First, let’s take a look at the following testing videos of some of our
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1. Actions featured in the videos above require professional training. It can be quite difficult for amateurs to succeed on their first try. Speaking from industry experience, these actions will get easier and feel more natural after more than two hours of training and practice.
2.We choose ordinary type of products, not especially ready for video.
How are the swords priced? / Can I trust that your swords are quality pieces given the affordable price?
I’ve received many questions regarding our price and quality. To respond to your concerns and put your mind at ease before purchasing, I would like to begin with a brief introduction to the composition of swords. The following diagram shows the various parts of a traditional Katana.
Let's start thinking through the first principles approach—the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there. Elon Musk is one of the famous entrepreneurs that I really admire, and he frequently utilizes the first principles approach in problem-solving in his work.
Sword = Raw Materials Cost + Labor Cost
The material cost of a sword is mainly composed of metal, wood, leather, and some synthetic materials, all of which are global commodities. Therefore, our raw materials costs are about the same as American and European competitors. In fact, the material cost accounts for less than 50% of a sword’s total cost, with swords made of gold and silver as the exception.
Labor cost makes for the biggest cost factor in sword making. Although the manufacturing process is now very advanced, many steps in swordcraft still require skilled manual labor. Currently, no place in the world has achieved a fully automated sword-making process. This is quite different from the car industry.
Next, I will go over the production process for swords.
Part One: The Blades
- Purchase steel. Currently, the prices and qualities of steel from smelting companies have been very stable. This is the best choice for sourcing steel raw materials. A steel smelter costs more than 3 billion U.S. dollars to invest, which is very expensive and difficult to compete. Thus, the world's major sword manufacturing companies choose to buy finished steel from steel smelter companies.
- Forge and produce. Although this step requires some extent of automated mechanical manufacturing, some crucial steps such as the hydraulic forging machine still require manual control by specialists.
- Apply heat treatment. Common heat treatments involve a two-syeles process:oil quenching or clay-tempered. Currently, these two steps are all manually operated.
- Grind and polish. This final step requires craftsmen to use specific mechanical tools to manually process the swords for a semi-finished look. This is why many mirror-polished swords are very expensive because it takes a lot of labor hours to process.
With the above 4 steps, the blade is now basically done!
Part 2: The Hilt and Sheath
Since the length and size of Katana handles and sheaths come in a single standard size, we have thousands of various accessories in our warehouse that can be mixed and matched to decorate the swords.
The sword sheath is divided into two major types: [wood spray-painted] and [wood wrapped]. The wrapped wood is more expensive as the material cost is higher and requires more skilled labor to produce.
On the other hand, the hilt of a sword is much simpler to produce.
Part 3: The Assembly (assuming that all the parts are ready and available)
The assembly process requires full manual labor. As far as I’ve seen in the swordcraft field, there is not a single workshop that is fully automated on this process. It takes a highly experienced swordcraft engineer about 1 to 2 hours to fully assemble a sword.
Part Four: The Testing
All swords require thorough testing on quality control before they are prepared for shipment.
Other things to note:
- Many of our accessories are purchased in bulks. This gives us more cost-saving than purchasing individual orders.
- The most crucial factor to low production costs is our sourcing advantage as we are based in China. In the sword industry, an average labor cost in China only costs about 1/6 of that in the United States, ¼ equivalent of Japan, or 1/3 equivalent of Europe. An experienced American craftsman’s annual income is 120,000 to 150,000 U.S. dollars, whereas an experienced Chinese craftsman’s annual income is around 20,000 U.S. dollars. As mentioned earlier, the major cost of making a sword comes from labor—this is where our competitive advantage lay. The gap in raw materials costs is not that significant when compared with competitors.
- About 80% of the world's swords priced under $500 are produced in China. I am confident that most ready-made swords across the internet (i.e., Amazon) are sourced from China. Even though some sellers indicate as US sellers, I am confident that they are imported from China and then resold in the US (in the past I have worked with many US-based companies to produce swords).
- As a Business to Consumer business, we have simplified the supply chain process, removing the third intermediaries. In the past, buying a sword required consumers to find a local company first, then the local company would collect the sales and reach out to their local foreign trading companies. The trading companies would then reach out to Chinese trading companies, and the Chinese trading companies would reach out to their local Chinese partners, who would then eventually reach out to us. This multi-layer communication and sourcing creates complicacy and results in a significant amount of intermediary costs. Now through social media like TikTok and YouTube, customers can directly reach us and tell us what they need, and in return, we produce products directly based on customer requests. The supply chain process is optimized, and fewer intermediaries eliminate the unnecessary in-between costs (about 4 to 5 layers of intermediaries are eliminated).
Due to this operation method, we have recently received unhappy and aggressive messages from Chinese foreign trade companies demanding us to increase our prices, because our prices are far more reasonable than the price they have set, which is normally at around 600 U.S. dollars.
Not every sword is affordably made, we conduct our business in the most efficient way possible, maintaining reasonable profit while keeping prices low for our customers.
- Our mass-produced swords that come with ready-made parts generally come at an inexpensive price. (For example: for our anime replica swords, we have 25 styles. 10 styles are from One Piece and the other 15 styles are from Demon Slayer. Since these 25 styles have consistent long-term demands, we prepare an excess inventory of the parts in advance.)
- Basic customization requests are also simple. These customization services include engraving letters and designs, which are done using a laser engraver.
- Any other swords with special accessories will require our specialists to design and create from scratch. Costs for these are rarely ever under $500 U.S. dollars.
- Here are some examples of premium custom-made swords and their prices:
- Customer A wanted a special Katana priced at $800 U.S. dollars.
- Customer B wanted a sword from a video game. It would cost $5,000 U.S. dollars to make one due to its extremely complicated design and production technique. Unfortunately, we are unable to show the design due to proprietary reasons.
YesKatana—Find you love Katana—is our business motto. In conclusion, we hope that through YesKatana, you will find beautiful swords that you will keep forever. Whether you are looking for wooden swords, steel swords, sharp swords, or even dull swords… Whether you are looking for battle pieces or for use as a centerpiece in your home, we can make your imaginations come true. We are here anytime should you have any more questions. Let us create a sword for the warrior at heart.