Sword Buying Horror Stories

Even the best sword seller has their off days now and again. But some seem to have them more than others..

And there are a tiny minority that are just plain BAD...

The following list are submissions made by SBG site visitors documenting some of their own sword buying sagas. In all cases, we encourage sword buyers to try their best to resolve any issues directly with the seller. So please, for the sake of fairness, do not post here until ALL other avenues of rectifying a situation have been exhausted.

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Cheap swords are cheap... 
Hello sword lovers, I want to share my story and bring some truth about some products. I am not experienced with swords. Swords, daggers and combat …

Amazon.com Hanwie ppk elite not very sharp...! 
I bought a ppk elite for $355 off amazon, i was not aware of SBG which is where all my purchases will be from now on. The hanwie was a nicely made katana …

Hanzoswords.com--A Hate Story 
I placed my order on Sep 6, 2014. The item was IN STOCK. My email receipt clearly stated that my item would be shipped within 5-7 business days. After …

Jason Quin Deerhornknives.com 
When looking for actual Deerhorn knives to purchase, I came across this website: www.deerhornknives.com. First one up on a google search. I left a …

A Hard Lesson Learned Buying My First Katana... 
When I first got interested in Japanese swords, I made the unfortunate decision to buy a "Damascus" Katana from BudK vendors, and did I ever learn …

hanwei pro elite or pro lemon 
well that s my story for what is worth. i might be the exception that confirms the rule i purchased a lemon from the legit sellern (cult of athena) …

Historical Weapons Store -THIEVES! 
I paid for merchandise in full over a month ago. They are not responding to my e-mail or phone calls They have not sent my merchandise They will not …

worst customer service experience ever had 
I had purchased a masharo ninja dragon sword in 2012 and called back to ask questiom about my purchase the owner jason moore told me not to call on a monday's …

Baltimore no knife nor sword... Nor shield... 
I have had nothing but trouble and excuses from BKS from almost day one. Right up until my $1000 went to them as a deposit on a themed collection I could …

toysnjoys.com - I never got my refund! 
Ok so I started reading a set of books called the inheritance cycle. I am a sword collector and do enjoy a fantasy story. I got really engrossed in the …

Blade Empire Corp, Weapons Universe: Avoid at all costs! 
I had been following this company for several years. On discovering them initially, I researched for complaints and found no bad reviews. In December …

Beware of Medieval Ware 
I decided to take the plunge and buy some swords, so I ordered 2 swords and a sword belt from medievalware.com. I placed the order on Dec. 14, 2011. By …

Soul of the Warrior 
I bought a roman shield from Soul of the Warrior. It was supposed to be new. Pros; It was the right hight and curve. The front was nicely finished …

chinasamuraisword dragon / spring swords : china jian 
Do not buy from chinasamurai.com and dragon spring swords. I ordered the "china jian" and the pommel was made of plastic painted to look like the metal …

Knife cave rip off 
My bro and I were excited to get our first real full tang swords. We looked around the Internet and bought our swords. A couple days later we get them …

By The Sword fails on many levels. 
These guys are crooks, do not by from them. Placed order 3 weeks, nothing shipped to me. They do not notify customers of out of stock items. I contacted …

Botach Tactical 
I placed an order at a site titled Botach Tactical. They had the best price on a Cold Steel Tomahawk I was coveting. This is one of those merchants who …

Had an interesting experience with Iloveswords.com/NobleWares... 
Not exactly awful, but..well, see what you all think. I was looking to get a Valiant Armory Praetorian as a gift for a friend, and after looking EVERYWHERE, …

Medieval Collectables Sucks (Scam?) 
I wanted to get some LARPing weapons and clothing for Christmas so I went to Medieval Collectables. I know they aren't real swords, but they do sell real …

Swords Swords.....don't do it....you will regret it 
I purchased El-Dorado Pirates Skull & Bones Sword and a sword frog from them, besides not having enough people to handle customer service, they jus don't …

By the Sword, or, a trip to the 10th level of Hell 
In fairness I think these folks have made a real effort to improve their customer service over the last year. The last few exchanges with them I've got …

Swordsswords.com 
My first expierience with them was decent. Pretty fast shipping......crappy packaging. It was Ok though.....my sword wasnt hurt in any way. The next time …

Disappointed in "Real Armor of God" 
Sadly "Real Armor of God" is not a customer-oriented online store. Their 'terms and conditions" run for pages if you print them out, their customer …

king of swords scammer HOW TO GET EVEN !!! 
Same as everyone else, ordered never received anything waited months cause they say its customs fault. They said they would refund …

