Saturday, March 25, 2017

29" Blade Length Aluminum Iaito Unsharpen Training Katana Practice Samurai Sword

In the study of Japanese sword arts, speed and precision are critical. Duels ended quickly with the faster, more skilled swordsman being the one to walk away.  In modern times, Japanese sword arts have moved beyond the practical and become arts of exercise and meditation, helping the practitioner to hone their bodies, minds and spirits.

If one wishes to pursue study of Japanese sword arts, one must first acquire a good beginner's sword. In iaido specifically, beginners all start with iaito, or unsharpened swords. This allows practitioners to practice with what is, for all intents and purposes, a real sword, and helps get them used to weight, balance, safety and maintenance procedures without the danger element a sharpened blade brings. It is always best to start with a light iaito and work up to heavier swords as muscle tone and skill level increase.

Our Ohané is a perfect iaito for both beginning and advanced students of iaido. It is very light and fast, aiding in proper technique application. It features a prominent bohi which offers an audible whistle when edge alignment is correct.  It's also aesthetically pleasing; it features a lovely etched hamon, sukashi tsuba, real ray skin and cotton ito. Ohané:  feather light.

  • Blade: The blade is made of incredibly light aluminum alloy and features a beautiful aesthetic hamon. It also features a bohi which provides audible feedback when the sword is swung to ensure good edge alignment.
  • The kissaki is a chu, or medium length.
  • The blade is unsharpened for safe swordsmanship practice.
  • Saya: The saya is lacquered an elegant black and features a brass-fitted kurigata and cotton sageo.
  • Tsuka: The Tsuba is blackened Iron in an elegant sukashi style. The Tsuka features a double pinned Mekugi and a brass flower Menuki. The Same (ray skin) is crisp white, with black cotton Ito Tsukamaki.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Winter Sun Katana by Dragon King

The macaque (Japanese snow monkeys) known survival requires communal support. The Winter Sun Katana at Sword N Armory mirrors the cold reality of the darkest days of the year on the tsuba (guard) and menuki. The blackened tsuba, fuchi, tsuka-ito and fuchi-kashira contrast the real white same handle and the black textured lacquered saya.

The through-disposition and sharpened blade of the Winter Sun is forged from 5160 high carbon steel. The thick-spined blade accompanied by an extended, wedge-shaped cutting plane, is intended to, in an unwavering manner, cut soft and semi-hard targets in substantial cutting sessions without suffering chipping or edge deformation.

The blackened tsuba has two snowflakes on a single side; its inverse has a pair of Japanese Macaque Snow Monkeys. The fuchi and kashira fittings are of blackened metal, and the habaki and seppa have a silvered finish. The wooden tsuka grip is overlaid with rayskin and wrapped with a black tsuka ito cord. The silvered wintry snowflake menuki are fitted beneath the raykin.

This sword comes with a protective cloth sword bag.

With its heavily-build blade geometry of through-hardened 5160 high carbon steel, this sword is contrived to not simply be a themed display katana, but a reliable, and forgiving cutting one that resists both edge-chipping and taking a bend when used in extended cutting practice against true targets.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ito Cord Wraps Serve Many Purposes for Swords

The Many Functions of Ito Cord Wraps for Swords

The traditional Ito cord wraps that are so often paired with collectible Japanese swords are a cultural image with a long history, which have become increasingly popular over the years. Though they are certainly distinctive and aesthetically pleasing, with their intricate wrapping patterns and infinite color combinations, these iconic cords serve more purposes than simple decoration.

Reinforcement of the Tsuka

The tsuka, or hilt, of swords such as katanas are often sleek and narrow. The silk or leather Ito cord wraps can give additional strength to the handle by reinforcing it throughout and giving it more substance. The patterns used to wrap the handle are designed to distribute stress on the tsuka evenly, preventing too much shock being taken to any one part of the hilt.

Superior Grip

Adding Ito wrappings to the handle of your sword can also greatly increase traction and grip. Where a simple metal, or even wooden, handle might easily slip out of the hand, adding cording to it ensures a firm hold.

