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Sep 29, 2016

Anime Kirito Sword Review

The Sword of Kirito from Sword Art Online Reviewed

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Sep 28, 2016

Blutsauger Anime Sword Review

Hands on review of the blutsauger sword from shakugan no shana

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Sep 22, 2016

New Release: The Muramasa Katana

The latest release in our Forge Direct line up - the Muramasa Laminated Katana. Read more in our store blog.

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Sep 01, 2016

September Digest..

Just a quick note - due to unforseen circumstances our schedule last week exploded and we were simply unable to send out the September edition of the Sword Buyers Digest. Things should be back to normal for the October Halloween edition however. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Aug 16, 2016

Reshaping a Blade

Hi, I've been thinking about buying and customizing a Hanwei Tinker Great Sword of War, and one of the changes would be to make the tip of the sword pointed

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Aug 15, 2016

Imperial Forge Limited Edition Folded Steel Katana IF1000LTD vs Hanwei 30th Anniv. Musashi Katana

Hello, I have done hours of research on line. I want a quality folded katana for looks,toughest,sharpness. in the 750- 1000 dollar range. I want to learn

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Aug 09, 2016


I am a first time sword buyer and found the sword I want on Chansword.com. The particular sword is the black t10 katana, I love the look and characteristics

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Aug 04, 2016

why not include tamahagane in your "sword steels 101" section

I was wondering why you didn't include a tamahagane section in your real swords 101/sword steels 101. Tamahagane steel would be the most authentic Japanese

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Jul 25, 2016

Ronin Katana Miyamoto Musashi Special

From the Official Store Blog - Special Introductory offer on the Dojo Pro Miyamoto Musashi Sword Daisho Set.

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Jul 21, 2016

Worksharp Ken Onion edition for Katana?

I have to admit with my swords convex edge I struggle sharpening my katanas unless I remove the handle and do the entire blade and repolish it which sucks

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Jul 20, 2016

What Kind of Sword Is This?

My nephew recently purchased this sword from a small shop here in Virginia, where a woman whose husband recently passed away brought it in to sell on consignment.

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Jul 09, 2016

What is the special grip needed for a narrow hilt viking sword?

In your review of Ronin Katana's Euro sword line, you mentioned that the hilt on the model 8 was roomier than on a traditional Viking sword and that the

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Jul 09, 2016

Best around metal for sword

Hello. Recently got into swords. I bought a 1090 sword and have a 1045. Plan on buying more. In your opinion for strength and laying life which is the

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Jul 06, 2016

Katana straightening and sharpening

I have had my katana for almost 7 years now, I starting practicing when I was about 13 years old in a dojo I belonged to. Unfortunately time passed and

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Jul 05, 2016

Tsunami tiger forge? Anyone?

So im seeing this new forge or maybe they have been around called Tsunami Tiger. Anyone really know anything about them? Their swords look okay. A lot

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Jul 05, 2016

Equal HRC properly tempered comparison, through vs deferential

In a real world environment, if two swords of comparably properly tempered HRC ratings are matched, is there really any difference between swords made

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Jun 21, 2016

Thaisuki KTN5 Katana Review

This Thaisuki katana review was several years in the making and lost from 2011 to 2014. Finally we bring you our findings on this contraversial brand.

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Jun 20, 2016

hanzo steel vs dojo pro

Are the Ronin Hanzo Steel katanas virtually a black coated differentially tempered version of Ronins Dojo Pro? At some point I want to buy both a Hanzo

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Jun 18, 2016

Swords from the Indian Subcontinent

Hello all I have recently seen a video or two from scholagladitora about the kinds of swords one may find on the Indian subcontinent and I was wondering

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May 30, 2016

Interview with Henry Thomas

In our exclusive interview, Henry Thomas discusses swords and swordsmanship in movies, the upcoming Conan the Barbarian movie and much much more

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May 29, 2016

Damascus Sucks! Don't believe the hype..

Why Damascus steel swords are often the WORST choice for a Katana. Do not buy a folded or Damascus steel sword until you read this first..

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May 27, 2016

Is "Swords of Northshire" reputable?

I've been looking at buying another custom sword, I'm not saying in detail what I'm having done on here, but I've been checking out their site and not

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May 25, 2016

Looking for the best medieval practice swords, I'm new to this.

I want two swords exactly the same for me and friends to begin practicing in HEMA type style of fighting. However my budget is 150$ and below, so I don't

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May 20, 2016

I want a tough sword.

I have a few battle ready swords and while I enjoy them I'm afraid of a break or scratch. I'm aware of what authenticity in a sword means but it's not

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May 20, 2016

hanwei L6 or powdered steel...

I bought my ol'lady a hanwei ppk elite because she wanted a quality sword so with research I settled on it, after I gave it to her I got the bug BAD..

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