Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ahead of Schedule and Past the Half Way Mark!

The SBG Overhaul is very much on schedule, thanks to the complete overhaul of a few major pages...

If you haven't noticed it - the major page on Medieval Swords (one of my favorite pages) has been given the SBG overhaul facelift treatment.

The original reviews have been moved to their own seperate pages, and this page is now set out in such a way that it can expand to include many more reviews easily (which is a good thing too, because there I have two more swords sitting here that need a thorough testing!)

So while I can't say that it is "complete" - it's been overhauled and is ready to expand with lots of new reviews and info.

There are a few sub-pages that need a bit of a makeover there still, and a call out to Skyler Reed: Skyler, I'm sorry, but I had to (temporarily) remove your review of the Cold Steel Broadsword - only because, strictly speaking, it's not a medieval sword but more of a military sword, and I'll be creating a special page for military swords once the overhaul is completed.

Anyway, once the sub pages have been "given the Overhaul treatment", my next target is to do some serious work on Japanese swords - including new reviews of two new Katana from Cheness Cutlery (including the much anticipated 9260 Spring Steel Sword!)


Change 1: I have decided that there isn't much point worrying too much about the 12% SBG Discount that I have been promoting at Swords of Honor, mostly because if you look on their Homepage you'll see that they have a recurring monthly promotion featuring a 10% discount, and I don't know about you, but the 2% difference doesn't really seem worth it...

Change 2: Due to various circumstances, the SBG15 Discount with Arms of Valor is about to be reduced from 15% to 10%...

I'll be explaining more about this shortly in a mail out to all the subscribers to my newsletter, The Sword Buyers Digest (even though I didn't plan on sending a mail out this month, but so much has been happening it would be wrong of me not to keep my loyal subscribers in the loop).

But for now, it looks like the 15% discount will be downgraded to 10% sometime in the middle of next month.

At this stage, I can't be 100% on the date, but the doors won't be open on this special offer for much longer...

Even at 10% you're still getting the best prices on the 'net for Windlass Steelcrafts and Generation 2 swords. But the prices at the 15% discount are totally unheard of.

So basically, take advantage of it while it's still there!


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Very Quick Post

This is actually more of a reference post for me than anything else (I know, how selfish!). But I am currently working away behind the scenes on updating my page on medieval swords, and boy, it's quite a bit of work, especially when I've got even more medieval swords that I haven't even started to review properly!!

Anyhow, I am splitting the two reviews of the Gen2 medieval swords into their own seperate subpages, with the first one up here (there's that gratitious selfish bookmark I was talking about!).

There is a video that is going to go with this one (predictibly where the text says "Vid") but I've run out of time for today, so will be adding it in properly shortly.

P.S. Today I also receieved my first couple of swords from Cheness Cutlery, and I have to say, just giving them a preliminary, cursory once over is enough to know that they're gonna give my Hanwei Sword a run for it's money!

Ok, outta time. Will post more again shortly!


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Excalibur Review Updated

I wasn't planning to update my page on the Generation 2 Brass Excalibur sword just yet, but the truth is - time is running out on this sword...

As you may or may not know, the Excalibur has just been retired in January - obstenibly due to a shortage of the stainless steel wiring used to wrap the hilt...

This really is a shame as I personally think the Excalibur is one of Generation 2's most attractive swords, and even though it is extremely heavy for a sword of this type and the pommel is not peened, these are the only two things I can fault with it...

Indeed, in all other respects it is really quite exceptional.

Anyway, this page has been updated with a couple of extra videos of it in action, as well as a "second opinion" review by SBG Visitor Justin Thompson.

If this is the kind of sword that appeals to you, you can get them from my friends at AoV for the lowest price on the 'net using my 15% SBG Discount code (SBG15) which brings the price down from US$219 to just $186.15.

If you want one though, don't dilly dally around because once they are gone, they are gone for good...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

First Complete Section Overhauled!

Well, it's official - I've just completed the first complete overaul of my pages on Ancient Swords including all the sub pages, and it's looking pretty good if I do say so myself...! :-)

Not only have I included a lot of swords I never covered before (actually, looking back on it - these pages were some of the crappiest on my site!) but I have spent hours researching them and looking for where to get them at absolute lowest prices on the 'net.

This format will be the shape of things to come for the overhaul...

Next on my hit list are my pages on medieval swords (including 2 new medieval swords to review!), but for now I am gonna take a quick breather as I plan the next layout format and continue my extensive reasearch (finally, all those years at university and my background as an investigator are staring to be put to good use - LOL!)

There probably won't be any obvious changes for a few days as everything will be very much happening behind the scenes, so I'll catch up with you in a few days...

In the meantime, please have a look at what has been done so far here. I welcome your comments and any additions or modifications you'd like to see made as I truly believe that this website is as much (if not more) yours as it is mine...

Cheers - I'm gonna have a well deserved Coopers Ale!


Sunday, February 12, 2006

The overhaul gains momentum!

Now things are really starting to roll along nicely...!

I've just moved my old review of the Generation 2 Roman Wasp Waisted Gladius to here and in it's place is a pretty exciting taste of things to come...

Instead of the "mono-review" the page on Ancient Swords is now a kind of central page with lots of sub-sections branching out as you go down the page. A much clearer format if you ask me, with plenty of room to expand - it's looking good!

