This sword is very nice. I love it. I just bought it last week.
I am very impressed with this sword. I bought it as a birthday present for my son and having seen its quality and level of finish I plan to order a sword from North shire for myself to use. The owner responds to questions very quickly and is very helpful. The options available are quite extraordinary. and the time from order to receipt was just fantastic. It was just over 1 week from planning the order to receiving it in Australia.
This is a great sword. The hamon can either be acid etched or left off, I chose to have it left off. This is a great sword for practicing forms with or for Iaido.
The sword is very nice quality. All the fittings are very snug and I've found no issues with the handle or blade. I was a bit concerned about the Bo-Hi at first from the pictures sent, but when I got the sword everything was perfect. The customer service was excellent. The only issue I have is that the possible hamons are all acid etched, so I opted for a plain blade. If you want a real hamon there is a slightly more expensive katana(make your own I believe) that allows for clay tempering. Very good for the price though.
I had received great service when I had questions about the product. The sword looks beautiful in person and the blade is very sturdy. The sword is wonderful especially for its price.