For this reason, particularly, leather Ito wraps have a reputation. Besides giving it a more hardened, adventurer-gear appearance, leather wraps serve the very practical function of giving anyone using the sword a firm grip at all times.

Aesthetic Appeal

Finally, Ito cord wraps do serve an important aesthetic function. Japanese swords have a long tradition of intricate wrappings on their hilts, to protect from damage, add functionality, and reinforce. But they are also iconic, with representations in popular culture and history alike.

Since there are infinite colors to choose from when adding a wrapping, and variations in pattern as well, Ito cord wraps are an excellent way to pay homage to your sword's history while making it truly unique among its contemporaries. These wrappings will bring authenticity and an original look simultaneously to your blade.

Monday, March 6, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Own A Knife Stand From Sword N Armory

3 Reasons a Knife Stand is Crucial

There’s little more satisfying to the avid weapon enthusiast than a full collection of tactical knives. But when a collection is growing, it's time to consider the most effective display for them, both in terms of protection and looks. Having a knife stand for your blades will help keep an organized and appealing feel to your selection of weaponry.

Protection from Damage

Keeping knives on a display stand will protect them from inadvertent damage that can come from being kept in drawers, on hard surfaces, or in the path of destructive children and pets.

When a fine collection is left piled around on furniture or in boxes, they can knock around on each other or other objects. In the worst case, this could cause scratches to the detailing, even with high quality weapons. Keeping them safely in their display when not in use will ensure they are not misused or exposed to rust and breakage.

Protection from Injury

In addition to the safety of the knives themselves, keeping the in a display will greatly diminish any risk of bodily harm to children, pets, or even straying guests. Having an artful stand to display them in ensures that they are all accounted for, and sends a signal that they are not to be played with at random.

Maximization of Aesthetic Appeal

Of course, the most obvious reason to add a stand to your presentation is appearance. A fantastic collection of blades deserves an equally fantastic display stand to truly show them off.

If you've put work into a selection of knives that makes you proud, it is time to let everyone know. Whether photographing and sharing your collection online, or knowing that when a guest walks in, they will be impressed by the sight of your hoard, as having a knife stand really is crucial in bringing the most enjoyment to your collection.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Behind The Scenes Look For What Goes Into Doing a Medieval Reenactment

The short answer is ORGANIZATION.

The Beginning
Start with an evaluation of your resources.

This begins with estimating the number of participants you can expect. Based on that estimate and the people available to participate in managing the reenactment, select the participatory activities for the event. These can include competitions of period cooking, crafting demonstrations and sales, musical performances including period dance and, of course, a battle.

If you include any activities involving horses, you're entering a demanding level of management and potential injury, which you should consider soberly before releasing the details of the event.

Once you've a good idea, not necessarily a perfect idea, but a good idea of the activities the will comprise your day, you need an appropriate venue with satisfactory locations for all of the activities. By this point, you have people in charge of the different aspects of the reenactment who can estimate how much room they need.

If you're having a battle, it is best placed at the central point of the venue as it consumes the most room, requires many participants and may be decorated to build excitement. The battle participants themselves form no small part of the interest in the reenactment, so placing them so everyone can see them making ready for battle is a great way of maintaining interest until the scheduled start time.

To War
Of course everyone interested in the medieval time period loves the idea of reenacting a famous battle. However, before scheduling a battle rather than, for example, demonstrations featuring the use of different period weapons, you require experts who understand the details of the battle you're imitating and sufficient leaders to manage the participants.

Battles are great medieval reenactment centerpieces and there are many ways of ensuring they are effective, safe and fun. With the emergence of small, reasonably-priced microphones, you can begin battles with challenges, delivered with period language and seriousness, accompanied by brilliantly dressed support personnel. The leaders of the forces can exchange several such verbal salvos before the battle begins. This serves to provide background, entertain, provide roles for as many participants as possible, and is a “soft start” to the combat so the late-comers can arrange themselves.

Managing Weaponry
Even replicas of medieval of instruments of war can cause injuries. Best practices in this case include relying on the good sense of the actors,publishing specific parameters for the display, storage and use of the weapons and reiterating to all participants that real injury is not fun for anyone and is to be avoided.

