This Friday July 4, 2014 we celebrate the 238th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. Although it took several more years to win the Revolutionary War and have our independence recognized by the English government we celebrate the day the document was signed and passed by the Continental Congress.
Our union was originally formed under the Articles of Confederation which formed a weak federal governement and gave most rights to the states. However this lead to many disputes between the statesm that simply could not be solved by the federal governement given it limited powers.
It wasn't until 1787 that the Constitutional Convention met and a new governing document was written, debated and finally passed creating a much stronger federal government that could negotiate disputes between the states. Many of our representatives felt this document gave too much power to the federal governement and could lead to a similar form of government they had fled in Europe. To this end 10 amendments were added to the Consititution which later became known as "The Bill of Rights" protecting the people and the states from a federal government with too much power.
While many today consider the 2nd Amendment (The right to keep and bear arms in a well formed militia) as applying to firearms it applies to any and all weapons of defense including battle axes, swords and knives.
To honor the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights Excalibur Brothers is having an Independence Day Sale and you can save 15% on all items ordered.from now through Midnight July 4, 2014 Eastern Daylight Time.
Celebrate your right to keep and bear arms and save some $$ too.
Excalibur Brothers has recently received a new shipment of Thaitsuki Nihonto swords. These highly sought after swords are often available only on a pre-order basis as usually the number of swords received are not enough to fill existing backorders and often times can take 3-6 months to receive from the time of order.
These swords are fully functional and forged in the Yamato Nihonto tradition making it a durable, flexible and extremely sharp blade. While these are a high end swords they make an excellent addition to any sword enthusiasts collection.
Make sure to order yours today while supplies last as it may a while before we have an excess supply like this again.
While deemed to be fictional creatures of the dark, certain cultures do suggest that these blood suckers do indeed exist. Over the ages, many instances of vampiric entities have been seen and recorded. The areas from where the frequent legends came from belong to the Balkans and the Eastern Europe. While even folklores have suggested a wide range of appearances of the blood sucking creatures, it has been Bram Stoker’s novel in 1897 that came by the name of Dracula, the king of Vampires that proves the basis for modern vampire characters.
Whatever it is, when there is a villain, there must be a hero to save society, and when we are talking of evil blood sucking creatures of the night, there is something more that the hero needs to be equipped with other than the courage to fight back.
All of us are aware of the fact that you cannot simply kill a vamp with bullets or other ordinary weapons. It is only crucifixes and holy swords and knives that can pierce their hearts and sent them to permanent extinction. Since they are faster and stronger than humans and equipped with sharper senses, identifying a vampire is only the first step. Knowledge of how to use specific weapons and fighting skills will be needed to finish the job. Here are the weapons that no vampire hunter will miss in his/her kit.
Ultraviolet Movie Sword Replica - Violet's Sword
Ultraviolet had vowed with her life to send the vampires to extinction. Vampires can and will recover fast but Violet’s machete/samurai sword will bring them down long enough for you to proceed with a swift decapitation. However, there isn’t a chance that an ordinary human being will be capable to piercing the dark heart of a blood sucker. It is the courage and skills of Violet that will be the real challenge.
Balkan Revenant's Cross
Hollywood has suggested time and often that Crucifixes have been enough to repel and defeat vampires and for that matter a pair of hunting knives held in the shape of a cross is enough for the attack. However, it isn’t necessarily so! Balkan Revenant’s Cross is a Greek orthodox cross that even the mightiest of vampires will shrink in fear from.
The Night Stalker Fantasy Knife
To match the vampire’s superior speed, you need to be agile like a vampire. There are rarely weapons like the Night Stalker Fantasy Knife that contribute to the cause. The grip ensures that the weapon becomes a part of your body while the wind blades and metal claws will be feared by the suckers. Light and strong, these blades will pierce immortality.
Dracula's Castle Dagger
Dracula’s own Castle Dagger is one of the few weapons that can actually hurt a vampire. The bat wings make it fly through the air using the vampires’ own powers against them.
Lovers of swords and knives have been engaged in a battle that seems to reach back as far as our interest in all things that bash, slice, and dice.
Which one is more effective: the terrifying sharpness and formidable strength of the Samurai swords, or the blunt force of the European longsword?
First let’s take a look at both.
The Samurai sword or the Katana is said to be strong enough to slice a body in two, but precise enough to cut a human hair. The curved blade is made to be used with swift movements to leave your opponent filleted before he even knows what hit him.
