I am very pleased with a the sword I purchased from Swords of Northshire. From the choices available for customization to the price, these swords are the best I've found. I will be adding a matching wakizashi to the katana I have in the near future. If you're on the fence about buying, jump down! You won't be disappointed.
Just received my custom katana and let me tell you, this thing truly is a work of art!! Craftsmanship, the attention to detail the tight fit and the weight. I have a musashi that doesn't even compare to this and I thought that was a nice sword. Not to mention the outstanding customer service! (thank you Bryce!) Already working on my next one.... To be continued...
Really good quality swords. Attached are some photos I was sent for confirmation before shipping, it was exactly as i ordered
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.