Kill Bill: Swords For Everyone

Few movies capture the violent beauty of a good martial arts film like Kill Bill does. Much less with a bunch of fierce female assassins. Kill Bill was released in two parts, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. It’s a mad thrill ride by Quentin Tarantino, where we follow Beatrix Kiddo (aka The Bride, aka Black Mamba) as she seeks revenge on the group of fellow assassins who tried to kill her and her unborn child. We watch as she slices through dozens of people with her trusty Hattori Hanzo sword, which the man forged especially for her. Especially so she could seek revenge on the infamous Bill.

She makes a list of all the people responsible for her tragedy. One by one she finds them, and kills them. With stellar performances from not only Uma Thurman, but Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah and David Carradine himself, this film was an instant classic. Tarantino drew inspiration from action films he loved as a child, referencing such classics as Game of Death, the 1978 Bruce Lee movie, Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), Lady Snowblood (1973), and Fists of Fury, another Bruce Lee classic of 1972. For a really cool montage go here. All those movies are awesome and worth watching on their own.

Quentin Tarantino created a masterpiece, seamlessly blending together several genres and decades of cinema into one cohesive and undeniably engaging piece. The weapons created for the film were unforgettable, and you can have your very own collection. Now you can be ready in case the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad ever comes looking for you. Here are just a few:

Kill Bill Bride Sword Full Tang Battle Ready

The true star of the the entire film, this sword was at the very least Uma Thurman’s costar. Without it the movie wouldn’t have been the same, and now you can have your very own battle ready Hattori Hanzo sword. It is 40” long, with a lacquered hardwood scabbard and a table stand, for easy display.

Kill Bill 2 – O-ren Ishii Samurai Katana

In the most memorable fight sequence of the decade, Uma Thurman sliced through Oren Ishii’s gang, the Crazy 88, just to have a chance at hand to hand combat with Oren Ishii herself. Now you can own her iconic sword. This unique piece is beautiful, and deadly.

Musashi Kill Bill Budd’s Sword 38 3/4″

The man who buried Black Mamba alive owned one of the last Hattori Hanzo swords ever crafted. Now you can have this exact replica, complete with the engraving Bill left. It states, “To My Brother Budd, The Only Man I Ever Loved -Bill” It comes extra sharp and is over 38” in length.

Kill Bill – Handmade Bills Sword

This is a hand forged replica blade is crafted from the finest quality 1045 carbon steel and measures 41” overall. Fashioned after the movie original, this sword comes with its own black cotton sword bag and black lacquer sword stand so you can display it proudly, the way Bill would.

 

 

 

The Last Samurai: Swords Beyond Time

The first thing I picture when talking about The Last Samurai is the final scene, the cherry blossoms shaking in the wind as the film comes to its heartbreaking conclusion. I won’t tell you, in case you’ve never seen it. There’s nothing I despise more than a spoiler, and I’m no spoilsport, so you’ll have to watch it to find out what I mean.

If you did see it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. This film is ranked as one of the top 10 samurai films ever made by japancinema.net. Not an easy feat by an American film. In fact, it’s the only American made film on the list.

The story follows Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a tortured Civil War veteran hired by the Emperor of Japan to train peasants in modern warfare. By that I mean, like… guns. As in, out with the old, which poses a problem for the Samurai, who are super attached to their traditions (understandably so), yet wish to remain loyal to the Empire. Conflict? You got it.

The story really gets going when Algren is nursed back to health by the Samurai leader Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) after a skirmish between the Samurai and Algren’s ill-trained soldiers. Extremely well written, the direction and acting on the parts of Cruise and Watanabe are superb. The depiction of common Japanese life in the 1870s is not only accurate, but beautifully portrayed. The fight scenes are simply shot, allowing the viewer to really experience the battles as if they were a spectator.

What else can I say? The movie is really really good. And it so makes me want to go to the backyard and practice with my katanas. After you watch it, you will too. Here are a few possibilities for your collection:

Demigod Katana

This sword is a gorgeous representation of the weapons used by the Samurai. It is 42” long with a 30” blade. It features a hand forged blade, made of high quality carbon steel. The saya is a black lacquered wood, beautiful! It comes with a cleaning kit, and a sword bag, so you can keep it in pristine condition.

