I finally got to go to the Gasparilla Parade this year. I've visited Florida in January several times over the last few years but never had the opportunity to attend the event. So this year I made sure to bring my camera.
It took me a little bit of time to learn how to remove the audio from the video as someone in the background was being rather rude and offensive (at least until they saw we had children with us) so I didn't want to expose you to that language.
I found some royalty free music that was rather upbeat to replace it with. I hope you enjoy this video and we look forward to providing you with several more over the next month.
Merry Chrismas To All! We want to thank everyone for making this a wonderful and successful Christmas season once again. As our way of saying thank you we are having a year end special. You can save an additional 10% off our everyday low sale prices during checkout. No coupon code needed.
The special runs until 11:59PM eastern time December 31, 2012. May the spirit of love, peace and giving be with you this Christmas and always.
We'd like to thank everyone who came buy and visited or purchased from Excalibur Brothers over the Holiday weekend and especially on Cyber Monday. Due to the overwhelming response we have decided to extend our sale until Midnight at Thursday November 29, 2012.
It's folks like you that give us reason to be thankful for being in business. No matter what your sword or knife needs we hope we have something you will want and love. If it weren't for you we simply would be in business. This means we strive to offer the best service possible and if something isn't right we will make it right. Your satisfaction comes first.
If you ever have a question, comment or complaint feel free to call me directly on our toll free line 1-877-220-3259 and for Lawrence (I might even be the one answering the phone) and I will be happy to talk with you personally.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to serving you again soon.
Just a reminder that Excalibur Brothers is offering 10% off all orders for Cyber Monday. We also have several extra special deals on the home page where you save not only 10% off our everyday sale price but an additional $10-$25 depending on the item chosen.
After the ordeal of Black Friday those who still haven't found all the great deals that they wanted are encouraged to "shop small" and support small businesses both local and online.
Small businesses offer a unique advantage over the big box stores in that while you may not find the latest and great electronic gadgets and gizmos at super low prices you will get great deals on items not found in those impersonal super stores. Plus you'll receive great personalized service from owners and employees who actually care about their customers.
Small businesses are the backbone of the American and world economy. While figures may differ depending on the source used it's commonly agreed that small business (companies with fewer than 500 employees) employ over 50% of the US workforce and may account for up to 75% of those in the job market. The difference is that many one person or owner operated companies get missed by many of the statistics if there is no payroll data being reported to the government.
Excalibur Brothers is pleased to be in the small business category. What this means is that Excalibur Brothers is small enough to care about their customers and visitors. We know that you the customer are vital to the survival of our business and that we must take care of you in a professional and courteous manner or we will not survive. So we offer great service, competitive pricing, fast shipping and the promise that if and when a problem arises with your order that it will be taken care of to your complete satisfaction.
Customer satisfaction takes priority over "making a buck" at Excalibur Brothers. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase or we will make it right. We are so confident that you will love your new sword, knife or medieval gothic novelties that we back it with a 10 day no questions asked satisfaction guarantee. We don't charge a restocking fee like many companies and while return shipping is the responsibility of the customer we even refund any ground shipping you may have paid when you placed the order. In the unlikely event of a damaged or defective item we even pay the shipping to have the item returned and replaced.
So to celebrate being in the Small Business category we encourge you to "Shop Small" today November 24, 2012 as part of the Small Business Saturday event sponsored by American Express. During our Small Business Saturday Sale we are offering 10% off our everyday sale prices and even have a few extra special items that you will save from $10 to $25. We'd love to be able to offer 75% off our prices like the "Big Box" stores but the truth is we don't mark our product up enough to be able to mark them down that much. That means everyday you are getting the best prices we can offer and still make a fair profit and stay in business.
So today and everyday remember to "Shop Small" and keep the American economy growing.
Thanks for visiting and shopping with Excalibur Brothers.
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Excalibur Brothers is running 10% off all in stock items from now through Monday November 26. Plus we have 4 very special items that you can save even more on.
I would like to make a list of things I am thankful for. While I don't have the room or the time to list everything for which I am thankful as there is a whole lot these are a few that I feel top the list.
