The Matrix: A Sci Fi Revolution

After learning a little bit of American history yesterday, today we’re gonna talk about yet another Sci Fi movie that forever changed the way movies are made: The Matrix! Free your mind.

This movie came out in 1999, when we were all a little worried about Y2K… remember that? The fear that all computers would crap out on us at the turn of the century? Silly times… But anyway, this movie was unlike anything we’d ever seen on screen. Not only was the story revolutionary, but the methods used for filming it were replicated in pretty much every action film that followed. To this day, that bullet dodging sequence, and that 360 spin around a character are used in everything from action films, to comedies… We all know what it is, and it’s become an overused and predictable device to depict a suspenseful moment. Back in 1999 though, it had never-ever been done, and it left us all open-mouthed and drooling at the theater.

The story is complicated but eerily plausible. We follow Neo, a reclusive computer hacker as he comes to realize that the world as he knows it — is an illusion, and robots have taken over the planet and now use humans as their fuel… Whaaat?! Kinda hits home, doesn’t it… ‘cuz aren’t we all just a little worried about robots acquiring consciousness and taking over the world? It’s as ubiquitous as the fear of a zombie apocalypse, but we can talk about that another day.

So anyway, the robots have created this imaginary world, known as The Matrix, and have connected all the human brains to it, kind of like a neverending dream. As the humans dream, they are comatose in individual vessels of pink goo, where they are fed intravenously through tubes connected to their body. Creepy as hell.

The movie moves well, it keeps you engaged and wowing away for its duration. And even 14 years later, the special effects stand up to any movie made today. It’s truly a masterpiece, and if you haven’t seen it yet: first of all, What the hell is wrong with you? and second of all… go NOW.

Also, the sequels kinda aren’t as good as the first… but I would advise to watch them anyway. Follow it through to the end, my friend… even if it has one of the most frustrating, hair-pulling endings of any franchise in history, you should still see it… or maybe not… I don’t know, you choose. I can’t tell you what to do.

The weapons used in this movie are EPIC. From all the kung fu awesomeness, to the crazy guns I can’t describe ‘cuz I know nothing about assault weapons. However, Heavenly Swords can help you out with various blades I think would’ve fit right in with rest in this film. Especially in the second one, there’s some pretty badass katanas going on… so I’ve picked out some weapons I think Neo and Trinity would’ve loved. They would definitely come in handy when fighting Agent Smith.

Emperor Kang-Si Sword

This majestic sword is 31” overall, with a 440 stainless steel blade measuring 20”. Thick and substantial, it makes a daring display, and Neo would love it!

Reaper Curved Battle Blade

Measuring 19″ overall, this sword has a stainless steel, double-edged blade with a silver finish. Impressive and beautiful! It comes with a sheath.

Bangkok Battle Set

Oh my! Any warrior carrying these weapons on his back will look amazing. These twin blades come super sharp, and the nylon sheath helps you carry them on your back, for a unique and effective way to carry your weapons.

Extreme Curve Custom Handmade Katana w/ Red Pendant

This guy is handmade and amazing. It comes with a super sharp 1045 high carbon steel blade. It has a dramatic curve, and is completely functional and battle ready.



The Tomahawk: A True American Weapon

Anyone looking to honor America’s rich history should look into owning at least one Tomahawk. They are one of few weapons that originated in this continent, merging both Native American and European technology. They combined the metal head of a European axe with the ancient wood and antler made weapons used by Native Americans. European colonists would trade the metal heads for food and provisions. And thus, the modern Tomahawk was born. According to Wikipedia, the name comes from Powhatan tamahaac, derived from the Proto-Algonquian root *temah- ‘to cut off by tool’.

Tomahawks are part of our ancestor’s history, and are revered to this day, as beautiful weapons for display, and for sport. And the tradition is still alive and kicking today, as there are hundreds of events throughout the country every year that feature Tomahawk throwing competitions. These are often part of a historical reenactment, where people dress, speak and act as if they were back in colonial times.

What I found most interesting while researching this uniquely American weapon, is that some Tomahawks are both a pipe, and a fully functional axe. Apparently they were created by Europeans to give to Native Americans as a peace offering. They were symbolic of the choice both Europeans and Native Americans faced whenever they met: one end represented peace (the pipe), the other war (the axe). To fight, or to make peace… a difficult choice that didn’t always end in a smoke.

