As we head into 2019, it seems appropriate to take a moment to pause and look back at the year that 2018 was in swords..
The year did not start that well, with the industry rocked in late 2017 by international shipping restrictions, factory closures all across China and a general acceleration of the downturn that has marked the sword industry for nearly a decade now..
And despite trade wars and shipping issues this year, at least as we move towards 2019 things are looking better than last year, though still many challenges remain..
Such is the nature of a niche micro industry I suppose..!
Anyway, much of the focus for this year has been developing the project and the swords for the Legendary Swords website experience - with the site finally launched in beta on September 20. And as we continue into next year, more time and energy will be focused on this project to create more designs, add more content and grow to the site and concept to maturity.
Before the launch however, I spent a solid 2-3 months saving all the best stuff from the SBG forums, adding dozens of new reviews and updating the entire main site with new articles and pages - especially with regards to sword making and customization.
And of course, I was also fortunate enough to go
behind the scenes at Citadel
Swords in Cambodia where the critical differences between high end custom and every production sword was made crystal clear - and in 2019 I hope to work closely with Citadel to produce some SBG designed swords - as I truly was blown away by the quality of their work.