NEW from Red Dragon Armory – High Quality, Low Priced Unsharpened Training Swords

If you are going to make mistakes practicing HEMA (and when you are just starting out, you will by default make a LOT of mistakes) it makes sense to minimize your personal risk by training with an unsharpened sword.

If you look at some of the standard basic HEMA Longsword drills it is easy for a beginner to forget to move a leg back out of the way, clip their shoulder or thigh when performing a flourish or otherwise get injured by training with a sharpened sword. Just look at the video below and imagine how many accidents and close calls it would take until the level of speed and technique shown is reached.

Of course, there are already quite a few nice steel and synthetic training swords already on the market – and we list what we feel are the best ones right here in the training tools section of our store.

But today we are delighted to announce 3 new options for HEMA practitioners designed by Sword expert David Rawlings in the UK and his company, Red Dragon Armoury.

INTRODUCING – the Red Dragon Unsharpened Combat Sword Line

All of the swords in this line have several things in common.

All are made from hard wearing EN42J steel, tempered with a core HRC of approx 45 and an outer hardness of HRC50. All are styled forged guards and pommels constructed from steel, and wooden grips that are masterfully wrapped in leather cord. And all come with attractive wood core, leather bound scabbards including an integrated belt and suspension system that is worth the price of admission for that alone!

From here though, each of the three swords is quite different. The first is the most purpose-built, with a thick 2mm edge and rounded safety tip and is called the Combat Hand-and-a-half-Sword

The second, called the Combat Temple Church Sword, is the most ornate and is based on a 14th century Templar Sword found in the river Thames and features more ornate decorations and embellishments than the other two and has a narrower 1.5mm edge.

And finally, the Combat Bastard Sword with a much thinner 1mm edge. This is the kind of sword that you could train with as a blunt and, because it is made from good steel, can later be sharpened if so desired.

The MSRP price on these swords is $300 for the Hand and a Half and the Bastard Sword, and $390 for the more ornate Church Temple Sword. But as usual we have offered them at a special discounted introuctory price of just $229 and $284 respectively!

Check out all these are more in the Training Swords & Gear section of our store by clicking the link below:

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:

NEW: Soundless Light Swords from Saber Shogun

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:

Red Sith
Blue Jedi Guardian
Green Jedi Consular

Awesome value no matter which way you look at them – all these and more in the ‘Cool Accessories’ and ‘Training Swords and Gear’ sections of our store.

Popular Ryujin Sword Line Restocks

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.

And then there is the ‘Blue Geisha’

Which, if you cannot tell, is so named because of the blue ito and sageo with a stylized Geisha ukiyo-e style imprint on the black glossy saya.

The restock also included one of their wildly popular entry level Chinese swords – with basic fittings and strong, 65mn spring steel blades – the 65MN Spring Steel Tang Dynasty Two Handed Silver Jian

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

That is some serious value right there!

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).