Whether you’re into Tomahawks for the competition of it, or you just want to own a piece of history, Heavenly Swords has a wide array of both peace pipes and sporting Tomahawks. They make beautiful displays, but can also be used as throwing axes. Here are a few of my favorites:

American Tomahawk Comanche

This is the quintessential sporting Tomahawk. 16” long overall. It is made of black Teflon coated stainless steel, with full tang construction. Axe head has a cutting edge on one side and a 2 1/2″ double edge dagger blade on the other. On top of all that, it’s made in the USA.

Black Tomahawk Throwing Battle Axe

Made of stainless steel in a Midnight Black finish, this throwing axe is perfect for someone looking to get into the sport. Beautiful and deadly, you can display it, or you can train with it.

Tactical Takedown Battle Tomahawk

This is no reenactment, this axe will take you down! Made of 1045 surgical steel with a black finish, it comes super sharp and ready for battle. The head is specially designed for optimal balance and aerodynamics, for perfect aim.

Fully Functional Tomahawk Peace Pipe

Honor your ancestors with this beautiful peace pipe. It is fully functional, so it’s perfect for reenactors, and the stainless steel head features a detailed engraving. Smoke some tobacco and make peace with your neighbors with this piece of historical memorabilia.

Tomahawk Peace Pipe – with Wood Handle

This another authentic looking peace pipe complete with faux fur and leather covering on the handle. The blade is made of 440 stainless steel, and the wooden handle is also a fully functional pipe.





Everybody, Let’s Bring Back the Cane!

Ok, so a certain reality TV husband had a mild obsession with this particular accessory. He walked around New York with a cane in his brightly colored suits and frankly, he looked like a pompous idiot. But don’t let this man ruin this once manly and sophisticated addition to an ensemble. I have a feeling he was what he was before he ever bought a cane… ya reckon’?

But I digress. The cane can be a pretty awesome thing, if used appropriately. There’s a time and a place for everything, am I right? Let’s say you’re going to some super fancy affair, get a cane my friend. You’ll look amazing. Let’s say you hurt your ankle, why not use this opportunity to use a cane in style, not the ugly metal one your doctor gave you.

Bottom line, if you’re gonna use a cane for whatever reason, it might as well be a cane you can be proud of and show off to your friends. If it has a hidden sword in it, even better! It’s like carrying a secret weapon everywhere you go… who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Heavenly Swords has canes for every taste. Sword canes at that! Wear them confidently. Own the cane. Here are a few of my favorites:

Revolver Cane Sword .45

Whaaa?! This is a cane sword with the handle shaped like a revolver! How cool is that? It is 37” long and it is modeled after the .45 Army Special. The casing of the gun and handle is solid aluminum with a classic gun antique finish. The gun cylinder looks and feels authentic, and it spins on its axis like a real revolver!

Caribbean Gray Pirates Flame Acrylic Sword Cane

This sword cane looks simple and elegant from afar, but when you get up close, you can see the skull and flames detail, making it perfect for someone looking to wow a few people. It has a whopping 15” blade inside, made of stainless steel.

Cord Wrapped Wolf Engraved Hardwood Walking Stick

This 55” walking stick is perfect for an outdoorsy type. This can become your trusty walking stick when you go hiking or exploring through the woods. It has a clear gloss finish for durability, and the wolf engraving give it a beautiful detail.

Two Face Black Joker Cane Sword With Lighting Eyes

Looking to complete your Joker costume? This cane is perfect for you! The eyes light up red with LED lights. There’s a discrete switch on the handle. It is 37” overall, with a long 19” stainless steel blade inside. Perfect for cosplay, or just someone who really loves The Joker.

Sword Cane – Elegant Executive

If you’re looking for something more subdued you can take to the office, this is the cane for you. Perfect for someone who needs to use a cane on a regular basis, but doesn’t want to always carry a flashy, attention-grabbing piece. This cane features a 12” stainless steel blade, it is brown with a detailed nickel trim for a sophisticated look.


Finding Your Ultimate Dream Blade

Anyone can have a katana at their house. The Samurai three-piece sword set has become synonymous with the martial arts fan. No. I’m interested in swords you won’t find in just any old corner of the house. I’m interested in weapons that are surprising, impressive, beautiful and you know… awesome!

The kind of weapon that makes you look twice, then walk over to it and stare in amazement. The kind of weapon that makes people say, “Wow! Where did you get this?!” I’ll tell you where, Heavenly Swords.

We’re adding new inventory every day, and every day I add new items to my wish list. I will share this list with you now, so that you too can start weighing your options. If you’re gonna buy a sword, make sure it’s the ultimate, dream blade of your life. Or buy two… or three… If you’re gonna do something, go full tang!

