Swordsofnorthshire did a great job on the katana I ordered. They were extremely helpful, and the customer service was excellent. I requested two blade shape modifications, an unokubi zukuri blade with a shobu zukuri style point. They did both, FOR FREE!. The sword I received is very high quality, the leather ito is tight, the fit and finish of the sword is very good, and it handles really well. The one negative was that the kissaki was a bit dull. I will definitely be buying from them again, and I recommend Swordsofnorthshire wholeheartedly!
Thank you for the amazing service. The sword is beautiful and I love it
For the longest time, I have wanted a katana. I love the history and culture of Japan, and nothing encapsulates it better than the weapon of the Samurai. This was my first purchase from Swords of Northshire. I ordered a 1095 steel katana as seen below. I'm not exaggerating at all, the photos aren't nearly as beautiful as it is in real life. The craftsmanship is breathtaking. I don't claim to know anything about sword making, but I can tell when thought and passion was put into the production of something. This sword is a work of art. It isn't flashy and over-decorated like the cheap blades you can get elsewhere. In a sense, its simplicity shows the confidence the sword smiths have in their abilities. But this sword is far from being delicate. It is built tough, fully functional and balanced.
If any of the sword smiths are reading this, your work is fantastic! Also my thanks to Bryce in customer service. Best customer service I have received at any store. Finally, to any of you reading these comments on the fence with purchasing a sword, I can assure you this is the real deal. I will definitely come back for another in the future!
I must say that I am very impressed with the quality of the sword. I was a little skeptical in the beginning to be honest about ordering a sword online where you are not even sure the quality and the service, but my overall experience with SoN has been amazing. The sword custom made 1095 Katana is my first one and I am in love with it. The customer service is very quick to respond and is a very friendly staff. I will definitely order more in near future.
Worth The Wait!
I am writing this review just shortly after receiving a custom Katana from Swords of Northshire.
I ordered this sword from the Custom Parts Catalogue, which resulted in a truly one of a kind sword.
After placing the order in mid January, I had expectations of delivery after about 8 weeks.
Bryce Ronquille the owner of Swords of Northshire, was in contact as often as I needed during the entire process. The sword did get delayed for various reasons along the way, however I always had the impression that I was in good hands and that in the end, the wait would be worth it. Well! This is one of those things that pans out well for those who exhibit patience. I am sure that the turn around for off the shelf, or even customized off the self swords would be quicker; however this baby is "Worth The Wait". I cannot state more clearly how beautiful this Katana is. If you are interested in a special heirloom quality Samurai Sword, please take my advice: Buy your sword from Bryce at Swords of Northshire... I can definitely endorse these products as, living up to expectation, being a work of art, and certainly the experience was enhanced by Bryce Ronquille's expertise and professionalism.