I am thankful and grateful for:
My wonderful daughters Jessica, Heather and Rebecca
My 8 beautiful and handsome Grandchildren
All my friends both old and new
The visitors and customer of this website
The food that graces my table everyday
The clothes on my back and in my closet
My dependable, reliable van
A new perspective on life and gratitude
A loving and caring God
The Law of Attraction
The Earth which I inhabit
The beauty of nature
Abundance in life of all the things I need and desire
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and an abundant & blessed life.
This is the final weekend of the 9th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair runs from 9AM to 6PM this Saturday and Sunday November 17 & 18, 2012 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds come rain or shine.
You'll experience knights in shining armor, jousting, sword fighting, minstrels and belly dancers. Naturally you'll be able to feast on giant turkey legs and other delectible treats from medieval times. There will be rides and games for the kids and 11 stages of entertainment with over 75 shows daily.
Don't forget to visit the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food stands and snack booths. Check out the official commercial courtesy of YouTube and the Sarasota Medieval Fair.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume to really get the feel of the fair but if you include any bladed weapons with your costume they must be sheathed and peace-tied for safety.
Excalibur Brothers is excited to announce that you can now purchase your favorite swords and knives and take up to 6 months to pay for them. During the checkout process simply choose PayPal as your billing option and then choose the "Bill Me Later" option.
Plus from now through November 30, 2012 if your order totals more than $99 you can have no payments AND no interest for 6 months. (Credit approval is required and balance must be paid within 6 months to avoid accruing interest on the purchase)
If you are already a "Bill Me Later" customer you don't even have to apply. This is just in time for Christmas too.
Even if you are only shopping for yourself and wanted that really cool sword you thought you'd need to save money for you can order it and make payments instead of trying to save it all up ahead of time.
Now more than ever Excalibur Brothers offers you the products you want at competitive prices with fast shipping and now financing available. Thank for shopping at Excalibur Brothers.com
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported Thursday Nov 1, 2012 that a 57 year old grandmother and her 13 year old grandson were stabbed to death on Minneapolis' north side Monday October 29, 2012 by what police think was a samurai sword.
22 year old Ishmael Roberts has been charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree murder in the double homicide. Roberts was apprehended in Iowa on Monday. The sword however was not found and police believe he discarded the sword somewhere between the twin cities and where he was taken into custody in Waterloo Iowa.
Please keep in mind that this is not the fault of the samurai sword but rather the person who weilded it. Swords and knives are tools just like any other tool. A hammer can be used to build a house or to hit someone in the head. The tool has no idea how it is being used. It is the intent of the person controlling the tool that determines if it's use is good or bad.
If you are a samurai sword collector check out the vast selection of functional and replica samurai swords available here:
Friday night is Festival Pub Night from 6:00PM to 10:00 PM and admission is $8 per person but the first 50 people receive free admission. Saturday the festival gates are open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM and Sunday's hours are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM with a closing ceremony at 4:00PM.
There will be musical performances all day long, as well as Bagpipe Bands, Celtic Merchants & Eateries, Scottish Clans, Heritage & Cultural Booths, Highland Athletics & more.
Admission on the weekend is $15 for ages 16 to 64. Ages 6 - 15 are only $5 per day while children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Seniors 65 and older are only $10 per day and all adults can get a Saturday/Sunday 2 day pass for $20.00
To get a feel for the type of music you can expect check out this YouTube video of The Out of Kilters at last years event.
Happy Halloween to everyone. For those in the northeast suffering the after effects of Sandy I hope that life will return to normal for you as soon as possible. May God bless and keep you in these times of trial.
For everyone else I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween with no tricks and lots of treats.
As it's my 50th birthday today I am offering an additional 10% off all orders today. It's a great time to get your Christmas shopping done for the sword and knife enthusiast in your life.
Here's a cute little Halloween Light Show video for you to enjoy.
