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If you’re looking for an authentic katana or handcrafted wakizashi, Swords of Northshire should be your first stop. Our well-crafted swords can last a lifetime for the samurai in training or enthusiastic collector. Each sword is hand forged by master swordsmiths that ensure every piece gets the utmost care and attention to detail. Every sword is made to order specifically for you. Explore a collection of handcrafted swords, knives, and more.

Types of Handcrafted Swords

We design and create a variety of sword styles to meet the needs of every customer. Choose between a huge selection of katana swords, odachis, and even ninja swords. We also carry unique color treated swords or blades made with traditional Japanese tamahagane steel. With over a hundred options in this category, there’s something for everyone.

Some of our most popular selections include:

All of our swords, including the movie and television replicas, are full tang, usable pieces that can be sharpened to your desired edge. When you place an order, you can specify whether you want the blades to remain unsharpened or if you want them brought to a razor-sharp edge.

What Our Swords Are For

From our Chinese Jian swords to our dual katana swords, many of our creations are an excellent choice for martial arts practitioners. Whether you practice iaido or kenjutsu, these are tough, heat-treated and handcrafted swords that can cut through thick bamboo, bone, and even iron wire without damaging the cutting edge. Use your samurai sword in combat or proudly display it in your home. Browse the collection at Swords of Northshire, or custom design the perfect sword for you.

If you have any questions about sword terminology, blacksmithing techniques, or metal types, visit our FAQ page or reach out to our customer service team today.

FAQs

A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana.

You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade.

Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch.

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.

Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care.