Custom-Made Hand Forged Samurai Sword Japanese Katana

Custom-Made Hand Forged Samurai Sword Japanese Katana

Build Your Own Functional Katana


Your custom-made katana begins its life in the famed swordsmithing town of Longquan located in the remote, green mountains of Qinxi. The art of blade making continues unabated for over 2,600 years near the cold, shining waters of the Ou River. Your sword's exact crafting methods will depend on your selections though you can expect the utmost attention to detail paid to every aspect of its creation.


Your Sword Options:

  • Blade Length: Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, or a length of your choice.
  • Blade Material: Choose from 1060 high carbon steel all the way to the labor-intensive tamahagane.
  • Tsuba: Select from over a hundred unique blade guard designs.
  • Ito Color: Choose from silk or leather handle wrapping in a variety of hues.
  • Hamon Type: Notare (wavy), Midare (irregular), Sugu (straight), or Natural Clay Temper Hamon.
  • Signature Engraving: Have a symbol, the swordsmith's name, or your name engraved on the blade in English, Chinese, or Japanese Kanji.
  • Fittings: Select nearly every aspect of your sword's look and construction.
  • You may also request customization which is not listed, such as blade color (natural, black, red), straight blade, blade geometry, battle wrap, rayskin wrapped saya, saya inscription, and more. Please contact us with your request


Your sword is custom made by masters of the craft using traditional hand forging methods. As such, the process usually takes 2-3 weeks. The price starts at $189.99 with free shipping for a 1060 high carbon steel Katana and can vary widely depending on the options selected. We encourage you to explore our site for ideas on the style and details of your sword. If you have any questions, please contact our dedicated customer support team via live chat, through email, or call us toll-free at 1-844-Nihonto (1-844-644-6686).


How to place your order:

  1. Select your preferred options from the dropdown/checkboxes
  2. Click 'Add to Sword Bag'
  3. Write us a note if you have any additional requests


Sword Glossary

Custom Sword Samurai Katana Parts with Saya


Custom Katana Samurai Sword Parts with Blade



I have received three custom swords from Northshire all have been top notch from the blades to the saya all are things of beauty. thanks very much
Custom Samurai Sword Katana
Outstanding service. After completion of the custom katana I purchased high quality pictures were sent to verify I was pleased with the product before shipment. Can not find a defect with my new katana. Will buy from then again.
Custom Katana Samurai Sword
I just received the sword and it is incredible! I'm very excited about it, the quality is outstanding. I'll definitely order another one at some point. Thanks again!
Custom-Made Sword Samurai Katana
I just wanted to thank you for your superb customer service and the excellent quality product. My son loves the sword you made for him and I was taken away with you always quick responses to me and the speed of delivery of the sword. You rarely get such magnificent customer service anymore and I wanted you to know how satisfied we are with you. Thank You!
Functional Customized Sword Samurai Katana
Being my first order, and not knowing what to expect, I was overjoyed to receive it way earlier than expected. The custom details exceeded every expectation I had. I have wanted a Katana that says "me" all over it. The stores that sell Samurai regalia seem to cater more to the decorative eye than functional. I will be collecting more from this site in the future. Thank you for your time and attention to detail!
Custom Katana Samurai Sword
Mark Smith on
Received it today and she absolutely loves it! The pictures did not do it justice, it is beautiful and she is so proud of it. I want to do business with you again for the rest of her set. Thank you so much, it was a pleasure
Custom Sword Samurai Katana
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I was looking at getting my wife a Katana for Christmas and all of the reviews online said Swords of Northshire was the place to go. I wasn't disappointed, the customer service was outstanding (Bryce Ronquille) and the level of detail available was amazing. The sword came excellently packed and in very short amount of time. Bryce kept us informed of the progress along the way and provided pictures before shipping of the final product, which was nothing less than a work of art. The workmanship in the sword was amazing, extremely well built and detailed. I cannot wait to add more of these to my collection.
5 ( 5 / 5 )
Just amazing words cant describe how pleased i was to receive my blade thank you
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I'm very pleased with my custom katana. The blade is smooth and the polish shows the folding and hamon exceptionally well. It's lighter than what I'm used to. I own a number of Cheness and Hanwei blades and this one is by far the most maneuverable and well balanced. It slices through small dowels, PVC pipe and bamboo like through butter. After some 20 hours of use it shows no significant scratches and is as sharp as new. The fittings are all tight and the ito has not moved an inch, which is a common problem with many of my other swords. The habaki is nicely fitted to the blade as opposed to the blade being filed to fit. The saya is a little loose which sometimes causes the blade to cut into the wood while re-sheathing but this is a common problem with many katana and easily solved with proper technique. Although I've not measured, it seems like the Sakihaba and Monouchi is a little thicker than the rest of the blade which makes it nice for cutting. The customer service was exceptional and delivery was fast. I will certainly recommend these blades to others.
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I got my custom sword and it is absolutely beautiful, words alone cannot describe, The attention to detail. Customer server was amazing as well, as I had custom length and other custom addons I wanted and they delivered. Everything from the sword, to box to everything that came is so very perfect. Good luck trying to find swords this well made and the price is very affordable and the quality is second to none!
5 ( 5 / 5 )
Purchased this for my teen son at Christmas. He loved being able to custom design the sword and when it arrived sooner than expected - we were thrilled by the quality and attention to detail. I definitely will recommend and plan to buy again for his birthday. Thanks!

