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


Recent Testimonials

I requested a spring steel blade with no bo-hi, dyed red. I LOVE IT! The blade is perfect. No wavy lines and straight as an arrow. It has great balance for a katana. You can feel the power in it. I wanted it sharpened for heavy cutting and it is much sharper than I expected, especially the tip. The handle is not too big and it feels great. The sword fits the Saya perfect, right out of the box. The red etching on the blade looks awesome. It does not reflect much light at all, but you can see a reflection in it when you look closely. I was looking all over the place for a good katana, but I couldn't find one that I actually liked everything about it. What a find with Swords of the Northshire! I would definitely buy more swords from them. Thanks
Custom Samurai Sword Katana
I have purchased 2 Swords from Swords of Northshire. One a custom Katana. The Katana was a beautiful piece of functional art. An amazing piece. I also purchased a Wakizashi. There were some minor imperfections in the edge geometry. Northshire paid the return shipping and replaced the entire blade at their expense. I highly recommend them to anyone considering the purchase of a Japanese sword or any other product they supply. I have already picked out a third sword which I intend to purchase in the near future. Thank you again.
Custom Katana Samurai Sword
I collect all kinds of swords, and I can honestly say the one I just got from swords of northshire is my favorite and one of the best quality blades I've ever gotten thank you so much!
Functional Customized Sword Samurai Katana
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.
Custom Katana Samurai Sword
Pawel Jackowski on
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.
Custom Sword Samurai Katana
Adam Deane on
Terrific katana. Being able to customize the design to such a degree - including the kind of steel used in the blade - is awesome. I feel like this is MY katana. The quality of work and parts are excellent. I look forward to using it in training.(It's definitely a REAL sword.)
Custom Sword Samurai Katana
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I must say that I am impressed with the quality of my custom katana. It arrived very sharp, and is a good cutter. I am planning on buying a second sword very shortly. Highly recommend!
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I purchased my first custom katana from Swords of Northshire, and I was blown away with the results!! I couldn’t have been more satisfied with my experience, from start to end. The production was much faster than I anticipated, and the fact that they sent pictures for approval before shipment is so professional. I’ve definitely only experienced that once or twice before, with professional artists. Which is what Swords of Northshire are. Artists in their profession. I will definitely be adding to my collection and I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!! Well done!!
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I recently purchased twin custom katanas. Each one had to share a theme, yet look distinct on it's own. The result? The most beautiful swords I have ever seen. Swords of Northshire were so wonderful in their assistance with the designs and the final product was better than I could have hoped. I will be adding to the collection very soon, and Swords of Northshire will be the only sword makers I can trust. Absolutely perfect.
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I had a spring steel wakizashi made using this service, it proved to be a reliable blade and I definitely will be ordering from swords of northshire again.
5 ( 5 / 5 )
Sword was incredibly made. No loose parts, no cosmetic defects on the blade or fittings, sharp as can be. Coupled with incredible service, this is THE site to get a custom katana. If I had to nit-pick, the only thing I can say negatively is that the tsuka ito wasn't perfectly level with the fuchi. You do start to feel it a little after handling the sword for a while.

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Available Options



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. On functional swords we recommend sharp with niku (rounding of blade's surface) for maximum edge durability

Natural Hamon:



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, making for faster swings, with less stress put on your wrist. Blades without a bo-hi are heavier and have more powerful swings due to the added weight.

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 offer three kinds of etched 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.

Blade Custom Length :

Content Engraving:




Tsuba are guards for both the Katana and Wakizashi. They protect your hands from your opponent's 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, 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.

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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.




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.

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SAME'GAWA (Rayskin - Under Wrap):


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




Menuki are placed under the tsuka ito (handle wrap) to help with the grip of the sword. The following menuki are made from alloy, brass, and copper.

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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.




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, stands, sword cases, maintenance kits, and replacement fittings for your sword.