Dragon Katana

This is another beautiful example of a sword a Samurai might carry. It is simple in its beauty, but truly packs a punch. The saya has a beautiful dragon detail, perfect for display. It is 39”, with a 27” stainless steel blade, and a cord-wrapped handle for easy gripping.

Masahiro Black Cherry Blossom Katana

Honor Katsumoto’s legacy with this assemble-yourself piece. If you want to really get the full katana experience, assembling the sword yourself connects you to the weapon in a way no pre-assembled item can. It has gorgeous cherry blossoms engraved in the guard. It has a 28 inch high carbon steel blade. It is handmade and extremely sharp, so be careful! It can slice through wire without damaging the blade!

We have dozens of awesome Samurai swords in stock. Check ‘em out right now!

 

Wanna Be a Samurai?

Anyone who’s ever seen a samurai film spends the rest of the night lying in bed, wishing for their very own samurai sword. We’ve all had dreams where we’re limber ninjas, jumping from roof to roof, sliding undetected behind an unsuspecting target. I mean, that’s the dream, isn’t it? A life of danger and excitement? Then we wake up and simply wobble to the bathroom to start our day.

We sit in our cubicle or desk, daydreaming about slicing through Oren Ishii’s gang, The Crazy 88, like Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s incredible film Kill Bill. We think back to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and wonder if maybe we trained really hard, perhaps we could hop on bamboo stalks like they did. We imagine decapitating hordes of zombies with our katanas, like that lady on The Walking Dead. No? Just me? Oh…

Let’s face it, every good action film has a samurai sword in there somewhere. They are used as sophisticated and stylish weapons against everything from vampires, to zombies, to enemies against whom we seek revenge. Pretty much any evil, undead, corrupt, oppressive, bad thing out there. And with good reason! They’re awesome.

What if I said there’s a place where you can get the katana of your dreams? A place where they not only sell beautiful display pieces, but battle-ready, handmade amazingness that will surely come in handy when the zombies finally attack. This place exists, and you’re reading its blog right now.

Heavenly Swords has dozens of gorgeous swords for anyone looking to start, or expand their collection. With new products coming in every day, you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dragon Guardian Samurai Sword w/ White Ito 

The intricate dragon detail on the handle is what got my attention. This beauty is 41” long, with a battle ready blade made form 1045 carbon steel. Those zombies are going down!

Gold Jintachi Japanese Samurai Swords

This one is perfect for someone just starting a collection. It’s not only a stunning showpiece, but it comes equipped with a 26” stainless steel blade. The scabbard, or saya, has a gold plated finish, and the handle features a gorgeous antiqued detail.

Gold Spiral Dragon Katana

What put this sword over the top for me are the 7” stiletto and the 7 ½” knife that fit neatly into the scabbard. So you have extra protection if you need to fight off multiple undead at once. The red snakeskin-style handle matches the red scabbard… just so pretty.

Musha Hand Hond Razor Sharp Samurai Sword Set with Stand

For those of us who do not play games. This is a hand forged, razor sharp sword set. Each blade is made of 1045 carbon steel glimmering in the sunlight, my friend. The hard, deep blue scabbard has a lacquered high gloss finish, and the stand compliments it beautifully. Display these in a prominent place, and know you’ll always have some deadly weapons ready if you ever need to defend yourself against The Crazy 88.

 

 

 

Movies With Swords: Seven Swords

In my opinion, the best martial arts film of the past decade, Seven Swords kicked off the 2005 Venice Film Festival with a bang, or a swoosh, if you want to get specific. Get it? ’cuz of the swords? Moving on. It was directed and produced by Tsui Hark, best know for awesome movies like Once Upon a Time in China, along with other Jet Li films like 2011’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (haven’t seen it, don’t tell me what happens!).

All these films fit into the wuxia genre, which roughly translates to “martial hero”. The plot usually follows a humble fighter who strives to right wrongs and fight those who would oppress the “common man”. Bad guys are normally people of some authority, whether military or aristocratic.

The wuxia hero follows a strict code of ethics, and feels compelled to defend those who cannot defend themselves. They may seek revenge on those who betrayed them personally, or their deeply held beliefs. In this sense, the wuxia hero appeals to the good in all of us, hoping we too could be able to stand up for the things we hold dear.

