At Swords of Northshire, we’re proud to encourage our customers to participate in the creation process of our traditional Japanese swords. Through our Custom Sword Option, you can collaborate with our master craftsmen to create a piece that’s one-of-a-kind.
To help you understand each part of the process, our experts are here to break down the different terminology and what they mean for the creation of your blade. Read on here to learn more!
The length of your blade is actually a major determining factor in what type of sword you order. Are you looking for a longer blade? Opt for a katana. Want something short and tactical? The tanto is the shortest blade in a samurai’s arsenal. Here are the standard blade lengths for the most common Japanese swords:
Katana: 71 cm or 28 in
Nodachi & Ōdachi: 90.9 cm or 36 in
Tachi: 60.6 cm or 24 in
Wakizashi: 51 cm or 20 in
Tantō: 33 cm or 13 in
We currently only offer sword customization for katana, wakizashi, and tanto lengths.
The bo-hi, also known as a fuller or a blood groove, is a rounded or beveled slot on the flat side of a blade. It runs down the entire length of both sides of your sword and makes the weapon lighter and easier to swing. By altering the weight and balance point of the sword, you can move faster for lighting-quick slashing and striking. The bo-hi also frequently makes a slight whistling noise when swinging the blade.
A saya is one of the included accessories you receive with your blade. Once you’ve chosen your preferences for the weapon itself, you can move on to customizing the scabbard. At Swords of Northshire, we create the scabbards from lightweight wood and then lacquer their exterior to add shine and color. Choose from matte black, lacquered black, red, natural wood, gold, and more.
The ito is the top layer of the handle wrapping material. To ensure the longevity of your sword, we hand wrap these as tight as possible. Most ito wraps are a thin cord made of silk. Colors available in silk include white, black, dark brown, purple, green, blue, and red. For those who prefer leather, you can choose an ito wrap in brown or black leather.
Engraving is the last element of personalizing your sword. We do laser engraving on the blade of your sword near the habaki. You can choose engraving in Kanji, Chinese, or English characters or engrave a symbol of your choice. If you need to translate your engraving from English, we are happy to do it for you.
Start Customizing Your Sword
When you want to collaborate with a swordsmith on the creation of your blade, nothing beats our customization options. Ready to get started? Choose to Customize your Katana at Swords of Northshire today!
Swords of Northshire is proud to offer free wordwide shipping for all of our products. Shipping times vary based on location and customization.
If for any reason you're not happy with your purchase, we're here to make it right. We can exchange or refund any purchase that doesn't meet expectations.
At Swords of Northshire, we back our products 100%. We work with only most trusted forges to create completely custom swords for you.