Just a quick update, the classic SBG Custom Katana – Batch 45 – is nearing completion at the forge. The original due date on these is sometime around this time next month which means that we are more or less on track for timely delivery as expected.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of pics of four of the swords in this batch
Talking about pictures, on a slightly different but related note, we just added some huge hi resolution pics of each of the very attractive themed sword furniture sets (Koshirae) for the limited re-release of Project X Japanese showing the tsuba’s from the front and the rear.
The pics are really quite big so you can click on them and zoom in accordingly. Here is an example of the first custom set in the series, the set we used for the Torakami Katana all those years ago..
Last offered in July 2017, it has taken nearly 2 years to get to this point, but we are here with a limited re-release of our very best traditional Japanese swords from Project X!
With stunning Soshu Kitae laminated master smith forged blades decked out in the best fittings possible with no expenses spared (i.e. FULL rayskin samegawa wraps on the handles, alternating silk ito made using hishigami triangles, buffalo horn inserts on the saya – you name it, they have it) the true market value of these swords is easily closer to $2000 than the average asking price of $1000.
But even better, each sword has a carefully chosen selection of custom options and custom fittings that match the designs theme so you tweak it to your own personal tastes without accidentally creating an ugly sword. But you are also free to use any and all of the custom options from the other designs.
You can see all the custom options on a new page on the blog here plus there are also a few additional paid custom options to take the design to the next level such as black leather ito wrap (naturally also done with hishigami and sporting a full rayskin wrap underneath), Dragon Horimono engraving on the blade or mother of pearl inlaid saya..
As it literally took two years of wrangling with the forge for them to allow this, this re-release is limited to 20 swords only – and only if everyone is happy with the results (i.e. the Forge, SBG and those who are quick enough to secure one) then we will offer them all year round..
QC standards will be applied as if they ARE $2000 swords, but with an average price of $1000 the value for money factor is off the charts (especially as you cam also request additional minor customizations such as gyaku menuki placement, kissaki length, etc).
If you want to get in on this special re-release, keep your eye on the order progress bar that will appear once we reach 20% capacity..
Because when it looks like this:
You probably will only have a day or less to secure one before the opportunity slams shut.
Lead time between placing your order and receiving your sword is 4-6 weeks, so check out all the original models by clicking the link below:
It took 2 years to get to this point, but as explained in previous blog posts, things did not go as well as we had hoped or needed them to continue or project to make the best fully functional fantasy swords on the market..
All the swords that we brought in or had made are now sold out, and all that is left of the project are the made to order designs by Scorpion Swords, albeit renamed..
You can read more about it all over on the Legendary Swords blog here (and also see a sword that was in the making before the project was canned, but will still be made as a one off custom sword for my very good lifelong friend who design it).
While the Legendary Swords site itself will go on, we can firmly state that we have no more plans to produce any more fantasy sword designs on a commercial scale – and will instead concentrate on the fantasy sword market as it exists today, provide portfolio’s for custom sword makers and making and concentrate on digital fantasy sword art such as Webcomics, digital art and even role playing elements until the site, which grew organically, finds its ultimate direction again (Plan B I guess).
In the meantime, stay tuned – because its going to be a busy month. The limited re-release of custom versions of our best quality and most respected Katana brand, Project X, is imminent – and there are also a few other surprises that have nothing to do with fantasy swords just around the corner.
Usually when a business makes a mistake, understandably in most cases it is the customer who gets upset.. But sometimes when a business makes a mistake, the customer accidentally gets the deal of a lifetime…
Well, it just came to our attention that there has been a mistake in the latter category – because every customer who ordered one of the Ryujin Wakizashi was getting much more than they bargained and paid for…
I don’t know why I didn’t see it either – and looking back at it in hindsight – it’s glaringly obvious..
Just take a look at the picture below at the bo-hi and no-hi versions of this Wakizashi paying particular attention to the hamon temper line..
Yes, that’s right. The Ryujin Custom Wakizashi were not the standard T10 tool steel differentially hardened blades to match the $229 Ryujin Custom Katana.. They are the ELITE Choji Midare Hamon versions to match the $469 Ryujin Custom Sword..!
This has meant for the longest time both Ryujin and SBG have been selling these excellent blades BELOW COST and every customer who ordered one unwittingly got more than they bargained for in a very good way..!
Naturally, we need to correct this quickly – it can’t continue to be sold anywhere near the $184 price tag they are currently going for. But here’s one last special chance – while we wait to get the correct adjusted pricing from the forge and raise it up to a price where we aren’t actually all losing money selling it – it is STILL available at the $184 price – but only for a day or two at the most..
So if you are a bargain hunter and in the market for a cool custom Wakizashi with a very lively and prominent natural hamon – you had better grab one of these at the accidental pricing before they go up rather significantly in price..
Perhaps the concept was doomed from the start and my own excitement and enthusiasm got the better of me. But our attempt to fill the void for actually functional, battle ready fantasy swords has not been anywhere near as successful as it needed to be to continue the project.
The final straw has been extremely poor sales of the BCI sword shipment that just landed March 30th – despite being able to bring them in at incredibly low prices for such lovingly hand crafted sword art..
Now with the budget for this project well and truly blown out – the Legendary Swords Project has had no choice but to disengage from its goal of creating the worlds best value for money truly battle ready fantasy swords – but our failure is YOUR chance to grab a serious bargain and get some rare collectible swords that we will never be able to offer again..
Here they are, the best closeout deals of 2019..
Starting with the BCI shipment that just landed..
We managed to bring them in at the lowest target price possible, but despite heavy promotion and our best efforts to get the word out about the quality and value for money of these swords, sales were not forthcoming..
So now we clear them all out with a huge $100 discount on each sword, giving you WHOLESALE pricing so that we can at least try to recover the funds tied up in these premium quality hand made swords (I honestly still can’t believe that people did not snap these up when they were first released)..
Here are the BCI stocked swords on final closeout:
But there is more…
In addition to the final closeout sale of the BCI Swords, Master Smith Michael Ye is also winding up his part of the project – but before they disappear for good, one final hurrah at insanely low prices.
Here they are for the last time:
The closeout ends May 5th 2019, marking the end of an era.
Many lessons were learned during this project, and the Legendary Swords website will eventually find a new direction. But for now, grab a piece of ‘history’ before it all fades into the mists of time..