We're approaching 2,000 likes on Facebook, and we thought this would be a great time to check in with everyone about where we've come from and the State of the Union at Koryu Crafts today.
We officially opened our (web) doors on November 1, 2016. Ben was doing some tsukamaki work to hone his craft, and Owen was studying other aspects of Japanese swords on his own. As training partners who got along famously, we both jumped in with both feet and decided to take the frightening step of starting a business with a friend!
We opened our doors because we believed we could build a better production blade for the money. Because our handles are shaped and wrapped here in the US by Ben, we believe they provide the swords with a much more authentic Japanese feel than the large, clunky production tsuka that are common today. Where other companies try to save money with -- frankly -- sloppy tsuka, we have gone all in to provide a better experience by using top quality silk or leather ito and providing expert wrapping. Each handle takes at least 10 hours of work to shape and wrap, but it's worth it when we put out a product that we're proud of.
And then there's the blade design. Owen has studied the blade geometries and consulted with other experts in the field to create excellent cutting blades that have the best value for the dollar. These are the blades that we are proud to use ourselves, and they perform up to our expectations for quality every time!
Koryu Crafts is still a part-time gig for us. We work nights and weekends to run this business. But in the last nine months we have developed three distinct lines of swords, taken on many tsukamaki projects, attended two trade shows, and sold several great swords to people who truly appreciate them. We have, in short, laid the groundwork for the future and have had more success than we anticipated. We are grateful to all of you for supporting our dream, and we will always do our best to provide you with excellent products and the very best customer service Thank you, one and all.