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22 Jun '16

We have started to carry the Sparkfoam line of LARP Swords.

Posted by Matt Grant in Comic Con, Larp, Sparkfoam

We have started to carry the Sparkfoam line of LARP Swords.

The Sparkfoam line of LARP swords will revolutionize the Live Action Role Play market.  These swords are almost indestructible and you can bend them and hit things with them with very little damage being done to the sword or to the item hit.  It gives you a much better feel to your role play and they are totally safe.  The weight is good and they have been on the market for about 6 months so any kinks they may have had have been worked out.  

I can tell you that the competition will be working on coming out with similar items to compete with these but they are already behind the eight ball as these are already on the market and have a good following.  

Here is the press release that was sent by the manufacturerer.

 

SparkFoam swords have hit the market! We are very excited to present our exclusive, patented, SparkFoam swords!!!

 

   We showcased these new swords the 2016 New York Toy Fair,  and will also showcase these at Several Summer Shows. Sparkfoam swords are made using a new method of creating foam swords that goes well beyond traditional foam swords, in terms of the type and quality of materials used as well as how the swords are constructed. 

 We have several  videos posted on youtube, and some include videos from reviewers that are posted or about to be.

 An explanation of SparkFoam and a demonstration of SparkFoam’s capabilities can be seen in these videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgog0MPkI0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTcoXgbK7Ec

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgpPp5gAPOM&feature=youtu.be

 

LordDraconical, is a  very popular toy reviewer on youtube with 348,526 channel subscribers, will be making a series of videos for SparkFoam so you can see the quality of these items.  

The first video has been posted, and already has over 69,000+ views in just the first 6 days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2KUgGiyfdA

 

We are already seeing a massive spike in sales and this will keep growing as more videos from other reviewers are made public.

We will be carrying all models of the Sparkfoam Swords and expect great sales from them as the Summer goes on and into the fall.

This is your chance to be the first to own the newest thing out there in the LARP arena.

We just missed Comic Con but I am sure you have plenty of other opportunities to show what you have.  The great thing about these is with all the new movies coming out like Deadpool and Mutant Ninja Turtles the need for safe swords to use with your costume is getting even more and more important.  

This is the best on the market for letting you have something that gives you that real feel but also is safe so organizers shouldn't have an issue with you bringing them into the venue or showing them around while you are out and about.  

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14 Jun '16

American Ninja Warrior is a great show.

Posted by Matt Grant in martial art training, ninja, sword, warrior

Just started to watch the latest American Ninja Warrior Show and I am amazed at how over the years the course has gotten more difficult but the level of athlete competing is getting better and better.  I can see (guess) that this is in direct correlation to prize money and fame.  In the early years it was mostly just rock climbers and Parkour hobbyist that but as the prize money has become more substantial the athletes have became better and better.  

The money is getting to the point that many are able to train full time and listening to the announcers speak many of the contestants have started their own training schools to train young athletes to prepare for the show.  I have no problem with this.  In fact I think that is the way a free market economy should work.  It is great to live in a place where you can make enough money doing what you like to be able to do what you like.  I know that sounds redundant but if you read it again you will see what the point is.  We can make enough money in our hobby to support our hobby.  Really why do we need anything more then that.  

 

I do BJJ and I see a similar kind of professional.  They start an academy and they get several students and end up making enough money so that they can continue to do Jiu Jitsu.  To be honest it does not really pay to try and become really really good at it because even though you might be able to win some big tournaments and get a bunch of followers on Instagram or Facebook you really are not able to pay the bills with those followers.  Banks don't really care how many followers you have when they give you a loan for a house or car etc.  

 

There are a lot of people in the Jiujitsu Community who are trying to get the winners to get paid and if they ever get to the kind of payouts or incentives as American Ninja Warrior has then you will see the athleticism increase.  Right now most of the ones who want to make big bucks are heading to the UFC and trying to make their big bucks while they are young.  It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  

 

27 Apr '16

Why are people so judgmental?

Posted by Irfan Mirza in knife, ninja, proelia knife

Why are people so judgmental?

Here is the deal.  Someone posted on Reddit the other day about one of our high end knives.  This is the Proelia Knife and I have taken it to several trade shows where the clientele knew and understood high end knives.  It got very good reviews and we sold many of them at the Trade Show over the counter once people were able to actually feel the quality of the item.  