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burned by Silvermane 
I'll keep this brief; I made a small order (it was nearly a very large order but the fellow I spoke with kept changing the information he giving me during …

Kingofswords is crap 
Back in Febuary I ordered 3 swords. Now i had been lookin for these swords for some time(one for about 8 years)I have 2 kids and didn't want to spend a …

Realarmorofgod.com gets an F- 
I ordered the Bushido Musashi Last Samurai Sword from Realarmorofgod.com and never received it or heard back from the company even though I left numerous …

Avoid Red Dragon Swords 
I ordered a couple of knives as gifts for friends as of late November 2007 in order to make sure they arrived by the holidays. When I ordered them, they …

watch out over at Mantis swords 
Went to mantis, looked over several things and it appears that what may be listed under an item may not be what appears when you proceed to purchase.......they …

BnD knives..... 
I was interested in buying a 'wallhanger' from one of my favorite video games, the buster sword from final fantasy from Bnd. I wasnt expecting unsing it …

Beware of SW Blades/Red Dragon Swords/Kingdom of Swords 
Their website (www.swblades.com) is now touting the name Kingdom of Swords.net. They are the same company as SW Blades, Southwest Blades, and Red Dragon …

GengSwords Dragon Katana and wakizashi 
Bought these two swords from Jack Geng about a month ago at under $100 NZD each which is well under his "retail" price $649 NZD for the katana and $549 …

Medieval Collectibles.com- Poor Service! 
I ordered a sword October 16th 2007 from Medieval Collectibles.com and never received any notification by e-mail that my order was confirmed. Called …

By the sword (Last legend katanas) 
In january ihave ordered a katana from LastLegend. The shop is caled -By the sword. They are located in the US. And I paid 915$, sword and shipping. …

Warning on 'Elite Steel' 
Some time ago, there was an up and coming retailer by the name of Elite Steel, owned and run by Jason Warbrick. Mainly a knife store but dabbled in Hanwei …

Hanwei Headache 
So earlier this year I decided to purchase a longsword. After looking at different vendors, that best one I found that was in stock (or so I thought) …

Not happy with BKS 
I just found this on SBG, I'm impressed. Had I know about this I would have wrote sooner. I'll be quick, it was about a year ago I got over it but god …

Avoid Southernswords.co.uk 
Bought 4 of these Listed as Windlass Steelcrafts, and stage and combat ready. They are neither of these things. I run a student reenactment …

Howard Clark. Bad experience.  
Ordered a L-6 from Howard. They were 2 years behind. So I sent in my request and said I would work on my dimensions. Thought I had enough time. Was waiting …

Francis boyd. Can't be trusted.  
Bought a sword from France Boyd. Wasn't what I was promised too thin wouldn't cut without bending. Unforgiving. Was promised a cutting blade. I have a …

DO NOT BUY FROM KNIFE CENTER! 
I spent over 200$ on an order from them. An order that NEVER arrived. I waited four months. Constantly getting replies telling me it was on it's way. When …

Tomahawk Black Dragon Samurai, NOT battle ready. 
This is a case of false advertising. The $70 USD price made me suspicious, but I took their word that they were battle ready. Not only were they NOT, the …

Are they scammers? Real Sword Company  
In march i placed a order for a sword from a company called "the real sword company". To start with they kept in touch telling me my sword was on its way, …

kingofswords.co.nz isn't kingofswords.com 
My name is David Hannay I ran kingofswords.co.nz here in New Zealand. Many of you will know NZ as Midddle Earth. There's a lot of talk about kingofswords.com, …

BY THE SWORD - Unscrupulouos Thieves! 
By the Sword has very poor communication, very poor customer service, and they will lie to you to keep your money. On July 30, 2012 I placed an online …

King of Swords 
I haven't used them in about a year and a half, but when I did I received about half of my $400 order, I would warn anyone that does use them of this fact. …

king of swords 
placed order that i never received emailed them and and got no reply and no refund as far as im concerned hes a thief

DON'T BUY FROM KING OF SWORDS 
THEY DON'T SHIP, DON'T RESPOND TO E-MAILS, WAITING FOR MONEY REFUND FOR SOME TIME.

The 'good' the 'bad' and the 'ugly' 
I found your site very useful & I start searching the web for retailer. Until now I buy from three sites, all in Europe. 1st:sword24 (I buy a Cold …

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