Excalibur Brothers has made the decision to discontinue carrying The Mountain brand t-shirts. While we believe they are the best quality printed t-shirt available on the market today sales have been consistently slow over the 2 years. Recently The Mountain also abandoned their wholesale only policy and is currently offering their complete line of t-shirts to the general public on their own e-commerce website.
While they are selling at the full MSRP and our prices were slightly less we believe that most people will buy directly from the manufacturer whenever possible as long as the prices are competitive. This and a few other factors have led us to discontinue offering the line and to clearance price what we have left in stock. All T-Shirts are now $9.97 plus shipping and a sundresses are $18.97 for what we have left in stock.
Check out our Clearance Items page to see what sizes and styles are still available.
The 13th Annual City of Farmington's Renaissance Faire is taking place this weekend in Farmington, NM at the Rocky Reach Landing in Animas Park off Browning Parkway.
Admission to this event is free and there is parking available for only $3.00.
There will be lots of food, fun and entertainment. The faire is open on Saturday from 10AM to 7Pm and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM.
Check out this YouTube video of Las Gitanas gypsy dancers from last year's event.
I could not find a weapons policy on the website so it would be best to contact the event coordinators to find out the actual policy but as always if you include swords and knives as part of your costume make sure you have them sheathed and peace tied for safety.
Excalibur Brothers is happy to announce that Musashi brand swords are now available.
Musashi swords are fully functional, sharpened, carbon steel swords at affordable prices.
Excalibur Brothers now offers the entry level line of Musashi brand samurai swords and katana. These swords are made with carbon steel blades but are competitively priced to match or beat the prices of many stainless steel replica display swords.
You'll love this line of swords. Affordable, functional and hand crafted with quality and care. If you are unsatisfied for any reason you can return the sword for a full refund within 10 days no questions asked. We even refund any ground shipping charges you may have paid when you ordered.
The days are growing shorter and the nights are getting colder. This always signals the end of renaissance faires and medieval festivals in the northern states. But there are a few weekends left to hang out and have fun. One example is the Ohio Renaissance Festival.
The faire is still running this Saturday and Sunday October 13-14, 2012 and next weekend October 20 & 21, 2012. The event is open 10:30AM to 6:00PM both days. If you buy tickets online they are only $16.99 for teens and adults a savings of $3.00 off the gate price. Children ages 5-12 are only $8.99 a savings of $1.00 off the gate price.
There will be tons of entertainment including live music, stage shows and even a full armored joust. Plus this weekend's theme is Oktoberfest so there will be plenty of beer and brats at the village pubs as well as the annual pumpkin decorating contest.
Check out this YouTube video from the jousting and sword fighting events earlier this year.
A few notes about the festival. No pets are allowed, you may not bring outside food or beverage into the village and all weapons must be tied in a sheath at all times.
Excalibur Brothers has added several new knives including some from master knife makers Gil Hibben and Kit Rae.
Throwing knife enthusiasts will be really excited as there are 9 new throwing knife sets available. We are excited to announce that Kit Rae not only has a new fantasy knife but being a throwing knife enthusiast for years he has finally ventured into the throwing knife sector with 3 new knife designs and a throwing axe.
You'll also want to check out the new 12 piece set from Master Cutlery that includes a target board to perfect your knife throwing skills.
With big game hunting season upon us it's a good time to buy or replace your hunting knife. Gil Hibben has released a limited edition Damascus steel version of the Eclipse Bowie Knife. I wonder if using it to gut a deer would increase or decrease the collectible value of this knife. There are only 1000 pieces of this design available worldwide. It's a great Christmas gift idea for the hunter and knife collector too.
Hi I'm Lawrence Piper the owner of Excalibur Brothers.
It's Halloween time, my favorite time of year. Not only because you get to dress up in costume and be someone else. Not only because there is always candy, parties and plenty of festivites. But also because it's my birthday on Halloween.
Perhaps you've seen this picture on the home page. This was me a couple of years ago. I used a normal Knight's costume found during Halloween season at one of the specialty costume stores that pop up. But I added one of the 22-9900 Medieval Knight's Helmets, a chainmail coif that has since been discontinued and a 20-9064OL Braveheart Medieval Sword.
