Absolutely love the craftsmanship with this custom piece. Swords of Northshire was wonderful to communicate with. Always very timely and extremely accommodating. Listened to every detail I was looking for, and did their best to make my dream (and the recipient of this sword's dream) come true. I would and will definitely be back again to re-order another in the future.
- Cassy L
The sword is forged and assembled very well, very fast shipping, great service and courteous. Anyone who wants to buy a sword, this is the place!
- Simone
Impressed by their professional approach. They were quick to respond to my questions and give offers of assistance. The custom made Katana was a true beauty and I am very satisfied with every aspect of my dealings with them. I can highly recommend Swords of Northshire to anyone seeking a finely crafted excellent quality sword for a very reasonable price.
- Colin M
Our son was absolutely speechless when he unwrapped the sword. He loves it. We needed a rush build and the sword came on time. It looks very elegant-well made with handsome parts. Also, customer service was very helpful. Thank you very much.
- JGR
I am extremely satisfied with Swords of Northshire. Aside from my custom katana being absolutely beautiful and well made, their customer service is outstanding. They accommodated me at every step. My second custom katana is in the mail now! Can't recommend them enough, and will certainly be doing more business in the future.
- Matt K
The quality in craftsmanship of the sword I had custom made is impeccable. The materials are beautiful. The staff were always available when needed and very informative.
- Paul S

Custom Swords

Custom Swords Creator

 

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!

Nagasa | Blade Length

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:

 

We currently only offer sword customization for katana, wakizashi, and tanto lengths.

Bo-Hi | Blood Groove

sword with a clear bo-hi cutout

 

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.

Saya | Scabbard

 

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.

Ito | Handle Wrap

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.

Personal Engraving

 

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!

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