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5 ( 5 / 5 )
I had my son customize his katana one day and then months later I bought it for him and surprised him for his birthday. This katana is the talk of my house. He loves it. The craftsmanship on this was extremely good. Had it engraved and even got the stand for it. I will be purchasing another smaller one to fit his stand. Great customer service and fast delivery.
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3 ( 3 / 5 )
Overall a positive experience. Any questions I had during the time my order was being built, were answered promptly. It took longer than expected for me to receive my sword because customs shipped it back to Swords of the Northshire for some reason... Also there are small blemishes on either side of the blade near the tip of the sword as well. These should not affect function but aesthetically the blemishes definitely bother me. The sword feels great in my hands and the fit and finish are great (other than the marks on the blade). This is my first katana so I do not have much to compare it to. I am not sure I would purchase again because what ever quality control measures are in place, lets blades with blemishes get sent to customers. This error should have been caught and never sent out to me.
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
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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5 ( 5 / 5 )
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 )
I just received my first sword this week, and I gotta say, they did a PERFECT job on everything!!! My custom sword is a Tang Dao Straight Blade with a S-shaped handguard that's not even in their catalog, and they still made it exactly how I wanted from just a picture I provided!!! After this, I will definitely order swords exclusively from this site now!
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