Of course, not all of the sub-pages have been updated yet, so it's still a bit messy, but overall I am stoked with the way things are shaping up.

Anyway, as I was trying to get at yesterday, the BIG $$$ saving discounts are officially up and running - and I have to say this really is exciting stuff! With these discounts, it is possible to get swords online at prices that have previously been unheard of - so check out these huge Discount Swords Savings for yourself.

That's all for today - certainly not as delirious as I was yesterday - but I think it's not a bad idea to take what little of the evening is left off...! :-)



Saturday, February 11, 2006

First Major Pages Changed and Paul's gone delirious...!

Ok, I've just done so many changes to my site in the last few hours that I am having difficulty typing this blog entry! :-)

In a nutshell, the major introductory page WARNING! Do Not Buy Swords Online Until You Read This! has been given the overhaul treatment, as has the Sword Buyers Directory and (insert generic drumroll here) the 12 to 15% Discount Offers have finally been made public!!!

I am not going to tell you where they are yet though (but hell, it's pretty obvious if you just go and visit simply because it's pretty late at night here right now in Australia and I've been staring at the computer screen so long that when I last did some editing of my site, I wasn't too surprised to see ThingsALLOver thePlAcE...!!!

So I'll get back to giving you all the juciy - jewcy - juweecey details tomorrow when I am a bit more freshered... (and after I've edited out all of tonites mistakes! Oh dear...!)


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Windlass Swords

Just a quick note to let you know that my page on the pros and cons of Windlass Steelcrafts Swords has been updated, and I hope is as objective and critical as my overview of Generation 2...

Again, it's hard to be objective as I am quite a fan of Windlass Swords, but I have pointed out some of their flaws without (I hope) going too far the other way. It's a tough balancing act sometimes! :-)

Speaking of balancing acts, I'm not sure if I will be able to keep up the page a day pace - especially considering I have some new swords about to come in and I have a feeling they might just distract me for a bit... ;-)


Monday, February 06, 2006

Generation 2 Swords

I've just finished editing my overview of Generation 2 Swords and I must say I am pretty happy with my objectivity (even if I do say so myself).

Actually, being objective with regards to these swords isn't easy for me - simply because they are so much fun! But I've tried to point out their strengths as well as their weaknesses in a fairly neutral way...

Anyhow, check it out if you want to. I'll keep you updated as to the next sword manufacturer to get the SBG treatment as soon as it's up.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

More Behind the Scenes Changes...

I've just been laying the foundations and preparing my strategic plan for what is going to be a fairly dramatic change to the 'basic introductory' stuff...

Over the coming week, I will be expanding on the various manufacturers from Gen2, Windlass and Hanwei to include info on Rittersteel, Valiant Armory, etc (for the 'entry level beaters') as well as a bit of an overview (and where to get more info, as it isn't the focus of my site) of everything from cheap stainless steel swords to high end performance swords (such as Arms and Armor and Albion)...

Anyway, that's what's planned for the coming week...

In the meantime I've also managed to update a couple of pages too - including Scott Hoaglands excellent review of the Windlass Shrewsbury Sword which is perhaps the cheapest fully functional medieval style sword on the market, as well as updating the page on What to Look for in a 'Real' Battle Ready Sword, which will be one of the many pages that my overview on the different types of swords will link to...

Anyway, I'll keep you updated as to the new 'manufacturer' specific pages. The weekend here is over now so I'll be aiming for a new page a day and see how much of it I can put together over the following weekend...! (after all, I am doing all this in my 'spare time'...)


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Newest page - Sword Care

The latest page to be revamped is my little know pages on Sword Care which has been given an independent category in the nav bar and includes updates to my pages on Making a cheap sword cleaning kit and also my guide on how to Sharpen Swords.

Most of these pages have been around on my site for a very long time now, only problem was, they were kind of buried in my Sword Buying Basics page...

I know this for a fact because:
a) I kept getting a lot of questions from visitors about these issues and often referred them to these pages and
b) When looking for them to get the update treatment I HAD PROBLEMS FINDING THEM MYSELF!

Anyway, they are up and easy to find now. I am pretty happy with them so far, definitely a lot of good info there and lots of links to additional resources - plus where to buy Hanwei sword oil for $2 (some sites sell it for as much as $10) and Renaissance Wax for $22 (which is usually around double this price on most sword selling websites - and they ain't the best places to buy it...)

That's all for now. Tomorrow is going to be another busy day...

Now I am off to get some much needed break time playing my favorite computer game ;-)


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Latest Updates

Well, the latest edition of the Sword Buyers Digest kept me from doing too much on the overhaul for the last few days, but since the newsletter is on hold and the weekend is coming up, I expect to get quite a few more minor pages up to date.

The latest one to see the overhaul transformation is my guide to sword terminology called Sword Terminology - Made Easy! which is a lot more dynamic than the old, boring list that was there before (though I've included links to the best "old boring lists" because they are an absolute neccessity - just a bit dull to read from top to bottom).

You might also notice a consitent use of the Wide Latin font in the headers and the introduction of a new "quick jump menu" at the beginning my longer articles, which you'll be seeing more and more of on the major pages.

Anyway, I've got to go and catch up on a few readers questions and modify the newsletter page (after all, the opportunity to get them discounts is over now, and there's nothing I hate more on a website than reading outdated old news!)

Will be back here with the next updates shortly.