It took a bit longer to take care of all the loose ends after my trip, and as our stock levels have become increasingly thin into June there really wasn't all that much to post about anyway..
We are expecting restocks of our extremely popular Ronin Katana and Cheness Cutlery swords towards the middle of July, but in the meantime I'll be the first to admit that the store was looking a little bare.
So to this end I had a chat to Hanwei and was able to wrangle a deal to tide you all over until the restock arrives, a very special price on two of the Raptor 5160 Spring Steel blades - the Shobu Zukuri Katana and the Wakizashi - both available at a price below the usual WHOLESALE cost.
With prices increasing across the industry, this is likely to be the last chance to pick up one of these swords at this kind of price - it may not be the most amazing deal we have been able to put on the table for this series, but the days of amazing clearout specials are well and truly over.
Instead, it is quite simply a great opportunity to pick up a solid cutter at a slightly lower price than you would pay if you were a sword WHOLESALER - and you may also notice that with the optional Ricky Chen Deluxe Sharpening service on offer you can take it to the next level and get this sturdy sword honed with an edge that is so sharp it feels like you'll cut your eye looking at it!
Next month should see a lot more activity as the restocks come in, and if all goes to plan, we will open up for new orders on Batch 20 of the SBG custom Katana (Batch 19 is basically completed and about to ship, just waiting on a few of the more complicated designs to be completed and some pics from the forge before posting on the other blog).
Plus, our long awaited collaboration with Ronin Katana, Project X is picking up momentum and I have just finished writing an official announcement that will be published in next months issue of the Sword Buyers Digest - very exciting stuff for higher end Katana enthusiasts around the corner indeed!
But in the meantime if you are bargain minded and weren't able to pick up one of the Raptors from last years super sale don't wait around on this one - while we will always try to bring you as many manufacturer direct discount deals as possible, special deals like this one are becoming rarer as the industry tightens up, so don't miss out..