Monday, August 28, 2006

BIG, BIG DISCOUNTS!

Next months issue of the Sword Buyers Digest contains more discounts than EVER before...

And I am not talking about piddly little 'ho hum' discounts, I am talking about seriously ground breaking, first time ever seen discounts that are unlikely to be repeated...

I really can't say too much more at this point - other than if you are looking for a real bargain, next months issue of the Digest will have them like NEVER before (and probably, never again! Discounts are an important part of the Digest and obviously very popular judging from the emails I get. BUT, I don't want the Digest to become just another 'save $$$' newsletter. This is a one off. But it's a DAMN GOOD one off, as I am sure you will agree if you see it!)

Ok, that's all for now. I will be too busy putting everything together for next months Newsletter to post again until its finished, so hopefully I'll see ya in the (members) lounge! :-)

Paul

Monday, August 21, 2006

It's Official!

I am totally stoked! :-D

I have just managed to get the brand new SBG Store up on my site and am happy to announce that it is now 100% operational and ready to sell some of those brand 'new and improved' Cheness swords at the best prices I can possibly muster:

SBG SWORD STORE

Sure, it was a lot of hard work - but it has been a lot of fun too.

And the best part is by launching this site I can provide YOU with what I firmly believe are the best value for money sub US$300 Japanese swords out there as well as help fund my (somewhat expensive) site into the future.

Speaking of which, I just updated my About SBG page to be as transparant as possible about what I am doing and why...

Anyway, I love to take a little time off to celebrate - but there is so much more to be done in all areas of my site its kind of hard to rest on my laurels..

For a start, I am planning on expanding my directory to include EVERY sword seller I know of (as well as dividing them by countries and regions) sharing with you a mountain of useful links to sites about sword training, history etc and getting hold of a few new swords to put through the wringer to see how they come out the other side ;-)

Not to mention of course next months edition of the Sword Buyers Digest - but as usual I am getting ahead of myself (much more on this in another post!)

Sure, its not always easy to find the time (especially as I also hold down a full time job and somewhere around the place I believe I have a very patient and understanding wife... :-)). But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Paul

P.S. Still more work to do on the SBG Store Site of course.. But yes, it's up and running! :-)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sneak Preview....

Wow...

Have certainly got a lot done since the last post! In fact, I am so close to completing launching the new "SBG Sword Store" now that this preview is almost not necessary!

Ok, well that's a bit of an exaggeration - as there are still quite a few minor things to do.

BUT that said - I have tested it, and this subdomain site is 100% operational - and extremely close to being finished. In fact, you can even use the new site to order! (THAT side of things is secure and ready to take orders - just a few cosmetic bits and pieces to do, and new Cheness products to add).

So yeah - for those early birds who want to have a look, you can check it out Here

In fact, you could even use it RIGHT NOW to order the trial run of the massive 9260 Spring Steel O-Katana!

Will let you all know when it will be 'officially' launched on my site, but let's just say - it won't be very long now!! :-)


Paul

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Some Good Old Fashioned Cutting :-)

Very quick post - but I just upped my personal record for cutting those nasty, evil water filled plastic milk bottles... ;-)

Actually, its not very hard once you get the hang of it - but I was actually doing it to take some stills for a header on my pending new Cheness Sales site...

So, just for a bit of fun - here it is (will be posting it proper on my own site later on).



It was done using you tube, which is fun to watch and loads easily on my webpages. In fact, I plan on using you tube a lot more on my site as it loads A LOT quicker than my current pages - which means, yup - lots more cutting vids coming soon...!

(Those water bottles, etc should be pretty scared right now! hehe)

Paul

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Quick Update

I haven't been posting a lot here lately, but trust me - there's been a lot going on behind the scenes... (Which is why I haven't been posting a lot here lately!) ;-)

First off, I have been starting to put together a much neater and more professional 'mini-site' for my Cheness sword shop which I am hoping to launch before the end of the month.

I will soon be giving a sneak preview here on this very blog - but suffice it to say, it will be a lot more streamlined, with lot's more information on it - and perhaps most importantly of all - the best prices I can possibly get you on Cheness Cutlery Katana...!

I've also been updating some of my reviews and information based on the recent and dramatic improvements to Generation 2's line up of Medieval Swords.

For those of you who didn't read my interview with Clyde Hollis in July's edition of The Sword Buyers Digest Generation 2 have been busy upgrading their swords by reducing the weight and balance to a much more historically accurate geometry, polishing the blade to a mirror finish - and basically changing the focus of their swords from just another super tough beater to a super tough but extremely nice handling sword - ALL WITHOUT RAISING THE PRICE! :-)

You can read about these improvements here (in fact, I've been almost 'secretly' updating some of my pages like this one in the last few weeks, because I am planning to split the main page about buying swords online into several, more detailed categories - more on this later).

Another 'before and after' review modification was done a couple of days ago to my review of what I truly believe may be the best price to quality ratio entry level medieval sword - The Black Prince

What they have done to improve this already excellent sword is truly quite amazing, though if you want to get one you might have to wait a few weeks as they are currently sold out at AoV and restocking shortly.

There are actually a few more updates that I should probably mention (serves me right for not posting so often!) but I am gonna sign off and save it for next time.

So while it may sometimes not seem that dramatic changes are taking place, scratch beneath the surface and you'll see that SBG is certainly keeping me, very, very busy indeed! ;-)

Ok, thats all for today - gotta get back to it - catch up with you all again shortly!

Paul

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Lots, and Lots and (lots) of stuff going on! :-)

Hiya guys,

First off, thanks to all those people who emailed me on the new 'look' Newsletter and expanded members lounge. Certainly was a lot of fun writing it! And thanks to those people who enjoyed the VID of the MONTH - hehe, I know that laughing at another persons misfortune is kind of wrong, but...

...Well, it was just too damn funny to pass by (and for those who don't know what I'm talking about, you'll have to sign up and find out - this months members lounge and everything is still available as a back issue).

Ok, so - as the header of this post suggests, there's been quite a bit of stuff going on behind the scenes at SBG lately. Notably, I thought that with all the 'madness' about entry level Katana these days, it was becoming obvious that some people have been expecting to pay a sub US$300 price tag and get the same as a $1000+ sword...

...Really, this is - like I say in this new sub-article here it's like paying for a Pinto and expecting a Ferrari. "It just ain't gonna happen".

ALL entry level sub-US$300 swords aren't as good as the elite swords (If they were, the elite swords wouldn't be - elite!). Sure, many will more than do for dojo useage and good old fun with swords backyard cutting. But it's a bit silly to expect them to be cosmetically as appealing as a $1000+ sword... So it was something that I had to get off my chest.

While my focus will ALWAYS be on entry level sub US$300 swords, I will be making a few extra pointers to the next few levels of swords at the end of my major pages for balances sake and to give my visitors a good idea what is out there.

Next on today's posts agenga - its kind of buried at the moment in the Movie Swords pages, but I have just finished revising my article on the Lord of the Rings Swords

Yes, I know that the Trilogy is long behind us. And as a result, some time ago United Cutlery discontinued the 'Official' swords. But now, after all the clutter is out of the way - there are some real gems that shine through for the true LoTR fans who are left behind...

So if you are a fan of LoTR or Fully functional Elven and Fantasy inspired swords in general, check out the revised article here for the full low down.

This post is starting to get waaay too long for my liking. And trust me, there is LOTS of things to be done on SBG at the moment. But rather than talk about it right now, I am gonna do it - and post about it - next time...

Be back later!

Paul