Since the battle is generally the biggest draw of the medieval event, schedule it later in the day, perhaps in the early afternoon. This leaves ample time for the musicians, dancers, fools etc. to perform. Placing the crafts and other demonstrations around the perimeter of the performance area enables your guests to multi-task, enjoying music and comedy while shopping or learning to weave. Ideally, schedule performances and demonstrations both before and after the battle so even the combatants can enjoy the day’s offerings.

First Aid
There's no medieval reenactment without a first aid area. You can use an anachronistic EMT truck or have volunteers at a tent, but some kind of First Aid station is essential, if only armed with ice packs and water. Period costume is nothing if not hot and the battles are rife with incidental injuries. If nothing else, the First Aid area provides a place for the injured to wait until professional help arrives.

Since it's entirely likely that there will be at least one accident, we suggest notifying the local emergency first responders of your event. This may be no more than sending them an informational flyer. This enables them to become familiar with your plans and the location of the event just in case – no one really likes surprises.

Managing Participants
Once you establish your schedule for the reenactment, each of your lieutenants must manage an area of the event. As people register, forward the registrations to the appropriate music, dance, and military manager. If you're having a battle, the military manager will need more help if the registration is substantial.

Managing the Battle
Generally, you choose to re-enact an historic battle or plan one of your own invention. Much depends on the number of people who register to fight and their characters. With sufficient participation, we prefer the historic reenactment for several reasons. For one thing, it provides a template for the activity. For another, there is less arguing because you can’t vary from history and lastly, you know where everyone has to be when.

If you choose to create a battle, keep in mind that people are attending to participate, not to sit around being lectured or bullied into lines.

With organization and dedicated help, you can have an enjoyable day for all participants without serious injury, festooned with the finery of medieval times, which's what most people want after all.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


The Munetoshi Viper with Blue Katatemaki has a unique geometry, and is one of the best handling swords we offer here at Sword N Armory.

Featuring an Unokubi-zukuri style geometry, there are two bohi (grooves), and about 1/3 up the blade, the geometry changes into a diamond cross section. The combination of the grooves and diamond cross section gives an exceptionally light sword. Coming in at only 2lbs, this sword was designed to cut light targets with ease and is fully capable for use in Tameshigiri. The extremely tough blade will not easily bend or take a set due to the superior heat treatment of the steel.

Viper Geometry
  •        The Unokubi-zukuri geometry stems from a naginata blade which is then cut down and turned into a katana or wakizashi. 
  •        When the basic shape of the naginata is elongated to fit more closely to a standard katana shape, you are left with a sword that has extremely lively handling. 
  •        The complex geometry is not just for show, it's also a highly engineered and well-thought-out design that improves the weight distribution, handling, and durability. 
Performance Characteristics
  •        Specially made 1075 Spring Steel and superior heat treatment make this sword extremely durable and does not easily bend or torque. 
  •        Weight distribution: Great weight distribution where the sword is very easy to maneuver and does not strain the joints.
  •        Made to cut light targets such as bottles, paper and tatami omote.
This is an unique katana with rarely seen geometry, extreme light weight, superior heat treatment, and superior handling.

Friday, February 17, 2017

You Hold The Key - Kingdom Hearts Swords Have Arrived!!!

Kingdom Hearts features a mixture of familiar Disney and Square Enix characters, as well as several new characters like Sora, Ventus, Aqua, and Terra. In addition to original locations, the Kingdom Hearts series features many worlds from Disney films. Sora must visit these worlds and interact with various Disney characters to protect them from enemies. Often, his actions in these worlds closely follow the storylines of their respective Disney films.

This RPG series focuses on different realms and mystical weapons. It involves Kingdom Hearts Keyblades (a key-shaped sword). The series features characters from both companies (Square Enix and Disney Universe) – a cross between FF and Disney.

As Sora and Riku convert to their new powers and cope with the accountability of having, as well as using them, an ever-expanding myth begins to develop around the heroic Kingdom Hearts: the starter of all hearts and the aim of tons of enemies.

The main reason people are going bonkers about this action adventure series is the fact that Kingdom Hearts Keyblades aren’t easily available on the net, but here at Sword N Armory, we carry them.