Azan Scorpion Snow White Medieval Dagger

The blade measures 10 inches and is sharpened on one side. It is made from stainless steel with a satin finished blade and partial serrations. The middle of the blade features an intricate design of a scorpion catching a spider, which I especially like, since I’m a scorpio and I hate spiders… but that’s not the reason I like it. I like it because it is made of great quality, and its sophisticated design will suit pretty much anyone’s taste.

Deadly Dragon Claws

What. Is. This. I can’t even begin to explain to you the craziness that is this weapon. It is 15” overall, and comes with an additional throwing dagger tucked at its base. The intricate dragon design and the spiked knuckles add to the intimidation factor.

Gun Metal Dragon Handle Double Bladed Fantasy Dagger

We have a very limited number of these, so you better get going. This is a highly stylized piece for your collection. It is double bladed, and comes with a beautiful wooden stand, so you can display it in all its glory.

Sun Tzu’s Curved Ceremonial Dagger

If you’ve ever read The Art of War, you’ll know who Sun Tzu is. His writings on war strategy are still used (and often quoted) by people today. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Yeah, he wrote that. This curved, steel dagger features an authentic, old world look and a thick curved blade. It comes with an ornate sheath that bares Sun Tzu’s depiction in gold.

Golden Dragon Claw Dagger

This gorgeous piece was artfully designed by Tom Anderson. It is 14” overall, and it features an acid etched stainless steel blade, to resemble a dragon’s talon. The handle is crazy, with an intricate dragon pommel and black lacquered handle, the guard is made to resemble a dragon’s claw.

This is just a taste of what we have in store for you here at Heavenly Swords. Every week brings new possibilities, so make sure you keep checking back with us… A lot of our items are in limited supply, so if you find the weapon of your dreams, you better act fast!


Batman: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of a Beloved Superhero

This past weekend there was a back to back marathon of all the Batman movies on ABC Family. I watched them all, in chronological order, cringing and cheering depending on the moment. Is it just me, or did the films get progressively terrible as the franchise continued? It seems that the entire series plummeted downhill after the second one, Batman Returns. Batman and Robin? Come on, people… You can’t have thought that was a good movie. And Uma! I love you, girl.. but what were you thinking?? Not to mention Mr. Freeze and his plastic ice lair…

All of that, put together with a seemingly drunken Batman (George Clooney, I abhor thee), a cartoony Robin and a phoned-in performance by Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl) made for one of the worst experiences I’ve had watching a movie. How is it possible that a stellar cast could collectively do a horrible job?

Now, you know me, I love me some camp. But there’s a distinct difference between the hilariously bad, and the badly bad. The kind of bad that is so bad because the cast and crew just apparently gave up. It’s like they were coasting on the success of the previous films. They didn’t even try.

Now, enter the saving grace of a beloved superhero, 2005’s Batman Begins. This is a much more realistic, much darker interpretation, and thank God for that. Christian Bale takes us on a journey that made billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne into a crime fighting, raspy-voiced lord of the night. I adore this movie. Cillian Murphy as the scarecrow… holy sh&*! Terrifyingly awesome. Liam Neeson? Yes. That guy hasn’t seen a bad acting day in his life. Sidenote: his portrayal of a pervy ghost in High Spirits (1988) is inspired. Such a funny movie, and Steve Guttenberg is in it. Now that is some good camp!

Now that we’ve acknowledged that the Batman franchise has had its ups and downs, we can get back to the amazingness that is the new incarnation. Since Batman Begins, there have been two new films, each incredible in both storyline and execution. The Dark Knight (2008) and the latest in the bunch The Dark Knight Rises (2012) were both great movies in their own right, but that’s a chat for another day…

Right now, I want to show you some of the awesome Batman gear Heavenly Swords has in stock for you. Let’s put away the bad, and focus on the greatness that is Batman today. Here are a few items to get your blood lust going:

Batman Dark Knight Mask

This is a perfect replica of the mask worn by Christian Bale. It has an adjustable Velcro strap so it can be worn on any size head. Made from resin, it is very durable. When you aren’t fighting crime, you can hang it on your wall with the included wall hanger. Just don’t do that if you’re trying to keep your identity hidden…

Dark Knight Rises Bokken

Now you can combine your love for Batman with your love for swords. This is a bokken, which is in itself a great weapon. It’s basically a wooden practice sword. This one would be perfect for cosplay, or just to practice your katana moves without lethally injuring anyone.

Batman Battle Axe Batax

Now this weapon is no joke. It has super sharp stainless steel blades, and is overall about 10” long. It’s the perfect throwing axe, but be careful!

These are just a few of the many Batman products we carry. We have arm guards, throwing stars, and double bladed folding knives, so check us out!!