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History of the Katana

In honor of our new Cardboard Weaponry, let’s take a trip back in time and across the globe to explore the story behind one of our most culturally significant creations: the katana.

Say hello to feudal Japan, circa 1400. The katana first appeared around this time in the Muromachi Period, and acted as the next version of the more basic tachi sword.  The difference between the two began as a pretty nominal one, because some samurai prefered to carry their swords with the sharp edge facing up instead of down. Thanks to these early trendsetters, the nature of Japanese combat took a giant step forward. That simple change, which makes it easier and faster for warriors to pull out their weapons, marked the beginning of the katana’s path through history.

Swordsmiths caught on to the movement and started to design their weapons with the new style in mind. The katana’s most distinguishing characteristics are the way that it is worn (in that efficient edge-up fashion) and the placement of the maker’s signature. Because samurai carried their katanas upside-down in comparison to tachi swords, swordsmiths also switched the placement of their signatures to the opposite side of the blade so that their names would remain visible on the outside of the katana. This is probably the best way to tell what kind of sword you are looking at, since the carry method can be a bit unclear when it’s not strapped onto someone’s back.

Now, time for a real kicker: traditional katanas are not made of cardboard! Shocking, I know. Unlike our version, which is pretty fierce in its own right, true katanas are so strong because they are built from a Japanese super-steel called tamahaganeUnfortunately, Cardboard Safari didn’t quite have the resources to replicate that intense process. But hey, ours is much safer to keep in the house.

Rambling Robbie Getting Ready For Halloween

My friend Rambling Robbie stopped by Spirit Halloween at Hollymead Town Center looking for some Halloween inspiration.

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“Maybe I will be a black cat for Halloween. Hey how’s it going?”

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“I made a new friend. She was so nice and helped me find some cool stuff!”

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“Yikes, look at those teeth.”

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“I’m not scared………..aaaahhhhhhhh, I’m outta here!”

Have a fun and safe Halloween from Rambling Robbie!

Please visit our Facebook page and let Robbie know what you are dressing up as for Halloween!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . .

. . . there is an awe inspiring crew of characters that would love to hang on your walls! fantasy_pc_04_satu

 Nikita our Cardboard Dragon is a hot new product and will fiercely protect your home, your child’s nursery, your dorm, or your office!

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Choose brown or white in our standard Micro, Junior, and Large sizes. You can also display her with wings, or without. 

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 Why not get a dragon mother and her flameling?

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And don’t forget about our Merlin Unicorns. They come in all sizes, in the standard brown and white, and in some fancy prints as well.

One of my personal favorites is the starburst print, available in purple, blue, and gold.

Truly a Magical Merlin.

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 Not into Unicorns? How about Zombies? Edgar Zombie might give your brain a boost as you assemble this clever cardboard creation.

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 Another great companion is Vince Skull. Micro Vince comes in brown, white, zebra, and black. There is a also a Large Vince, our very Special Edition Vince, and our Vince Wall Skulls. Gather them all around you for some inspiration!

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Invite this cast of characters into your lair!

Or check out our website for more creature creations!

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P.S. If you like buying more for less, check out our very cool Sets!

Introducing Card Boards!

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This year’s Awesome April Exclusive brings you Card Boards, a wearable type of technology that will feed you inspiration when needed.

Slip these sweet specs on and simply describe what you are seeking. Responsive to voice commands, Card Boards will boost your creativity.

Ask for anything from Pre-Raphaelite Paintings to Pop Art, Nature Essays to Song Lyrics, Famous Photographs to Celebrity Selfies. 

Card Boards will project HD images. The soothing robotic voice will read poetry, sing opera, or step you through DIY projects.

Never again do you have to wallow in writer’s block or stare at a blank canvas.

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Desperate for a beach vacation? Just say the words and Card Boards will visually land you on a Greek Island where you can watch the waves roll to shore, smell the souvlaki, and feel the sun against you skin.

Have you always wanted to bungee jump? Card Boards will simulate the experience.

Card Boards are also predictive. Dial in your weekly horoscope or your quarterly tarot reading. Simply watch your future unfold like a movie on a screen.

Card Boards may be sharp. We recommend wearing a bandaid over the bridge of your nose for protection.

A box of decorative bandaids is included with your purchase. Choose between a pattern of puppies, kitties, or zombies.

Card Boards: For the Visionary Who Needs Some Vision.

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Order Now While Supplies Last!

Cardboard Animal Busts Save Lives

Here is evidence that a recycled cardboard trophy head is a viable substitute for the head of a real animal!

Matt, or Twitter user MountHopeHunter, describes himself as a:

Social media savvy hunter. Writer. Photographer. Game chef. Part wild. Weekend warrior. On a constant and rentless search for ‘it’

And while he might prefer a real animal head on his wall, he found an excellent compromise for himself and his girlfriend by hanging a handsome white Bucky.

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Cardboard Safari does not support trophy hunting, but we do see ourselves as a clever and crafty substitute!

Try something different and Wow! your friends.

Look for the Rhino!

Tap into Safari TV!

Behold our newest product: Safari TV, the cardboard iPad® stand!

This sturdy stand will make a stylish addition to home or office and is an awesome gift for your favorite iPad user.  

After quick assembly simply slide the iPad in and enjoy!ipad_angle_B_01Compatible with iPad and iPad Air, the detail is exquisite and the design allows easy access to

the Home button, FaceTime camera, Headphone jack, USB port, and Volume control. 

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It’s not too early to start tapping gifts off of your Christmas list!

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What is Remembered, Lives

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It may seem a long time away, but it’s not too early to start your preparations for Dia de los Muertos.

Also known as Day of the Dead, the festivities begin on November 1 and end on November 2.

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Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to honor loved ones who have passed.

There are many traditional rituals surrounding the occasion, including building an altar, having a feast, and bringing gifts to the graves of the departed.

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Cardboard Safari offers some beautiful designs for this very occasion.

Our products require assembly, providing a great opportunity to focus your thoughts on the beloved dead in your life while creating something with your hands.

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The whole family can gather around the wreath, taking turns slotting it together, while vocalizing memories of  loved ones who have passed.

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If you prefer, spend some quite time alone, piecing together a skull while visualizing your dear deceased.

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Our skulls come in Micro sizes in brown, white, black, and striped, as pictured above.

They also come in a large size, in brown and white only.

Or choose our special edition skull, that comes in its own box.

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Create. Conserve. Be Clever.

And remember those who have passed!

Your ancestors will appreciate it.