The story goes like this. In the 1600s, the Manchus take over China and establish the Qing Dynasty. The jianghu aren’t happy about this to begin with, but when the new government bans the practice of martial arts for all common people, the shizz hit’s the fan. The main villain is a warlord called Fire-Wind. He uses the new law to make money killing every martial artist he can find. Not to mention, any other human that stands in his way.

Fu Qingzhu, a retired warrior for the previous government sees all of this happening and feels he has to do something. He rallies together a group of fighters and forges a special sword for each of them. Hence the name, Seven Swords. The rest is a flurry of awesome fight sequences, there’s a love interest in there of course, but you’ll have to watch the film to fully appreciate everything I’ve told you.

Unexpected bit of trivia: The seven heroes’ swords were designed by the director, Tsui Hark himself. Watching this movie can make anyone obsessed with martial arts weapons. Here are just a few of the long, long list of swords and other samurai stuff Heavenly Swords has in stock. Start your collection today!

Long Handle Traditional Katana

Over 45” long, with a 29” stainless steel blade, this baby is crazy pretty. The golden dragon detail and the lacquered wood scabbard make this a real show piece. Careful, it’s sharp!

Bushido Musashi – Zetsurin Sword w/ Knife Full Tang – Black Saya 40″

This is another impressive piece. 27” razor sharp carbon steel blade, and it comes with a hidden throwing knife! All hand made with a wooden scabbard, and it comes with a free black cotton sword bag.

Check out our website to see everything we have. We have a sword for every budget, and every taste. You won’t be disappointed!

 

What Time Is It? Adventure Time!

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My favorite show of all time is an animated, 11 minute series called Adventure Time. It’s about two brothers, a human boy named Finn and a magic dog named Jake. Jake’s parents adopted Finn after finding him crying in the woods as a baby. Anyway, they go on adventures together. Adventures full of danger and dragons and wizards and Finn’s favorite, dungeons!

As I was watching this week’s episode, I thought to myself, “What kind of weapons would Finn and Jake use if they were in a real dungeon?” Assuming there would be dragons and monsters in it, of course. After looking through Heavenly Sword’s selection, I came up with a few items that would make Finn shout, “Mathematical!”

Classic Japanese Black Samurai Katana Three piece Sword Set and Stand

Anyone who watches the series knows that Finn and Jake are obsessed with ninja stuff. They would go banay-nays for this three piece sword set. The end cap of the scabbard is a demon with its wings spread and a flower above it. I could totally see Jake giving this to Finn for his birthday.

Fantasy Dagger Set

Is it just me, or does this dagger set look a lot like Finn’s golden sword? This would be perfect to fight off some skeleton warriors! The handle features an antique bronze and silver finish, and it comes with a black belt sheath for easy access.

Wooden Viking Shield Buckler 29″

This functional shield would be great to deflect The Ice King’s ice lightning. It’s a good size and super sturdy. It is made of hardwood with steel decorative strips and rim. Its back is covered in felt, for comfort. It also has arm straps for easy handling.

Pair of Medieval Gauntlet with Brass Accents

Finn loves finding the occasional gauntlet in a dungeon, but if he had this pair of medieval gauntlet he would never have to go without. The brass accents make them unique, and the leather lining makes them easy to wear. No problem handling your sword in these guys!

Medieval Suit Of Armor Breast Plate and Shoulders

No hero goes into battle without a little armor. This 18 gauge carbon steel breast plate also protects your back and your shoulders. It has adjustable straps, so it will fit a variety of sizes. Finn would be well protected in this powerful piece.

Scottish Dirk by Cold Steel

Every warrior needs a cool sword. Finn has many swords in his arsenal, but this Highland Short Sword is not only beautiful, but functional too! It has a 13” blade and comes fully sharpened, so it’s totally ready for battle. The attractive leather scabbard and Rosewood handle complete this gorgeous piece of equipment.

Whether saving princesses from evil kings, or making their way through a creepy labyrinth, Finn and Jake would be ready for anything with these weapons in tow. The Lich wouldn’t stand a chance! Now you can be ready too, in case you ever need to make your way out of a dungeon.