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Jul 16, 2018

Citadel Swords

Read about Citadel Swords of Cambodia, who they are, what they make and more in our Sword Makers Dossier

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Jul 16, 2018

Citadel Knives and Swords, a visit to the forge

Paul Southren visits Citadel Knives and Swords in the Kingdom of Camboida to give you a behind the scenes look at THE premier maker of Japanese swords outside of Japan

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Jul 12, 2018

5 Medieval Sword Types That Changed the Course of History

There are 24 medieval sword types according to the famed medieval sword expert Ewart Oakeshott. But of all these types and sub types, beginners only really need to know 5 types to get a solid understanding. Find out what those 5 types are here

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Jul 10, 2018

Expansion and Update of our Oakeshott Typology Pages

It has been a bit of a herculean effort, but I have just completed an update and revision of the 24 Oakeshott Sword types and sub-types in our article 'Oakeshott Typology Made Easy' and added a detailed dedicated page for each type and sub type with analysis of each sword in its historical context, defining characteristics, lots of classic public domain artworks and the best value for money replicas of each type for modern day collectors of fully functional swords..

Further articles and refinements are coming soon, but for now I feel like I have been Oakshotted out of a Cannon so need to take a brief well deserved rest!

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Jul 04, 2018

Sword Manufacturers Dossier Update

Another somewhat overdue update on the Manufacturers Dossier - partially cosmetic so that all pages look the same and a little neater, but content was also updated to reflect new product lines or changes to the way a given sword company operates. Added two new pages - one for Blade Culture International and one for Ryujin Sword respectively.

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Jun 25, 2018

Sword Fighting Pages Update

As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding SBG and keeping the content up to date, we have finally got around to expanding our pages on Sword Training and Sword Fighting, adding more generalized and helpful information for true beginners, and creating two breakaway pages for Japanese Sword Arts and Western Martial Arts respectively.

It is not 100% finished yet, but good enough for the time being - hope you enjoy it!

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Jun 19, 2018

Oakeshott Typology Made Easy

Oakeshott typology is a system of classifying various types of medieval swords created by the historian Ewart Oakeshott. However, it is quite a complex system that has lead to endless debates as to what type a sword is classified as. Here's how to simplify it

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Jun 17, 2018

Samurai Sword - a guide for beginners

Our guide to the Samurai Sword for absolute beginners. Get EVERY important fact for understanding and collecting fully functional Katana

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Jun 15, 2018

SBG Special Projects

SBG has been involved in many special projects since 2007. From custom swords to unique designs, see what we have been involved with over the years

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Jun 14, 2018

Project X Forge Direct

Started in 2016, Forge Direct is a collaboration between SBG and the top forges in China to produce a range of made on demand swords never seen before

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Jun 10, 2018

Are Katana Illegal?

Are Katana illegal to own? Find out if you can or cannot legally own a Katana depending on where you live

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Jun 06, 2018

Walking Dead Sword

The walking dead sword reviewed - is it any good, how faithful is it to the TV series and everything else you need to know about replicas of this sword

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Jun 04, 2018

Replica Conan the Barbarian Swords

Looking for the best Conan the Barbarian Swords? Read our free guide first, from cheap knockoffs to the highest end replicas around, we have you covered

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May 28, 2018

Deadpool Swords

Are replica Deadpool swords worth the price? Get the full lowdown here

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May 26, 2018

Katana Maintenance 101

Katana maintenance made easy with this straightforward no nonsense guide

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May 22, 2018

How to use a Katana properly

If you don't know how to use a Katana properly, it simply won't cut as you expect it would. Find out the basic technique here

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May 21, 2018

So you wanna buy an authentic Katana?

If you want to buy an authentic Katana, but don't have several thousand dollars, you need to read this simple guide to what is availabe, the two main types of Katana on the market, and everything else you need to make an informed decision

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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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