This Halloween is even more special because this is my 50th birthday and being a true Hobbit and LOTR fan I want to give everyone who comes to my birthday party a small present in true hobbit fashion. That's right if you buy something now through Halloween October 31, 2012 you will an additional surprise item included with your order automatically. If you spend more than $199 and your order is shipped in the lower 48 states you get free ground shipping as well.
So stop on in, look around, you're sure to find something for your Halloween costume and it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas presents for the knife, sword and medieval enthusiast in your life.
The final weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival begins today Friday Sept 28, 2012 and end this Sunday September 30, 2012. The festival is open from 9AM to 7PM Rain or Shine.
There will be 16 stages of live entertainment, over 250 artisans and crafters and Live Armored Jousting. The Joust is held 3 times daily at 11AM, 1PM and 4PM.
The final weekend's theme is Shamrocks & Shenanigans where the realm will be celebrating all things Irish. Admission is only $18.95 for teens and adults and $10.50 for children ages 5-12.
Check out this YouTube video from the Jousting Event earlier this year.
The website does not list a weapons policy on their FAQS page so make sure to check with them before including them as part of your costume. There is a costume contest each morning at 9AM near the main gate and first price is free admission to the faire that day.
Admission is only $10 for teens and adults at the gate and you can save $2.00 if you order in advance online. But today is the last day advance tickets will be available. If you don't get them today you will be paying full price at the gate.
While there are many shows to chose from one of the main events of the faire is the full contact jousting that takes place every year. This year there will even be two contestents from the History Channel show "Full Metal Jousting" as well as the host of the show Shane Adams.
Last year's 2011 Faire was even featured on a PBS program. Check it out.
If you plan to bring weapons such as swords, knives and axes they must be sheathed and peace tied for safety. If you are caught removing the weapons you will be asked to leave. Bows are also allow but you may not bring real arrows and under no circumstances are real firearms allowed.
If you need a weapon for your costume make sure to check out the swords, knives and battle axes categories of our site.
Excalibur Brothers is pleased to announce that they are adding the Alchemy Empire & Metalware collections to their selection of medieval and Gothic items from Alchemy of England. Known for unique and innovative alternative lifestyle designs Alchemy items are made from fine English pewter with cutting edge designs from some of the UK's finest alternative lifestyle artists.
Steampunk Fans may already be familiar with some of their existing line. The new release promise to be just as fasinating and intricate. We have added several items to the website both in the appropriate categories and the New Arrivals page. Keep a close watch over the next several days as we have approximately 200 new products to add.
The Miasmatic Reactor Core Cufflinks are just one of our latest additions that is sure to excite Steampunk fans. With Halloween and the other holidays just around the corner you can display your uniqueness even in the most festive and formal of settings.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is in full swing once again boasting a 36 year run. The festival which began September 1st, 2012 is open Saturdays & Sundays through October 14 plus Columbus Day Friday October 12.
Every weekend has a special theme and this weekend is the 6th annual Pet Festival featuring Page the Elephant. There will be a dog show, pet costume contest as well as pet vendors and rescue groups. Other events include a Men in Tights competition, Master/Pet Look-alike contest and a Hot "Dog" eating contest.
Teen & Adult tickets can be purchased at the gate for $19.95 and children 5-12 are only $10.95. If you purchase tickets online in advance they are $16.95 & $9.45 respectively. Students & Seniors are only $17.50 regardless of when purchased.
Also this weekend if you bring 5 cans of food for the Harvester's Food Network and receive $5.00 off admission at the gate.
Check out this YouTube video of this years Jousting Event.
According to website swords, knives & weapons are strictly prohibited from being part of your costume so make sure you come unarmed.
These swords almost always go as quickly as we can get them. Most likely they will be gone by the end of September but they may even go faster. If you've been waiting for these top quality hand crafted Japanese Katana now is the time to order.
We only get 3 to 4 shipments per year and they always sell out quick. This is one item that demands always exceeds supply.