The process of forging an authentic Katana takes months to complete. A block of steel is pounded flat and then folded and pounded flat again. This process helps remove impurities from the steel creating a stronger more flexible blade. Folding a blade just 10 times creates 1024 layers. An additional 4 folds brings the total layers to over 16,000. This process creates a distinct pattern in the sword.
The blade is then quenched in water to temper the steel. Many Japanese swordsmiths coated the blade in clay using different thicknesses for the back and the cutting edge before quenching the blade. The different thicknesses caused the blade to cool at different rates creating a harder edge and more flexible back. This method is known as the Japanese Claying Method.
From there the blade is meticulously crafted with a curved edge to allow the sword to be pulled from the scabbard and then slash or cut an opponent all in one motion.
Last an expert sword polisher gets his hands on the blade and finishes the last stage. His efforts make the blade scalpel sharp using polishing stones.
The end result is a swift Samurai sword that can cut through flesh and bone like warm butter.
Known as a Knight’s trusty sidekick, there is something hopelessly gallant and romantic about the cold steel of a European Longsword.
Built to be used with force by a heavy hand, this sword is great for cutting and crunching some ribs. Made to be used with two hands in melee, every inch is designed for hand to hand combat.
Both swords were used by the aristocracy, and both have captivated us for centuries.
A well choreographed sword fight scene doesn't just stay on the screen, it explodes across your face drenching you in testosterone-filled awesomeness. Here are 5 of the most memorable sword fight scenes ever committed to film.
1. The Battle of Stirling - Braveheart (1995) Never has a movie scene displayed the brutal reality of a sword fight. Limbs fly, eyes are gouged, and throats are slit. Instead of being treated to a highly polished scene you are left with what resembles a blood spattered football brawl that would leave you screaming "Retreat!" if you were on the receiving end. Even the horses aren't safe from the vengeful blade of William Wallace.
2. King Leonidas and 300 vs the Persians - 300 (2007) King Leonidas is the reigning badass leader that was ever committed to film. This dude took out a vicious wolf in a snow storm with nothing more than a pointed stick, so just imagine the damage he does with his Sword of Sparta. After lobbing his spear at an invading Persian to connect a perfect hit he proceeds to slash, rip, and generally open a can of whoop ass all over the horde. The movie has no choice but to slow things down as the Persians are backed off a cliff due to unbelievable awesomeness.
3. Gladiators vs "Barbarian Horde"- Gladiator (2000) Armed with nothing but spears and simple shields, exiled General Maximus faces a seemingly unwinnable enemy. The Barbarian Horde is equipped with chariots and bows and arrows while our hero is left with his wits and leadership skills. After getting his hands on a proper Roman Blade a few smart moves end with overturned chariots and Maximus commanding his troops from atop a steed. This victory is a turning point that leads to a shakeup of the Roman empire. What could be more boss than that?
4. Yu Shu Lien vs Jen Yu - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
These ladies have to make an appearance as they mix it up and hold nothing back. The skill of Yu Shu is no match for the supreme design of the ancient Green Destiny Ninja Sword. Watch as it slices through swords, spears, and a metal bat during this no holds barred cat fight that can only come at the end of a friendship and the beginning of every male fantasy.
5. Neo vs The Merovingians Minions - The Matrix Reloaded (2003) The Matrix will always be known for its innovations in filming fight scenes and bullet-time. However, this fight scene is a force to be reckoned with. Fighting off programs armed with maces, daggers, and tridents, Neo uses his telekinesis and mad skills to serve these programs on a platter. Greco-Roman statues aren't safe from his wrath as the scenery literally crumbles under his destructive powers. Whether he is dishing it up with a serrated sword, ninja sais, or a club; one thought runs through your head: "Shouldn't have f-ed with him!"
It's time once again to honor that special man in your life, your father.
Isn't time you went past the bottle of cologne, silk tie or money clip. When you're looking for a special gift for "the man who has everything" look no further. Every man loves a good knife.
Knives are essential in many everyday uses, from opening boxes and cutting twine, to being used in the field while hunting. Knives are also used in emergency situations by EMT's to break glass and cut seat belts not to mention in survival situations while back country camping or hiking.
Get the most special man in your life something special he can really use and cherish.
Right now are offering an additional 10% off your order until Father's Day Sunday June 16, 2003. The only exclusions are our 3 weekly specials that run from Friday to Thursday each week.
Happy Father's Day (and don't forget the new graduate.)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.