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May 18, 2018

Yong Lo Sword

The Yong Lo Sword is an extremely ornate, Ming Dynasty Sword that to me is the pinnacle of Chinese sword art. In this article,we take a look at this sword in detail, find out why it is so special and look at some of the modern day reproductions

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May 15, 2018

24 Katana Terminology Pages Just Added

As part of an overhaul in progress to improve the navigation of SBG and also to provide even more information to the beginning sword collector, we have recently completed 24 new pages on the site dedicated to all the major parts of a Japanese sword on our Sword Terminology page.

In addition, we also added the option to LISTEN to how each of the components of a Japanese sword are actually pronounced by a native speaker to avoid embarrassment and sound 'professional' as well as some tongue in cheek tips and tricks I picked up over the course of learning new languages to help to actually remember what the parts are called with the minimal amount of effort possible.

So if you are a beginner wondering what the various parts of a Samurai Sword are called, how to say them, what the are for, how much they cost, how they are made and common issues - well, this guide is for YOU!

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May 03, 2018

Repairing a katana

I have an old katana. The blade is a bit wobbly in the handle and the end of the sheath has what I think is a split in the wood which makes the sword not

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Apr 19, 2018

Are Musashi folded elite swords worth it?

Are musashi folded elite swords durable and clay tempered (differentially hardened)? Would it be better than a sword made of just 1060? The folded elite

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Apr 13, 2018

Where to sell used LOTR swords?

I Have a fair collection of United Cutlery Lord of the Rings swords. (As well as some other movie replica swords: Kingdom of Heaven, Rambo, etc.) I'm

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Mar 27, 2018

Cleaning World War 2 Japanese swords

I have 2 World WarII authentic Japanese swords that have been coated and caked with heavy grease for over 50 years. This grease is also caked inside of

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Mar 24, 2018

Musashi Fast Cutter Review

Hands on review of the Musashi Fast Cutter, designed by Paul Southren

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Mar 23, 2018

Goblin King Sword Review

The Goblin King Sword by Scorpion Swords reviewed by its designer. Did it do justice to this original fantasy design? Read the review and decide for yourself

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Mar 13, 2018

What is the difference in the Scottish Claymore and the Highlander Claymore?

Some time ago I purchased a Claymore from Scarborough Fair. The seller asked me if I knew what type of claymore it was. I don't remember what I answered

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Feb 21, 2018

How do you fit an aftermarket tsuba?

Is it possible to remove a Tsuba from a Katana without destroying it?, specifically, I was planning on buying either a Mushashi Rosewood Shirasaya or a

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Feb 12, 2018

Katana handle wrap coming undone

So my training katana's handle wrap has been coming lose from training and sweat. The top of near the guard is slipping down. I don't know What the material

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Feb 01, 2018

modifying swords

I found a brand new Windless European Sword at a pawn shop. I talked them down to fifty dollars . Unfortunately it is a bit heavy and tip heavy as well.

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Jan 26, 2018

where can I learn how to use a Katana?

So I have been searching where I can learn how to use a sword properly and I can't find any dojos that teach proper sword technique. Any Ideas?

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Jan 22, 2018

Is this online sword okay?

I found this listing on eBay for a Scottish Broad Sword. It says the blade is 1060 High Carbon Tempered Spring Steel, but doesn't provide any details as

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Jan 17, 2018

has anyone got and Indian Khanda antique sword for sale?

I am looking to buy an Indian khanda sword. Like something close to the one attached.

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Jan 13, 2018

Welded Rat Tail Tang

Many moons ago, yours truly was a helicopter pilot in a couple of Cav units. Since I was an officer, it was required to have a Model 1902 US Army original

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Jan 11, 2018

Can you please tell me any info at all about this sword?

I came across this sword at a sale. It looked intriguing so I bought it for a couple of bucks. By the picture is there any info you could provide or where

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Jan 11, 2018

What Kind of Sword Is This?

I recently bought this sword at an second hand store as it was a bargain price and just couldn't resist. just thought it would make a nice display when

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Jan 09, 2018

Request info on maker's mark

Can anyone tell me about this mark on a tai chi sword? I ask in utter ignorance, gathering info for a friend.

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Jan 06, 2018

Ceremony for presenting a sword to a samurai

Is there a specific ritual or ceremony for presenting a sword to a samurai?

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Jan 05, 2018

What Dino do with this Katana if it’s real?

Grandpa brought this back from Saipan, WWII? Said it was originally a Calvary Officers but the Japanese has to eat the horse so it was cut at the handle

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Jan 04, 2018

Are the del tin 16th century cut and thrust sword or the windlass munich cut and thrust sword any good?

Are the del tin 16th century cut and thrust sword or the windlass Munich cut and thrust sword any good? Like how do they handle whats the out of the box

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Dec 17, 2017

The Ultimate Fantasy Viking Sword - Odin's Oar

The making of Odins Oar by John Lundemo and KC Lund, the ultimate fantasy viking sword

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Nov 28, 2017

Christmas Sword Buying Guide 2017

Before you even think about buying someone a sword for Christmas, you need to read our christmas buying guide or your good intentions could seriously backfire..

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Aug 28, 2017

Meteoric Swords

Cut through the hype about meteoric swords and find how and why they are and were really made

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