I just got my custom katana in the mail and it's gorgeous! Customer service is super helpful and everything arrived in amazing condition. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great sword.
This was the first sword I purchased from Swords of Northshire. I had looked around and investigated reviews, like you are, and was skeptical. I am now sorry I did not pay a little more for a better folded steel/clay tempered blade for my katana as the one I received is beautiful in its own right. The is a very slight curve to the right in the blade but expected. Yes the Hamon is fake but still nicely done. The Tsuka and the adornments are beautiful and set well. They are tight well fitted. There is a slight laquer defect in the top center of the Saya (mostly noticed on display stand) that kind of draws your eyes because the rest of the Saya is smooth and well finished. Beautiful coloring. They keep you informed as to when they have begun constructing your sword and when it is shipping and provide details.
Now that I am familiar with Swords of Northshire work, I will soon be ordering a Wakizashi with a higher quality blade to display alongside this piece.
Beautiful swords. My blade came with a very tiny chip and they allowed me to have it replaced. Plus the customer service was excellent and they replied promptly
I’m sooo happy with my custom Katana you have a new customer! I will let all my students know about your products thank you.
I purchased a custom 1095 folded steel clay tempered katana. The hada is ayasugi style resembling wood grain. The hamon is flowing and natural, it has not been etched or ground into the blade like some disreputable companies will do. The overall balance of the blade fits my style well, and some practice cutting shows it keeps a fine edge without being to brittle. The customer service is fantastic as they sent me photos of the sword to confirm before they shipped it. All the fittings are high quality, and the protective case and sword bag are both well made. This is a fantastic place for a great deal on a functional sword that is beautiful enough for display.