I received my custom katana earlier this week. First of all, was really impressed with the packaging. When I removed the sword from the bag I was very impressed. The fit and finish of the handle and saya was tight and close. Drawing the blade from it just made me smile. It was well oiled and sharp. Before doing any cutting with it, I wiped the blade with rice paper and did a quick polish on it. Even that was a mind focusing and clearing experience. I will be taking the time on a regular basis to sit and quietly clean, polish, and oil the blade. I then went out into my yard and did some light cutting of millet stalks I have growing. They are perhaps an 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 inch in diameter. The blade slid through them like warm butter. Clean and precise cuts. I will be ordering a matching custom wakizashi soon and I will be going for the razor edge on it. I'm waiting on some mats to practice more heavy cutting. In the meantime it's getting to be the time when you can start buying corn stalks. Bundled together these make economical cutting targets. I have not had to sharpen the sword yet but I have purchased some good stones for that. I was a butcher in a previous career and putting a razor edge on a blade is an art and another calming process. Swords of Northshire exceeded my expectations and in addition to my own new blade I am considering buying one as a gift for my son.
I just received my custom katana yesterday. I am very pleased. The blade is straight and true with excellent balance for me. A preliminary cutting test in my yard was eye opening. I did not opt for the razor edge since I plan to use this for heavier cutting but it is still extremely sharp and tough vegetation was sliced cleanly with no evidence on the blade of having been used. I will gradually work up to matting. Right now I'm going to concentrate on cleaning and polishing practice as well as some light edge dressing. The sword fittings are tight and there is no looseness in the handle. It arrived well oiled in just under two weeks. I am so happy with it that there is a good chance I will order a matching wakizashi as well as a sword for my son for his birthday/Christmas present. Based on this experience there is a very good chance this is not my last purchase of a custom katana. Thanks for an excellent experience and great product.
I doubted at first, but when it came, it blew me away with the quality. This sword is mine and mine alone.
I am very happy with my sword. I like it better than my Cold Steel emperor series katana. My sword came to me exactly like I ordered. My only issue was delivery but that was an issue with USPS.
Beautiful and masterfully crafted. Amazing customer support. If you're looking for a custom sword this is your place. Phenomenal quality.