Tinker Longswords, BCI Jian Closeout Sale and Custom Katana Order Period Extension


Quite a few nice deals and important news to tell you all in this issue of the store newsletter.

First off, a heads up fans of high quality, optimally balanced Longswords - the hugely in demand Tinker Pearce designed sharpened Longsword had a new batch come in from Hanwei - and of course, as demand far exceeds supply, the stock at Cas Iberia came in and all went out the same day, and it is very much a case of the 'quick and the dead' to get them.

However, right as of this moment, we have 10 pieces set aside for SBG. So if you are quick you can secure one now at the original price, but I do strongly suggest you act fast as the next shipment is not due until sometime next year..

(Sorry, USA addresses only)
I liked it, but what do I know..
25% Off and 'try before you buy' offer on the BCI Chinese Jian

I have never been shy about letting people know when I was wrong about something, after all, when it comes to swords I am a jack of all trades and master of none.

So when I got some additional feedback on the new BCI Chinese Jian from an experienced CMA (Chinese Martial Arts) practitioner with 23 years experience, I listen and take it seriously.

When it comes to Jian, I know a fair bit about the different types, styles, history and what the ideal balance point requirements are for serious practitioners. And to me, the super lightweight BCI Jian (just 1.42lbs) was hard to put down. But despite this, it does not fulfill the requirements of high level Gong fu Practitioners - so I have had to rethink it..

In its own right, separated from the requirements of CMA practitioners, it is an excellent sword. And even the gentleman who pointed out its flaws from a CMA point of view to me had the following positive comments to make on it..
  • It has an  'aged and battle-ready look.'  There is a no-fuss, all-business and minimalist almost Zen-monk like aesthetic to the sword.  Brown and black are the 'Chan' or Zen colours in China.
  • You could say the guard is a 'matte black,bat-shaped guard.' The bat has positive connotations in China- and cool factor.
  • Dignified and elegant in appearance.
  • The broad, strong blade is well weighted for quick, accurate thrusting and advance lunges. It has the right strength for powerful 'stop-thrusts' and  good 'pressing-power'.
  • The very sharp, stable and substantial blade is well gripped by the light weight cord-bound handle that allows for a sense of powerful extension of your arm in cutting.
  • The balance point and strength of the blade provide a strong sense of 'forte' (the part of the blade from mid-sword to hilt) for stable parrying. 
  • The blade is perfectly suited for a confident 'hanging guard'.  
  • The wax cord binding on the handle provides positive grip with continued practice without becoming overly tacky or sticking.
  • The lightweight, minimalist scabbard keeps the overall feeling of lightness and readiness to the whole piece.
  • amazing 645gram weight.
But yes, it is just not what CMA practitioners are after.

So here is the deal..

We have seven of these swords still in stock - and once they are sold, that's it. This is the first and the last run..

Because we cannot afford to carry the stock for a long period of time, first off is a huge 25% discount. This means we are selling them at a loss, but we need to recover the cash to put into new projects.

So to see if this rare and heavily discounted sword is right for you, I am offering a 30 day trial period where you can inspect it, do some dry handling, and see for yourself if you find it hard to put down like I did. If within 30 of receiving it, you decide you don't like it, shoot us an email and you can send it back, no questions asked, and a full refund granted. The only limitation is because of this trial period, we have decided to make it available to US customers only - international shipping is just too expensive to be able to offer this, especially as we are already offering it well below the wholesale price we actually paid.

If this sounds good, then give it a try. While it failed to meet the stringent handling requirements of Gong Fu, as you can see in its own right, it is an awesome sword - at an awesome price, and I hope, with an awesome offer to see for yourself if you like it first hand and if not, just send it back..

Stock is limited to only 7 pieces and as I said, once they are all sold and gone, that's it.

SBG Custom Katana Order Period Extension

Just a very quick update - partially because I realized that on the original cut off date of the 29th of October I will be traveling on business without any internet connection, and will not be able to get all the orders to the forge until early November anyway, and partially because we confirmed that we can extend slightly longer than the original cut off date, I am pleased to advise that we have been able to extend the current batch order period to the 4th of November.

So for those of you who needed just a little more time to either set aside the required funds or take their time to ensure the design is just right, now you have it!

Paul Southren | Sword Buyers Guide | paul@sword-buyers-guide.com | SBG Sword Store