April had been an interesting month.. Indeed, some of the content in THIS the May issue feels like it would have been more at home in the April Fool's edition - but I am afraid that it is all too real, and its a mix of good and bad news..

First the bad news to get it out of the way - after a series of failed promotions we were forced to pull the plug the project we have been working on for the past 2 years, the Legendary Swords Project. I will explain in detail towards the end of this email, but the short story is that the site itself will continue, but that it will no longer be involved in attempts to make functional fantasy sword replicas.

And the good news? Well, that almost makes up for it and is another project that has been 2 years in the making. Project X Japanese is back..!

So with a lot to cover in this issue, lets get started with our featured article that boils down what I learned the hard way about the Fantasy Sword market - what works, what's good and why the best and most popular designs are almost always going to cost thousands of dollars..