NEW Bamboo Tanto by Dragon King

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.

Dragon King and A.P.O.C. Restock

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..


Voted by Blade Magazine as “One of the Four Best Kukri’s You Can Buy” this mean little chopper is almost indestructible and an absolute steal at just $129.95.


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:

Quick Pre-Holiday Update

As you know, it’s officially less than 24 hours before we close up for the year. It doesn’t mean that we stop working entirely, indeed we will still be on board for the week leading up to Christmas to get orders out as fast as possible and we may have a last minute surprise or two.

So as is often the case with SBG we don’t ever really take a ‘switch off all the lights and go home’ style holiday..

But just before we finish up for 2020 – there is one last addition I have been pushing for for over 2 years now for the Ryujin Custom Katana line..


Yes, that’s right – one of my favorite historical tsuka ‘color’ combinations, black ito over black rayskin is now available to use to make a dark themed Katana (or iaito)!

It’s only available on the Katana and the iaito series at the moment, but it opens up some very cool design opportunities and I for one am very excited to see it added to the line up!

2020/2021 Holiday Schedule

From Sunday the 20th of December to Monday the 11th of January 2021 the SBG Sword Store will be officially on vacation.

By officially on vacation, what this really means is that we will still have a skeleton crew working and I will also be checking in every few days to make sure nothing too urgent has popped up – otherwise I will be using the time for working on other aspects of the site (there is always so much needed to be done at SBG, there really is no time for a totally ‘unplugged’ holiday – not that I mind that much. I love what I do!).

Anyway, as we get closer to Christmas we are already seeing an increase in shipping damage and rough handling, so if you have not got your Christmas sword shopping sorted yet – time is up, you need do something about it now before it is too late..

As we get closer to the official store holiday period I may dig up a few specials specifically designed to ship fast in time for Christmas for anyone who has indeed left it to the last minute.

Anyway, hope you have some holidays coming to you soon – here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year than this one.. (would not be hard!).

Seasons Greetings,

  • Paul Southren

Shipping delay hiccups

“It must be 2020” so I have heard many times when describing something that goes totally awry.. And that very much applies to the aftermath of orders from over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales period..

For a start, all of the warehouses we depend upon for shipping are short staffed due to Covid restrictions. At the same time, with many new orders to process, a critical piece of software we use decided to add to the chaos by crashing (and remains crashed as techs work on it).

And to make it a ‘perfect storm’ and top it all off in a way that is ‘so very 2020’, a key staff member who processes new orders was suddenly struck down with a virus (not Covid, thankfully – but it took her out of commission at the worst possible time and she is only now getting back in the saddle).

Add all of these factors together, and you have quite a bottleneck – especially after so many people took advantage of the huge savings on offer over the sales event weekend.

To this end, we are all doing everything humanly possible to get any and all outstanding and unshipped orders out without too much of a delay – but please be aware that due to the fantastic run of bad luck we have just had, delays ARE to be expected. But please rest assured, we are on the case and everything should be caught up by early next week at the latest..

Thanks for bearing with us!