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5 ( 5 / 5 )
The crew at Swords Of Northshire are great. I emailed them several questions and received replies quickly. I also asked for a catalog of their sword options and was surprised to find a much larger amount of options to choose from. For the price, you cant go wrong. Know that there might be some inconsistencies in the options. I ordered Dark Brown Ito and Dark Brown Sageo and the colors did not match. And I was surprised to see that the SAME’GAWA looks plastic. But I will be using this as a training sword and did not (for this price) expect to have a sword that would fool anyone into thinking it was a more expensive item. I am very happy with my purchase and will buy more from Swords Of Northshire.
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I'm very pleased with my custom katana. The blade is smooth and the polish shows the folding and hamon exceptionally well. It's lighter than what I'm used to. I own a number of Cheness and Hanwei blades and this one is by far the most maneuverable and well balanced. It slices through small dowels, PVC pipe and bamboo like through butter. After some 20 hours of use it shows no significant scratches and is as sharp as new. The fittings are all tight and the ito has not moved an inch, which is a common problem with many of my other swords. The habaki is nicely fitted to the blade as opposed to the blade being filed to fit. The saya is a little loose which sometimes causes the blade to cut into the wood while re-sheathing but this is a common problem with many katana and easily solved with proper technique. Although I've not measured, it seems like the Sakihaba and Monouchi is a little thicker than the rest of the blade which makes it nice for cutting. The customer service was exceptional and delivery was fast. I will certainly recommend these blades to others.
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Buying my custom sword from Swords of Northshire was a fun and exciting experience! Choosing from the different options offered as well as having a visual representation of the sword gave me the satisfaction of making my own personal sword suited for my own taste. When my sword arrived, everything came in perfect condition and exceeded my expectations. From previous experiences of buying swords from other vendors, I always check the blade and fittings of the sword. Swords of Northshire has one of the best build qualities I have seen: everything from the ito to the fuchi & kashira, to the blade itself scream attention to detail and quality construction. The ito is tightly wrapped with no loose spots, the habaki / seppa as well as the tsuba are fitted perfectly that the blade will fit in the saya perfectly without coming out. The blade is forged very nicely and won't disappoint. Having the ability to choose what hamon the blade can have adds to the personal customization. I chose a red saya with a black sageo and all I have to say is the saya is very well constructed with thick walls. If you're looking for a sword that is reflection of yourself with amazing build quality and at a great price, Swords of Northshire is the place to go. So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and start creating that sword that you always wanted!
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
It is a wonderful work by Swords of Northshire. When I received the iaito katana, it was perfectly wrapped and in flawless condition. As soon as I got the sword out of the box, I examined the piece carefully. - The kashira (pommel) was tight - The tsuba (hand guard) was firm in place (and crafted excellently as well) - Habaki (blade collar) encircled the blade quite well - The hi (blood groove) was lined very well, with uniform depth - The kissaki (blade tip) was elegant - Overall blade was beautifully crafted I ordered the blade and I asked them to engrave a Japanese Kanji and also my name on the blade, and they have made a magnificent job. I could not see a flaw in any parts of the sword as a whole. A huge thanks to Swords of Northshire. Keep up the excellent work. - a swordsman and blacksmith. :)
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
This piece of pure art is exactly what i desired and more! I recommend this service as the best around for those who want the best quality for a price that is the most generous around. Truly the best of the best!
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