me. Put simply, I love swords. I always have. As far back as I
can remember I was fascinated with weapons in general and swords
in particular. As a child I would draw pictures of every weapon
I could think of, organize medieval style battles with the neighborhood
kids and watch every movie I could find with a sword in it. I
never expected to sell swords for a living, in fact I did not
know that was even a possibility. But as fate would have it, here
When I was
younger there were not many good swords on the market. The production
sword market consisted of very expensive decorator swords, usually
in outlandish fantasy designs or really low end flea market swords,
also in outlandish fantasy designs. Short of very expensive custom
pieces, those were pretty much the options. Eventually things
started looking up and by the 90's there were some pretty decent
things available without having to spend a ton. So I finally found
myself able to start buying these swords I had always wanted.
However, it did not take long for me to become discouraged with
the service and selection offered by the existing sellers. By
the late 90's I was working as a webdesigner and collecting what
swords I could at the time. Somehow I came across a wholesale
catalog for cheap decorative swords and thought "some of
these are pretty cool, maybe I should make a website and try to
sell them". I figured I could certainly offer better service
than I was finding elsewhere. So I did, and in 2000 KOA was born,
debuting with something like a whopping 20 or so items. Fast forward
to now and things have obviously expanded greatly. Now we focus
on functional "battle ready" weapons and have literally
thousands of items in stock. The availability of high quality
- lower priced swords is now better than ever and more options
are coming out all the time.
years I've learned a lot about the sword market and the goal of
this blog is to disseminate some of those findings. While there
is a lot of good information available on the net, I still see
a lot of bad information, rumors and half truths. Sometimes it
is people passing on hearsay as personal experience, sometimes
it is a supposedly independent source showing obvious biases.
With this blog I'll be providing a different perspective on some
of these issues, based on my personal experience in the business.
I don't claim
to be an expert on history, although it is one of my passions
and I do study it regularly. I also don't claim to be an expert
swordsman, though I do cut tests and some sport fighting as I
have time. What I can say is that I am expert in reproduction
swords. Because we stock, warehouse, inspect and ship these products
ourselves, we have more physical access to more swords, across
more price points and more brands than any other place in the
world. I have literally handled hundreds of thousands of swords.
I've personally sharpened several thousand of them. If I talk
about a particular model, I'm usually basing my opinion, not just
on one, but dozens of examples of that model. This puts me in
a somewhat unique position, not only is my hobby swords, but my
day job is swords as well. Nearly every moment of my waking life
is surrounded by swords, and has been for the past 16 years. Anyone
can get a sword and offer their opinion on it, what I can do differently
is compare that sword in context with nearly any other production
sword. Be it others of the same item or different items at higher
or lower price points. This is an important distinction. A sword
does not exist in a vacuum. It's perceived quality is not only
subjective, but comparative with others at the same and different
price points. To accurately judge one, you need to have knowledge
of others to compare and contrast it with.
else to know about me is that I'm brutally honest. I believe in
honor and integrity and don't like gimmicks. I don't believe in
hyping up products. I believe that products will sell themselves
when portrayed honestly and that customers are smart enough to
make their own purchase decisions, when given all of the info.
Sure I'd like it if customers purchased items from us, but I'm
not motivated by the bottom line. I've talked many customers out
of buying expensive swords when a lower cost one would be more
suited to their needs. This is a difficult concept for some people
to understand. Many people assume that everyone is out to screw
them, which in many cases is true. But, that is not the case here.
Unlike dropship dealers, profit does not just go to line my pockets.
Our profit goes to expand our offerings and provide you more options.
Of course I make a living, I would not be doing this if I could
not afford to eat, but the vast majority of profit just goes back
to make the business better. Which is why we offer more sword
options than anyone else and continue to add new products nearly
point is that I do not have a problem being honest about both
the good and bad aspects of any given sword. I don't feel the
need to convince people to buy a specific brand or spend a certain
amount. If for no other reason, than because we offer nearly every
other option as well. If brand A does not meet your requirement,
we still offer brands B through F. Compare that with places that
only offer brand A & B, what do you think they will tell you
is the "best".
probably enough of an introduction, I could probably ramble on
forever, but we'll save that for another post. With this blog
I'll be giving you my opinions and perspectives on many sword
related topics. You may or may not agree with my findings, but
now you at least know what I'm basing those findings on and a
bit more about me in general. There will also be guest posts and
articles from other knowledgeable persons of interest. I hope
you will find the information useful.
Kult Of Athena