We have sold over 200 of these and only had one issue from a guy in Canada who took it apart and had trouble putting it back together.  He put the plates on backwards and then forced it to fit and we still replaced the knife for him.  Like I said this is a very good knife that is at a very good price for the knife.

Then someone post on Reddit and ask what they think about the knife and not one person who gives feedback has even held the knife.  The comments are comments about how they would not trust a website called Ninja Supply.  WTH is that?  You look at the name of a website and if the name has the word Ninja in it then you  all of the sudden think that they are selling crap?  How stupid is that.  We have a ton of customers who are very happy with the product they have received from us.  Sure we target the hobbyist and those that might not be able to afford an expensive Samurai Sword or other blade but there is a place in the market for us.  Do not confuse good pricing with poor quality merchandise.  We are based in the USA and are easy to find and contact if anyone has an issue.  We know the manufacturers of the Proelia Knife and they were kind enough to let us show it on our site.  Just because it is on  a site called Ninja Supply does not mean it is a not a great knife and does not affect the quality of the knife.  They do not make a cheaper one for us.  If we started selling Gerber, Cold Steel, Kershaw or other knives on our site would you just assume they were no good because we take less margin so we can offer better prices?  

All I ask the critiques is that if  you want to say an item is not good then at least get the item and try it first.  Then if in your opinion that item does not meet your standard of what a knife that cost $100 should be then go ahead and complain and post it for everyone to see.  Just seems to me that to be critical of an item because of the name of the site is not very sincere or an honest assessment of the quality  of the item.

Rant over.  Hope everyone has a great day.  

20 Apr '16

Just got back from Asia.

Posted by Matt Grant

Spent time in Hong Kong, China and Japan looking for new stuff and seeing what was out there.  I am always impressed by how much time and effort it taken into making the items we buy and sell.  We require a very high standard and the factories know it and are very good at it.  I am especially impressed with the manufacturing of the Musashi Sword.  In the past I have studied Sun Tzu the Art of War book but I decided that I should look at  The Book of 5 Rings by Miyamoto, Musashi.  One of the things that interested me in this book is that I am a Jiu Jitsu Competitor and one of our fellow Riberio Affiliates is 5 Rings. One of my best competitors is from that School based in Oregon so I thought maybe I could see what they were studying and learn some pointers.

This is an incredible book.  Very short but has a lot of good advice for those who are considering using a sword or performing in a martial art like JiuJitsu.  I got this from Wikepedia that explains a lot about the book and does it much better then if I would.

The Book of Five Rings (五輪書 Go Rin no Sho?) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy.

Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one's opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle. Descriptions of principles are often followed by admonitions to "investigate this thoroughly" through practice rather than trying to learn them by merely reading.

Miyamoto Musashi in his prime, wielding two bokken.

Musashi describes and advocates a two-sword style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi, contrary to the more traditional method of wielding the katana two-handed. However, he only explicitly describes wielding two swords in a section on fighting against many adversaries. The stories of his many duels rarely refer to Musashi himself wielding two swords, although, since they are mostly oral traditions, their details may be inaccurate. Some suggest that Musashi's meaning was not so much wielding two swords "simultaneously", but rather acquiring the proficiency to (singly) wield either sword in either hand as the need arose.[citation needed] However, Musashi states within the volume that one should train with a long sword in each hand, thereby training the body and improving one's ability to use two blades simultaneously.

 

I would suggest this book as a good read for anyone even those interested in Business can learn from this book.  Amazing that something written almost 400 years ago would still have application to what is going on today.  

08 Apr '16

The Proelia Knife is the real deal.

Posted by Matt Grant in knife, proelia knife

The Proelia Knife is the real deal.

I love this knife.  I have been around knives for a long time and have worked with some guys who do the very high end knives (over $1000 and custom made).  I have showed the Proelia knife to them and they have all been impressed at a knife like this at the price point this knife is at.

We sell a lot to law enforcement and to people who use knives as tools in their everyday jobs.  This is truly an EDC (Every Day Carry Knife).  The feel of it is just fantastic.  At first you might think it is too bulky because it is 8 ounces but the way the grip feels you will be a believer from the minute you pick it up.  I was at a Trade Show and even the most seasoned knife people were amazed at how smooth the action was on this knife.  The great thing about this is that we are now at a new price point.  I have not seen one person who is not impressed by the feel,  weight and quality of this knife.  

Check out this youtube Video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyOd1gkY8TI

 


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