... but I arrived home yesterday to find a copy of the Bud K Catalog (budk.com) waiting in my mailbox.
Having never heard of them, I had to peruse their website to find out that Bud K Worldwide, Inc is a "50,000 square foot facility ... situated on 10 acres in the community of Moultrie, Georgia", which offers a "product line [consisting] of thousands and thousands of swords, knives, medieval weaponry, fantasy collectibles, air guns, blow guns, stun guns, and much, much, more!"
Looking through the catalog, it's quite the product line indeed ...
Let's start off with the tried and true samurai sword (with an inset picture of what I'm sure is an accurate portrayal of their typical customer)
Of course, if a samurai sword won't do, you could always pick up this beauty and pretend you're Ivy from the "Soul Calibur" series
Better yet, why not shop around for the knife enthusiast in your life? There's a wide selection to choose from ...
For the guy who likes motorcycles (The zinc aluminum handle is fashioned into a realistic cycle and goes one step further by offering a working LED light that is activated by the button located on the seat)
Hooray! More Nazi paraphenalia ... with the following disclaimer (in the catalog but not on the website): This firm holds no sympathetic regard toward Nazis, fascists, or other neo-political parties, past or present. This product is designed for historical purposes only.
I have bought a few things from this place over the years. Beyond the medieval/fantasy stuff they have pretty good prices on rugged "outdoorsman" knives, machetes, and other things that are actually useful.
In college I bought some ninja throwing stars for the obvious reasons. We pretty much destroyed a fallen tree with them. Two are still lost in the woods of Potsdam, NY, just waiting for some unfortunate person to step or trip and fall on top of them.
I also bought 2 scimitars from Bud K because a) I went as Drizzt to a medieval-themed Halloween party in college (we had cases of Middle Ages beer (middleagesbrewing.com) and mead!) and b) they are freakin awesome.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
Some of those crazy knives are both hilarious and terrifying at the same time. I never understood the idea of buying a samurai sword. If you're not gonna use it, what do you do with it? Isnt that like buying an uzi, then only using it for decoration?
Reminds me of some mail order place from years back called THE EDGE, where you could get anything from BB guns to obscene t-shirts to roses dipped in 14 carat gold.
With that said...do they ship to Canada? :P
I've seen 14 movies so far this year: Because I Said So - (2*); Borat - (5*); Children Of Men - (4*); Die Hard 4 - (5*); Evan Almighty - (3.5*); Fantastic Four 2 - (4.5*); Hairspray - (5*); Harry Potter 5 - (4*); Knocked Up - (4*); The Last Mimsy - (4*); Mr. Brooks - (4*); Shrek The Third - (3*); Spiderman 3 - (3.5*); Transformers - (2*)
Yeah, it should, but we don't live in Shouldland! Ah, Shouldland, where clean-cut kids cruise Shouldland Boulevard, and the Shouldland High football team gets their optimistic asses kicked by their crosstown rival, Reality Check Tech.
ZOMG I can't believe I'm not getting this catalog and like 15 just like it. I must remedy this!
Oh and btw, out in our area "indoor shooting" is what happens in the winter when the traps aren't working. Someone at the hardware store told me about their first fixer upper, where they actually put removable wooden paneling on the walls so you could get into the walls at a moment's notice. She did warn me, that you should never use a .22 though because you can lose your main brown water pipe that way.
Orson Scott Card- 90% of his works (the rest are not scifi). Great reads- and reasonably sized novels. I suggest Treason and, of course, Ender's Game. Wyrms and Songmaster are also great, but kind of out there....