back to Japanese Katana, Longswords, Functional Fantasy Swords, Viking Swords and – of course – the Chinese Dao).
Well, quite simply, they are incredibly good fun – profiled and optimized for a shearing one handed cut, and I had an absolute ball with their original entry level Dao, the Practical Kung Fu Sword (reviewed here) – but this one takes it all to a whole new level..
Here’s a video from forged in fire showing exactly what a well made Dao is capable of:
And there is no doubt in my mind that this is a very well made Dao indeed – designed by none other than Scott Rodell from the great river Taoist Center, who also designed the first sword in this series, the Scott Rodell cutting JIAN..
At $490 at Cas Iberia, it is a little on the expensive side, but made available at the special price of just $362.98 at SBG ($347.68 if you use the 5% off SALE2020 coupon code running until the 17th of January!).
This brings the total number of available quality Dao at the SBG Store up to 3 models available right now, the new cutting Dao (above) – the Hanwei Oxtail Dao (pictured left and available for $219.98)..
And of course, for those for whom only the best will do, we have the Duan Dao by Forge Direct – that beautiful laminated blade here for $779.99
But a word to the wise, hold off on that one as the FORGE DIRECT CHINESE NEW YEAR SALE is coming by the end of the month, and will see a large discount on ALL the Forge Direct Chinese Swords, plus two new stunning Qin Dynasty Dao..
Here’s a sneak preview:
COMING SOON TO FORGE DIRECT
Stay tuned on these. In the meantime..
The Latest HOT SPECIAL
Themed for each of the four seasons, the heavy duty 5160 Spring Steel Tameshigiri ready Summer Lotus Katana by Dragon King is now on special – down from our already heavily discounted everyday price of $329.99 to just $249.99 until the end of the month and while stocks last..
SPECS: 5160 high-carbon steel sharpened blade, marquenched and monotempered to an edge hardness of 57HRC. Cotton black colored ito over authentic rayskin. Steel fittings, silver habaki and menuki. Green textured ishime style saya with buffalo horn rimmed koiguchi (scabbard mouth), wood kurikata and hard wearing black sageo. Traditional Construction with Exceptional Attention to Detail. Now Just $249.99 (normally $329.99) until the end of the month and while stocks last. Makes for a great long lasting beater sword for the Dojo or the backyard.