I did, and while it is arguably an improvement, turning into a bald zombie and sprouting antlers (they look a bit like ant feelers! But they were actually cropped from some horned real life beasty) doesn't suit everyone..
|ANTlers or just skinny horns..? |
The reason for the faux horror is of course to try and give the latest addition to the SBG line up, the Ronin Katana Dojo Pro "Trapped Oni Soul" Ko Katana, the evil, smaller twin of the original bad boy that added + 3 to Dexterity as just one of its special powers.. (and as you can see, one of the others can cause some monsterism - as the Oni is trapped in the actual tsuba, removing it should only be attempted by senior members of the clergy or while wearing gloves at the very least...)
Of course, all kidding and spoofing aside - the actual sword is TRULY a little terror.
Cosmetically of course it is exactly the same color scheme (red and black as every discerning Oni just will not have it any other way!), though diametrically opposed - the original design is a huge 30" blade while the Ko Katana is a mere 24", but is incredibly fast in the hands (easily usable in one hand, it comes alive when used with two) its not just mean looking - it is MEAN!!
And bad tempered too, especially if you fiddle with, remove, tease, annoy or upset the tsuba.
I think I had entirely too much fun with photoshop on this one..!
OTHER STORE NEWS
Things have been VERY busy the last few days, the SBG Custom Katana flicked between batches without the usual 2-3 month downtime and so far things are going very smoothly with the Custom Katana re-release. Everyone who got in on the most recent batch should get their swords by June 5th, all orders coming in now - late July - and with plenty of time to tweak and adjust your design before it goes to the forge.
And as the store overhaul continues - both the store blog (the thing you are reading now) and the dedicated Black Dragon and SBG Custom Katana forge blog have just been given a nice overhaul, coat of paint and are laying the foundations for more frequent use and usability.
And as anyone who received the exclusive store newsletter that went out a few days ago will know, things are about to get even busier and more exciting - so stay tuned folks! Plenty more to come, with 3 new Dojo Pro hot on the heels of the Oni Ko Kat - I must admit the saya on model 21 is unique and very attractive, my favourite in the classic series thus far I think.
Lots going on behind the scenes, so I need to get back to it - but will post again here very soon!
|Should be available in the store by this time tomorrow if all goes to plan!|