Sunday, March 26, 2006

Celtic Swords Review is Up - and boy...


I've been meaning to getting around to reviewing Gen2's Celtic Anthropomomororphic sword for a while now (ok, ok, so they spellchecker got a good workout when I drafted this review, I seem to have trouble with the word "Anthropomorphic").

Actually the whole "review coming soon" thing on my page for Ancient Swords was bugging me in some funny kind of way, so I spent the better part of today really putting her through her paces and drafting the review.

Overall, I have to say that this little sword ROCKS!!

You can read the full review of these Celtic Swords here but let's just say that while they might not be historically accurate, my god can these little swords cut!

Check it out - especially the clip of me hacking apart a 3" tree trunk with it... Yeoww!!

Paul

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Latest Updates

I've been a bit slack posting updates here in the last 10 days or so, but there's certainly been a lot of changes...

First off, you may or may not have noticed that I've completed my review of Windlass Steelcrafts Towton Sword.

I've also completed some basic info on several major manufacturers of entry level swords including CAS Iberia, Cold Steel and Rittersteel Swords as I've often been asked questions about them by visitors to my site.

I wouldn't say that this completes this section, as there are quite a few more that need to be included there (including, off the top of my head, Starfire swords, Badger Blades, Kris Cutlery and even Angus Trim) - but I'll get to this at a later date.

Next up, I'll be looking at reviewing Gen2's Celtic sword. I've already given this one a work out and even though it is pure fantasy in terms of it's apperance, its a very nice little beater - very sharp and as tough as every other Gen2 sword I've seen...

Speaking of Gen2, I am about to move the review of the Excalibur to a less prominent position as there are less than 10 available and once they are gone, that's it. If you haven't seen the review yet, check it out here.

I am also planning something pretty major to bring you the best prices on Cheness Cutleries swords, though it's probably around 2-3 weeks away, which will extend the overhaul by a month overall.

But hey, when it's all completed I think you'll find the overhaul is going to have a lot more new features than I had at first anticipated...

Very exciting stuff - I'll keep you updated as we go!

Paul

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

15% Discount Offer Extended Until 15th April 2006!

I didn't think I'd be able to do this...

But as a result of the current 10% "tax relief" Generation 2 sale, I've been able to continue to offer my visitors a 15% discount to all Generation 2 and Windlass Steelcrafts swords from my friends at Arms of Valor until the 15th of April 2006!!

I wasn't sure how to word it on my Visitors Discount Page so I just changed the dates. Sorry if I made anyone hurry too much - but I am really glad to be able to extend this offer to my visitors - it's an unheard of discount in the sword industry (where, on the most part, the profit margins for sellers are not particularily large - unless your selling wallhangers that is!).

Other SBG News

The Overhaul is very much coming to an end now - and I'm pretty happy with the way things have been transformed. I'll never say that my website is 'complete' and there are still quite a few swords sitting around my home waiting to be reviewed in depth.

But at least now it's set up in such a way that to add more reviews and expand it further is really quite easy. I'd say things should be back to 'normal' in the next few weeks, but there's still a bit more tweaking here and there that I want to do and a few pages that are 'functional' but not quite where I want them to be yet.

Speaking of functional and swords being reviewed - I just today took my new Cheness Cutlery "Tenchi" Katana outside for a good workout - and MY GOD! This thing is the most durable, viscous sword I have ever seen!

Check out the video of me slamming this baby into my trusty woodblock at the bottom of my page on Authentic Japanese swords. I never dreamed such a thing would be possible with a Japanese style sword - but there you have it!

I can't wait to do the full review - but right now I am putting together a (long overdue) preliminary review for the Towton sword.

So much to do! Can't sit around all day writing about it on my blog! Gotta get back to work...! :-)

Paul

Monday, March 13, 2006

Japanese Swords Overhaul 'Complete'!

It's been a long time coming...

But finally my page on Authentic Japanese swords has been given the SBG overhaul treatment...

If you've been with me for a while now, you'll know that this page was one of the very first pages ever created on SBG over 1 year ago - and a lot has happened in that year - not only in the production sword world for inexpensive entry level blades, but also in my understanding of what constitues a good sword...

This time last year if you'd asked me "what kind of functional Japanese sword can I get for around three hundred bucks" I would'nt have hesitated to say, a Practical Plus Katana by Hanwei...

Now though, I am not so sure - especially after I bought a couple of very, very cool swords by Cheness Cutlery...


It was also made worse after I've heard horror story after horror story about how people who bought a PPK didn't get one that cut or looked as good as mine did...

Anyway, suffice it to say that revamped review is a lot more up to date and a lot more 'realistic' considering Hanwei's lack of quality control for their bread and butter line...

I'd still recommend a PPK by the way. But compared to the Cheness Cutlery swords, well, there is most definitely a new player in town!

It's been a busy day. From here on out, I'll be gradually working on a few extra pages here and there, but mostly reviewing several new swords.

I am waiting on some tatami omote from the states which will REALLY put the new Cheness and my old PPK to the test. But in the meantime, feel free to check out the revamped pages - lots of new info there on what is one of my most popular pages.

Cheers,

Paul

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Japanese Swords

I've just started the build "behind the scenes" again on another major page - and as you can probably tell from the title of this entry, the current subsection of Sword-Buyers-Guide.com that is LONG OVERDUE for an update is actually one of the very first pages I built...

That's right, I've started the overhaul process on a "minor" but extremely interesting page all about Samurai Sword History

Actually, this is a page that originally I rushed quite a bit and have been meaning to get around to expanding and editing even before I ever thought about the current SBG Overhaul...

I still won't say that it's "finished" - but it's a lot better than it was, with a complete timeline from the "invention" of the first Prototypical Katana around 1300 years ago, to the golden age, the warring states period, WWII and to modern times and beyond...

Anyway, it's just the start of what is going to be a very major change to these pages, so if you are into Japanese swords check it out here

Paul

Monday, March 06, 2006

That'll Teach Me to Say "Ahead of Schedule"...!

Ok, well, I know - I never should have said it...

But just when I thought I was ahead, I lost my internet connection from Friday to Monday and have to again play catch up... :-(

That'll teach me to tempt fate!

So this is just a very quick post to say "Oops", "Bugger", "Crap" etc - especially after I had planned to use the weekend to make some serious inroads on my pages about Japanese swords...

Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

As it is though, it's still pretty much on track but...

NOOOO! I said it again...

Some people never learn...

Paul