Firstly let me just say the customer service on this website is second to none, emails are answered very quickly and almost every question you have gets a reply. Now onto the Katana itself, like another buyer on these reviews i had mine slightly customized, mainly because it was for a gift for a friend, so had their name put on it in Japanese Kanji, the pictures of the sword once it was made were sent via email, so you can view it before it gets shipped, and if you need anything else changing on it they will do so before its shipped out. Never used this website before to buy a Katana but will definitely be using it again, only thing i will say is if you have one shipped to the UK check the customs and excise fees, dont get ordering a very expensive sword then get hammered with customs duty unless you are willing to pay for it. Great website with some fantastic items on it. Highly recommend it.
This was the first proper katana I'd ever purchased. It feels solid, the blade was very smoothe and I'm sure it would perform well, although I haven't tested it. The blade doesn't arrive razor sharp, although it's sharp enough to be properly used in combat without dulling too quickly. The Ito (handle wrapping) was very firm, the "twists" between diamonds gave it an excellent grip. As far as complaints go, I only have two. One: Everything was packaged very tightly. Everything was wrapped in plastic, and the spare mekugi were taped to the plastic over handle wrapping. They broke in the process of removing them. Also, the mekugi (the wooden pegs that hold the tang in the hilt) were a tad inconsistently placed. The mekugi closer to the bottom of the hilt sticks out a bit, although it doesn't extend past the handle wrapping. It's a good first sword to purchase, that's for sure. I'll edit this after I put it through a cutting test.
Absolutely amazing value for money. I bought it for my boyfriends birthday and he loves it.
Is this sword when hand sharpened fit for cutting practice (Tameshigeri). somit Looks very nice ans seems very good produced ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Answer from Swords of Northshire: Yes, it is fit for tameshigiri. Can cut tatami mats and bamboo
Great looking sword, feels totally solid. I had it slightly customized to closely match the feel and weight of my custom Katana that I also got from Swords of North Shire. They were totally ablieging in doing that to one of there standard swords.