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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Well worth the money for a custom sword, excellent customer support and contact. Adding specific things such as custom lengths full samegawa wrap to the handle. I wasn't sure about ordering a custom sword online and all at first, but I went for it and Swords of Northshire delivered more than well. I got my custom made Nodachi exactly as I wanted it. Two very worth mentioning things are: 1.)Saya and sword fits great, and hold the sword safely without being too tight or too loose. 2.)The handle is not bulky/blocky which sometimes unfortunately is a fact with some mass produced modern katanas from certain retailers. Thank you Swords of Northshire for your customer support and for making a sword I have wanted for a long time.
Really beautiful work, with great balance and feel. Custom was the only way to find a 31" blade, and this is everything I had hoped for.
1095 folded and clay tempered katana: dangerously sharp. For context, i disassemble the blade for maintenance regularly because of the conditions it’s subjected to. While i had it apart one time, i left the blade out in the open while i took a picture of the tsuba i had on it. When i went to go put it back together, my middle toe caught the edge of the blade and sliced off the skin down to the lowest parts with minimal effort, and due to damage inflicted almost had to go to urgent care. That being said, these blades are higher end than many competitors, which is the price you pay. Now while not as coveted or aesthetically pleasing as the more prominent polish jobs for the hamon on a tamahagane blade, this blade in particular holds a strength and usability on par with some more modern super steel blades. I got mine with a bo-hi so i can align the edge with my plane of swing for best results, which incidentally has also sliced some softwood furniture and created a new edge not unlike a planing device in woodworking. This blade was made with more attention given to it, and i say that because it feels like a living steel. None of my other swords display this property, so i suspect they put way more effort and attention to these swords than some others might.
Amazing customer service. Before shipping my order they emailed me photos of the sword to make sure everything was to my specifications, which is was. However, after viewing the photos, I realized one of the customization which I requested did not look how I imagined it would. Even though it was done EXACTLY as I requested. I asked the rep if it would be possible to change the customization to something different, and offered to pay for the change (keep in mind this was a CHANGE to a customization that I requested). The rep made the change without any issue and didn’t even charge me anything extra! My sword then shipped and arrived in perfect condition. Swords of Northshire are unquestionably the best in this price range, and I have seen companies charge much more for much lower quality items.