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Available Options

Natural Hamon:



hand sharpening

This process produces sharp edges. Customers can request the blade to be unsharpened (blunt) for safety reasons in practice or hand sharpened for cutting practice. We recommend sharp with niku



blade materials

The blade is the most important part of a sword. Its quality depends on the steel material and forging method.

We pick out good materials for making blades, especially for our premium swords. Customers can opt for specific materials according to your needs.

Blade Material Glossary:

NAGASA (Blade Length) :


The Japanese blades we offer are in a variety of lengths. The nagasa is measured from tip of the kissaki to hamachi (edge notch).

You may also specify your own custom blade length and handle length here. If the handle length is not specified, we will balance the weight with the blade. Custom blade length increases craft time by approx. 2 weeks since we have to make a new tsuka, saya, and blade

The default handle lengths are 10.6" (26.9cm) for Katana, 8.1" (20.6cm) for Wakizashi, and 7.7" (19.6cm) for Tanto.


BO-HI (Groove):


A groove in the blade, commonly called a "blood groove." The bo-hi groove is added to lighten the blade.

Furthermore the grooves (always done on both sides of the blade) make a whistling sound when the sword is swung.


HAMON (Temper Line):


Hamon is the temper pattern along the blade edge. We offers 3 kinds of hamon styles. Clay Tempered blades will produce a natural hamon


SAYA (Scabbard):


Saya is the Japanese term for a scabbard, and specifically refers to the scabbard for a sword or knife.

Saya are normally manufactured from very lightweight wood, with a coat of lacquer on the exterior. The wood is light enough that care must be taken when drawing the sword.


SAGEO (Saya Cord):


The Sageo cord is used to secure a katana to the Obi (Belt).

Sageo in this series are made of silk.

Content Engraving:

Blade Custom Length :




Tsuba are guards for both Katana and Wakizashi. They protect the hands from your opponents sword when parrying / blocking and protect your hands from slipping forward when thrusting.

We have over one hundred different types to choose from, for katana, wakizashi, shirasaya and tanto. If you don't find what you are looking for here, feel free to browse our custom swords to get a better idea of what you would like, or contact us directly for the full catalog

The tsubas in this series are made from alloy, iron, brass, and copper. Since our specialty is in making blades, we pick out high quality manufacturers of domestic fittings.




Fuchi and kashira are ornamental fittings which are attached to the handles of Japanese swords. The fuchi fits over the end of the handle, and the kashira fits over the opposite end.

There are a variety of fuchi & kashira to choose. They are made from alloy, copper, and iron. The sets will be periodically renewed to provide the widest possible ranges of options.




The Habaki and Seppa are the metal collar and washer which keep the blade from falling out of the saya and also secure the fittings in place.


SAME'GAWA (Rayskin - Under Wrap):


Same'gawa is the rayskin used for the tsuka (handle) wrapping, placed beneath the ito wrap.


ITO (Handle Wrap):


Tsuka-Ito is the handle wrapping material. The ito are made of silk, and we also offer genuine leather wrap. We make the wrapping as tight as possible to ensure a long life for your sword.




Menuki are placed under the tsuka ito to help with the grip of the sword. The following menuki are made from alloy and copper.




The engraving is chiseled, or carved. It is done on blade near the Habaki.

We offer engraving service for English, Chinese and Kanji characters. We will translate from English to Chinese or Kanji .

We can also engrave a symbol of your choice.


sword accessories

We offer some accessories like sword bags, stand, sword case, maintenance kit, and replacement fittings for the sword.