Excalibur Brothers also offers a wide variety of other brand name funtional and display swords to fit the budget of almost any sword and knife collector.
The New York Renaissance Faire is celebrating it's 35th anniversary this year. The faire operates every Saturday and Sunday from August 4th until September 23, 2012 from 10AM to 7PM rain or shine.
You'll enjoy a variety of entertainment from musical groups & acrobats to magicians and pirates. Admission at the gate is $22 for teens and adults and $11 for children ages 5-12. Adults can save $2 and children $1 per day if you purchase your tickets online at the ren faire's website.
This Saturday September 8th is even more special as it is the 3rd Annual ASL Day. The faire will have American Sign Language interpreters available at 6 different stages to translate the happenings to those with hearing problems.
You can even make plans to get married at the ren faire. Check out this YouTube video of one of the 2011 wedding ceremonies.
Don't forget if you use swords and knives as part of your Ren Faire costume make sure they are peace tied for safety. If you need a sword to give your costume that authentic finishing touch be sure to check out Excalibur Brother's medieval sword replicas here: http://www.excaliburbrothers.com/swords/medieval-swords
Excalibur Brothers is honoring all the hard work and effort that goes into producing the various Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals by declaring August as Ren Faire Month.
To celebrate the event and to honor all the hard workers and dedicated visitors Excalibur Brothers is offering 10% off all orders (excluding shipping charges) the entire month of August, 2012.
For those in the western part of the United States the San Jose Renaissance Faire is this weekend August 4th & 5th, 2012. Hours are 10AM to 6PM Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. Admission is just $18 for adults, $13 for teens 13-17 and those 62 years of age and over. Children ages 6 to 12 are only $8 and children under 6 years of age are free.
Check out this YouTube video promoting this year's event:
Excalibur Brothers has just expanded it selection of Alchemy of England products. In addition to the pendants, goblets, chalices and home decor items that Excalibur Brothers has been offering for the last several years they are now offering the complete line of Alchemy of England products.
Medieval rings, belt buckles, bracelets, hand bags, wallets, hair accessories and more are now available in the Apparel & Decor section of the website.
We are very disappointed to hear of the demise of such a young event and hope this is not a continuing trend. We love the various renaissance festivals and medieval faires around the country and look forward to exploring them further as time goes on.
We wanted to bring this to your attention in case you had plans to attend and had not heard of the events demise.
Unfortunately the Grand Canyon Renaissance Faire in Williams Arizona that was scheduled for Jun 29 - July 3, 2012 has been rescheduled until next year 2013. Actual dates have not been announced.
If you had plans to attend the event the event coordinators sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. While they were looking forward to a wonderful event this year certain circumstances would have compromised the quality of the event and the decision was made to postpone for a year.
Do you live in Northern California?
Is your Dad a medieval entusiast?
Looking for the perfect last minute Father's Day gift?
Check out the Northern California Pirate Festival at the Vallejo Waterfront in Vallejo California.
The 6th annual event is taking place this Father's Day weekend June 16th & 17th, 2012 and best of all it's FREE admission. That's a rare occurence in the world of pirate, medieval and renaissance festivals.
Check out this YouTube video from last years event.
The website doesn't state a weapons policy so make sure to check with the event coordinators before including any pirate swords or knives as part of your costume.
The 36th Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival begins this weekend June 9, 2012 and runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6:30PM, rain or shine, until July 29, 2012.
Adult admission is $18.95 at the gate and Children 5-12 are only $8.00 (Children under 5 are free). You can also order online and save $3.00 and $1.00 respectively on adult and childrens tickets. The only drawback is the tickets are mailed rather than downloadable.
Check out this YouTube video of the Jousting Tournament taken during the 2011 event.
Don't forget to check out our medieval swords section for a full selection of replica and tournament ready swords.
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day this 4th of July. Hope you have a safe and fun filled day.
Excalibur Brother's is running an Independence Day sale on their swords and knives. Get 15% off all orders over $50.
Here's a quick little YouTube video of the finale of the Fireworks Show last night in Jenks Sooner, OK. Looking forward to our local ones tonight.