The type of steel used in creating a blade is important to all of us. Your decision to buy a sword is based on both personal preference and planned usage – whether display, martial arts, or performance cutting. Although the type of steel is only a portion of what makes a blade more suitable for one activity over another, and we know that quality of the temper is often just as important, we believe all customers should know exactly what their blade is made of.
In the spring of 2021, we began a testing program at an independent industrial lab of items in our inventory. We discovered that some blades did not match the steel that was represented to us by manufacturers. More on that here. Whether an oversight or a deliberate falsehood, we do not believe that is ok – we use our supplier’s information in our specifications on the website, and misrepresentation to us leads to lack of confidence from you.
As a result, we are instituting a new program that we believe will increase transparency and build trust in our industry. Although we will manage the program, we invite all retailers to share this information on their site. Retailers can download logos for participating manufacturers and brands here.
As of October, 2021, we have asked manufacturers and brands to voluntarily participate in our certified steel program. This program gives manufacturers and brands the opportunity to provide valid evidence or a signed statement that the steel compositions provided by the manufacturer are accurately represented.
To gain certification, each manufacturer would need to provide, on an annual basis, a signed statement that the specifications represented by the manufacturer of all their products are accurate.
Additionally, manufacturers that would like to have platinum certification could provide:
– A certificate of testing from an independent laboratory that provides the proportions of the elements that have been forged for at least one specific purchase order, submitted annually.
– A certificate or document from their steel supplier that certifies the steel used in the manufacturing of the blades in a specific purchase order.
A copy of the certification submission form can be viewed and downloaded here.