Sword Buyers Guide Blog

Stay up to date with the latest news and articles with the SBG Sword Blog!

You might also be interested in our SBG Sword Store Blog - which is actually updated more frequently and contains information on current special offers, additional product information and musings, sneak previews of swords in development, industry insights and much more!

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May 01, 2020

Digest Due May 4th

Special Star Wars Day themed issue with an emphasis on light sabers and melee weapons of the future..

Apr 30, 2020

Kingdom of Arms

The full lowdown on Kingdom of Arms. Who they are, what they make, customer feedback, known issues and everyting any prospective buyer NEEDS to know

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Mar 09, 2020

Japanese Ninja Swords

What were Japanese Ninja Swords really like? A deep dive into the shadowy world of the historical Shinobi and their iconic sword

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Mar 03, 2020

March Edition of the Digest Out Now

The March edition of the Sword Buyers Digest Online Magazine is out now.

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Feb 05, 2020

Advent Children Buster Sword

Overview of the Advent Children Buster Sword, including the full backstory, what replicas are available on the market and much, much more

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Feb 01, 2020

Antique Samurai Swords: a personal journey in Japan

Explore the world of Antique Samurai Swords first hand as I was given unprecedented access to the often secretive world of Japanese Nihonto.

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Feb 01, 2020

February Edition of the Digest Out Now

A big issue, with sword news, videos, special offers and the low-down on our most recent venture with Blades of Japan

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Jan 24, 2020

Samurai Swords on eBay: Wolves in Cheap Clothing

There are many Samurai Swords on eBay that seem too good to be true being offered by 'forges' in mainland China. Here's the real scoop on the major players.

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Dec 23, 2019

Seasons Greetings All!

Hope you have a great holiday season and look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.

Dec 16, 2019

If you were going to buy a sword for Christmas... You have left it too late..

If you were planning on buying a sword for Christmas for someone else, it's a REALLY bad time to be buying right now. Find out why and what you can do about it in the 2019 Special Edition SBG Christmas Sword Buying Guide.

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Dec 13, 2019

Forge Direct Katana Review

Third party review of the SBG Forge Direct Katana, one of the best value for money custom Japanese styled swords on the market

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Dec 01, 2019

Christmas Edition of our ezine out now

Just in a Saint Nick of time - the Christmas edition of the Sword Buyers Digest is out now and it's a big one.

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Nov 29, 2019

Battle Ready Lightsabers

Overview of the best and worst battle ready lightsabers on the market. Background info, hands on reviews, testing and comparisons.

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Nov 22, 2019

Christmas Sword Buying Guide 2019

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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Nov 12, 2019

Are Swords Weapons?

What is a weapon? Are swords weapons in the age of the gun? It's not as clear cut as you may think..

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Nov 08, 2019

SBG Store - Temporary Suspension of International Shipping

2019 has been a difficult year to ship swords around the world. But it just got a whole lot worse. Find out more in the Official SBG Sword Store blog.

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Oct 06, 2019

Project X Japanese - Round II

Second and Last round for the year, plus permanent price reduction on the Forge Direct Custom Katana series? Is there anything more a fan of Japanese swords could possibly want or need?

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Jul 15, 2019

Sword Buyers Digest - The Archives

Updated with back issues of the Sword Buyers Digest from 2005 to June 2019. Take a trip down memory lane with us.

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May 09, 2019

Project X Japanese is Back

Limited re-release of 20 orders now with custom options at the SBG Sword Store

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Jan 22, 2019

Is Siwode a trustable or legitimate sword maker?

Hi. I have recently been on a quest for finding cheaper $100-200 dollar range katanas. I have come across a company by the name of Siwode. I've looked

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Jan 19, 2019

Seraph Aegis Now on Sale

One of the finest swords we have ever been involved with, we are delighted to offer this stunning heirloom quality collectible art sword - the perfect marriage of functionality and beauty.

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Sep 20, 2018

Legendary Swords - the LAUNCH!

It is official, SBG's new 'sister site' Legendary Swords.com is now finally live 15 months after I first started development on it - and hits the ground running in Beta 1.0 with all the backstories, behind the scenes sword making pages, fantasy sword art galleries and even a webcomic series ready and waiting for you to check out first hand.

With nearly 200 pages of content, in truth the site is still very much in its infancy, but I am pretty sure that if you are a fan of battle ready fantasy swords, you will find your first visit to be enjoyable.

And while you and there, be sure to sign up to our newsletter as it is the best way to stay up to date and be notified of major developments, new competitions and when another chapter of the free webcomic is released..

So without any further ado - check it out here

Aug 28, 2018

Legendary Swords - the countdown has begun

The clock is ticking, quite literally - and the site for Fans of Battle Ready Fantasy Swords is launching to beta 1.0 on the 20th of September 2018..

As such, my focus will largely be on the new site making sure it is all ready for the official launch, so updates here will slow down as a result.

To find out what all the fuss is about, check it out here on the Special Projects page of SBG..

"Fantasy Sword Art Made REAL in STEEL"..

Aug 25, 2018

2 new sword customization free ebooks

Our sword customization and making pages just got even better with two free PDF ebooks donated to the sword community by Findlithui.

Both are HIGHLY detailed step by step tutorials, the first showing you how to make a poplar wood core scabbard using a router and the second one how to dress the scabbard up and make a leather wrap for a scabbard

Combine these tutorials with everything else recently added to the sword making and sword customization pages and there is almost everything you could ever ask for on how to DIY it - all 100% free.


Aug 22, 2018

DIY Sword Sharpening Kit

How to make your own Sword Sharpening Kit from a couple of blocks of wood, a workbench and a sharpening stone. Easy and consistent results, and no upfront cost.

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