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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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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Aug 20, 2018

King Arthur Sword - the Quest for the Best Replicas

Our quest, to find the ultimate King Arthur Sword Replica. But first, we had to define what Excalbur would have really looked like, look at how others have defined it, and then see what is out there in terms of good quality replicas. Come with us and see what we found..

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Aug 18, 2018

Clean Rust off a Sword, a How To Guide

The techniques to get rust off a sword are not that hard to learn, though they do take time and a fair bit of elbow grease. Here we provide you with the know how on how to do it, the elbow grease is up to you..

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Aug 17, 2018

Wakizashi & Daisho Buyers Guide

If you are into Japanese swords, it is a bit unbalanced not to have any Wakizashi in your collection. However, for various reasons explained in this article, Wakizashi are not always easy to find. Here you will find what Wakizashi and Wak variants are available on the sword market, why they are important and a little bit of the history behind them.

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Aug 14, 2018

New Look Site & New Content Galore

Over the last 2-3 months we have been adding a pretty decent chunk of new content, sword reviews, DIY tutorials and more to SBG. As such, the final changes involved a reorganization of the sites navigation to make it a bit easier to find stuff and a final coat of virtual paint to give it a new look and feel (actually, it is more of a return to an older - but updated - version of how SBG used to look, and a closer match to the forums which remained unchanged while we had a stripped back version for a while).

Anyway, if you have not visited SBG in a while, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Aug 14, 2018

Extreme Sword Collecting

Sword collecting always starts out with one. Just one sword, what could it hurt you say.. And then you get your first sword and its a good one.. And before you know it, it starts to look like some of the extreme sword collections by SBG members. You will see what I mean

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Aug 12, 2018

Sword Memes

A collection of Sword Memes and what they mean, from 'ending him rightly' to spotting Ninjas - a collection of the best and funniest family friendly memes all in one place

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Aug 10, 2018

Hattori Hanzo Sword Build

The Hattori Hanzo Sword build - Adam Savage formely from Mythbusters, commissioned on of our talented SBG sowrd customizers to make him a replica of the Kill Bill Brides Sword. Here is how he did it, step by step, and how you can customize a sword as well!

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Aug 08, 2018

DIY Tsuka Tutorial

A detailed, step by step DIY tsuka tutorial from the perspective of a beginner trying it for the first time. Learn the most popular method to create a tsuka core for your Katana that fits like a glove and would normally cost several hundred dollars..

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Aug 07, 2018

Easiest way to bring out a hamon line

The easiest ways to bring out a hamon line is not a hybrid polish, and it certainly is not the traditional Japanese way... Find out the best 'secret' and easiest methods that anyone can do to bring out the detail in a subtle or faded hamon

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Aug 06, 2018

How to patina a sword

Quick tutorial on how to patina a sword so that it looks like a medieval museum piece. As real swords rust quite easily, it's not that hard - but if you just let nature take its course you will only ruin your blade.

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Aug 04, 2018

Del Tin Armi Antiche

Read about Del Tin Armi Antiche of Italy, who they are, what they make and more in our Sword Makers Dossier

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