My sons and I are knife nuts. From big to small. Utility to fighting uses. We appreciate quality, appearance, materials, strength and sharpness. We have always wanted a sword, so this year I decided to get a sword for my son as a Christmas gift. I did my research and found out that buying a good looking cheap sword would be a waste of money and could potentially cause bodily harm, if used for anything other than a display. Given that I had visions of mass destruction of plastic bottles on Christmas morning and knew the sword would be used heavily, I decided to purchase a fully-functional sword. I found Swords of Northshire through mention and recommendation on several swords forums. When I went to their website, I was immediately impressed by the appearance of the swords. And then I found the custom build option. I was able to build a custom katana by selecting each component of the sword from numerous options, including blade material, forge method, and sharpness. Who wants a dull sword??? I was even able to have our surname engraved in Japanese kanji on the blade. Upon completion of the sword, Swords of Northshire sent me a picture via email for approval before shipping. When it arrived, I was the kid opening the Christmas present. It was everything that I anticipated. Needless to say, my son was extremely excited when he opened his new sword on Christmas morning. The next county could probably hear his cheers! And yes, we won the battle against the Plastic Bottle Army - handily. To wrap it up, the ordering process was smooth and easy; the customizing was fun; the sword was delivered promptly; and, the sword met all expectations from fit-and-finish to functionality. I highly recommend Swords of Northshire and will be ordering my own sword from them in the future. Thanks, Bryce and Swords of Northshire, for making Christmas 2018 awesome.
Very well made sword with tight fittings and well wrapped. The blade has a good curve to it and was also straight with no warping. It would have received 5 stars except that it wasn't fully sharpened. When I tried it out on traditional single tatami targets, it did not cut as well as our dojo sword. As others have mentioned though, customer service has been outstanding.
The sword that I had received definitely did not disappoint. This is by far the best sword in my collection. Awesome job!!!!! Will be ordering again soon.
九尾の妖狐 ‘The Nine Tail Demon Fox’ alias ‘The Kataxe’ with Hidari Mitsudomoe Crest. Unsharped Shinobi 64cm Katana with 35cm Tsuka, made of 9260 Spring Steel. A full custom order, forged to the millimeter to my specs. The 35 cm Tsuka allows to switch from the balance of a full 72cm Katana for cutting or a shorter 64cm Ko-Katana with a longer axe-like grip for improved close combat. The long nakago also serves as a counterweight for 1 hand fighting. The big heavy Dotanuki-Style blade is nearly indestructible, courtesy of silicon alloy steel, so the sword is perfect for real wood cutting (hence the Kataxe nickname ^^) The sword is quite rigid, with lots of inertia like a steel bokken. He needs a bit more muscle than a standard Katana but packs an insane punch at close range. "Fly like an Eagle & Brake like a Brick" - Definitively not your standard Katana but a world of fun ;) Heartfelt Thanks to Bryce for his patience & the Smith for his fantastic work
When I received my customized katana, my expectations were exceeded. The sword is exactly what I wanted, and the materials are good quality for the price I paid. I'll definitely be ordering a matching wakizashi from Northshire in the near future.