Posted by Chris Scoggin for Ronin Katana on October 30, 2015
Chinese forges and factories crank out millions of samurai swords every year. They use several hooks to get unsuspecting buyers to purchase their lower quality katana. Among them, certificates of authenticity, fake hamon, and silk covered display boxes. Believe it or not, Ronin actually loses out on sales because we refuse to print up worthless certificates of authenticity. My personal opinion is that the money should go into the sword, and not the box the sword goes in.
In this post, I am going to show you how is making the 100's of thousands of boxes that get shipped globally every year. Most of them are produced in small family factories with 5-10 employees like this one. There are dozens of these factories around the city.
The Styrofoam stuffing that is under the liner.
Shot of about 1/2 the factory, including stacks of liners and box covers.
This is who is making those boxes.
Stock piles of boxes at one of the larger factories
Some of the premium wooden boxes.