1095 folded, clay tempered katana
pros: appearance, quality, feel/balance, price, does not rattle in saya
cons: blade sharpness is not consistent from yokote to hamachi.
overall: Still give it 5 stars. I plan to buy another one or two..
Fantastic sword, delivered quickly and professionally, exactly as I ordered it. Such a beautiful blade, and it feels nice and well-balanced in hand as well. I can't wait to try it out on some tatami mats! Thanks to the smiths and also thanks to Bryce for the top notch customer service! Cheers!
I can't believe what these guys did for me. I made blades back in the day, so I know more than a thing or two.
1.Customer Service is best I ever got
2.They have more options and will work with you to get the perfect blade for you
3. I asked for a katana with a 41ish nagasa, and a 12 inch handle. I have NO idea how this huge beast has such good balance, but it's on another level!
4. The packaging is over the top awesome. This thing could float at sea and probably be fine in 1k years!
5. I can't even explain how good it looks in person. I'll probably take some white to the wheel and sharpen it a little, get a TEENY bit more shine. But it is a definite mirror polish. I just personally take blades sharper(Maybe oversharp, but since I can fix in shop after every use, it's never been an issue) With a 41 inch nagasa I can't IMAGINE they were pleased to polish and sharpen it, so I don't hold the dulling against them. It didn't do tell with the paper test, but after I make my part 2 video(I'm injured or else it would be done), I will show you what a true Swords of Northshire is capable of! The Ito is SO tight I can't move it, NO wobbles, doesn't fall out of sheath at ALL. Very tight! If somebody asked this of me, I would of charged them 2k probably. For real. This is a good deal, I was co-owner of Spokane Forge! I know a nice blade when I see one!
The fittings are all secured. The only thing I have yet to do is a cut test, which I plan on doing in a few days! For part one of the unboxing, check it out here!
All I can say is wow!!! I own 23 katanas, and my Northshire custom katana instantly became my favorite!! From the look of the sword to how it feels in my hand, its everything I hoped for!!! They were so receptive to what I wanted, and believe me I sent many many emails.. They were always polite, and always responded very quickly!! The customer service was exceptional!!! Back to the sword itself. Its beautiful, and perfectly balanced!! It feels so connected to my hand!! The balance is so good it feels almost like I'm holding nothing in my hand, but in actual weight it's right in the middle of all the swords I own.. I own swords from all the well known major companies, and this sword hands down beats them all!!!! I have already ordered another, and will order more in the future!!! I obviously definitely recommend to any true katana lover to give them a try!!!! You wont regret it!!!!
The sword I recently purchased is fantastic. I ordered the custom made katana. It came out just as pictured during the ordering process. It is beautiful, sharp, and well put together. The customer service was quick to respond to any questions I had along the way. It was well-packaged for delivery as well. I look forward to buying something else from Northshire!