Friday, October 20, 2006

Pics, pics - where art thou?!

Ok, well I don't know about everyone else, but the pictures on Sword Buyers Guide are kind of, dissapearing...

What's strange is that it seems that on some browsers, everything is fine. But on mine, and several others that I have looked at - umm, well the pics on my pages about Ancient Swords and Medieval Swords have pretty much vanished!!

So here they all are for you to put into perspective:

Hehe, just kidding. But its a bit of a worry. If anyone else has noticed it too, please shoot me a quick email or place a comment below. I have some IT gurus looking into it but haven't got an answer as to when it will be restored as it turns out to be quite complicated... :-(

Ah, computers. Couldn't live without 'em, can't live with 'em (reminds me of an old Muppets song, hehe).

Let me know guys.



Friday, October 13, 2006

Bujinkan Oniyuri Ninja Katana is Back!

It's been a long wait - but the Custom Bujinkan 9260 Spring Steel Oniyuri Katana is finally back in stock at Cheness and available at the lowest price on the internet at the SBG Sword Store.

Unfortunately, they are no longer available at the US$199.99 price point but are US$249.99 at Cheness and $209.99 at SBG. You can see them for yourself

I really don't know how long I will be able to keep them at the US$209.99 price point for as my profits on this sword are as thin as this sword is sharp. So if you want to snap one up at this discount price, you had better be quick..!

That's all for now, will post again shortly.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Sword Store Goings on

Well, just thought I'd let you all know that I have finally got around to doing a few minor renovations to the front page of the SBG Sword Store, most notably adding the Cheness test cut compliation to it so that visitors that have come straight to the store without reading any of the reviews will have some idea of what's in store for them (sorry - bad pun!)

I also created another seperate page that opens in another window that gives some basic info on Cheness swords, how they are made and also quite a few of my customers experiences with them.

You can see this page here

As a new shipment of Cheness swords is about to come back into availability, I will be adding a few new products to the store - including the Oniyuri Katana, the classic Kanbai (boy - that one has been out of stock for a while) and the Kochou (probably the only Cheness sword that I'm not crazy about).

I've also got a list about as long as my arm of other things to do on SBG - not least of which is next months edition of the Sword Buyers Digest Online Magazine so will definitely be keeping busy. This may mean that (as it often happens) I may not be able to find the time to post much here for a while, but will certainly let you know about any other noteworthy changes.

Ok, that's it for this post - will keep you guys informed with what's going on as it happens.



Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New Vids, Newsletter feedback and more...

Hey Guys!

Well, first off I'd like to thank everyone for the kind feedback on my new look Online Magazine - very encouraging and makes me look forward to putting together another big one for next month! :-)

So thanks for your emails guys!

After the magazine was sent, I've been busy editing and putting together a few videos from some older clips with Generation 2 and Cheness Cutlery to put on youtube. Definitely was a lot of fun, and I quite enjoy the creativity - will no doubt be many more in the works, especially as I am putting together some orders to try some more swords out and see how they go.

Anyway, here's the vids, with the first one being a complilation of Cheness Test Cuts put to music. I quite like the weird sound my kiai ends up becoming on the final cut, spooky! hehe.

I also put together a few more specific clips for the Kaze Katana. The first one is the Kaze cutting a piece of unsupported paper. Another very weird sound on this one, must have been a perfect Zen cut I reckon! :-P

Another one of the Kaze, this time some typically overzealous, overcommited cuts which were really unecessarily forceful...

And finally, a Gen2 compilation of their medieval swords being abused in some destructive durability tests...

All in all, good clean fun - and like I said, lots more of them in the works so stay tuned.

[official voice] in other sword buyers guide news: hehe, well, I am currently putting together some mini reviews and customer feedback for my SBG Sword Store - so don't mind if the front page looks a little half-nekid, please just politely avert your eyes while it is changing! :-P

(Should be finished within the next 24 hours though).

Ok, that's all for now - catch up with you all soon!


Sunday, October 01, 2006

New Newsletter Format

After a heck of a lot of trial and error, I am pleased to say that I may have developed a format for my newsletter that really 'delivers the goods'.

Now in a pdf 'Magazine' Format, this months edition of The Sword Buyers Digest is more jam packed than ever before and is an indication of the direction I want to take it in.

Basically, it is now an online version of a print magazine - with the current issue being around 10 pages long and featuring an excellent interview with Lancelot Chan from Realistic Sparring weapons, news and discounts on some of the newest swords from Cheness, Windlass and Generation 2, a review of the practical 'Main Gauche' by Hanwei, tips and resources for customizing your own Katana from scratch, Win a Cheness 9260 blade in Shirasaya Competition, Video of the month (featuring two guys showing some real German longsword techiques), the best forum posts, discount offer on the Differentially Hardened Kaze Katana, site news and probably a few other bits and pieces that I have forgotten to mention...

Phew! As you can probably tell, the latest edition has taken a lot more work than any previous issues - which is kind of why I've been so quiet here - and everything else on my site has had to kind of take a back seat. But I believe it is worth it, and hopefully as I grow my list of subscribers from a few hundred to a few thousand, getting some advertising dollars to give me more time to develop it (and the rest of my site) will be a viable option.

Anyhow, if you haven't subscribed already - you might want to check it out! The more people I have subscribed, the quicker I will be able to convince sword sellers that it is worth advertising in - and this means the more content I will be able to bring you without having to charge you for it.

It's loaded and ready to send at 1am EST, so I hope that you will enjoy it! And please, if you have any comments on it, send me an email - this magazine isn't happening in a vacuum, its for YOU - so I want to make sure that it delivers the kind of stuff you want to read about.

Thanks guys, talk to you all again soon.