Absolutely love the craftsmanship with this custom piece. Swords of Northshire was wonderful to communicate with. Always very timely and extremely accommodating. Listened to every detail I was looking for, and did their best to make my dream (and the recipient of this sword's dream) come true. I would and will definitely be back again to re-order another in the future.
- Cassy L
The sword is forged and assembled very well, very fast shipping, great service and courteous. Anyone who wants to buy a sword, this is the place!
- Simone
Impressed by their professional approach. They were quick to respond to my questions and give offers of assistance. The custom made Katana was a true beauty and I am very satisfied with every aspect of my dealings with them. I can highly recommend Swords of Northshire to anyone seeking a finely crafted excellent quality sword for a very reasonable price.
- Colin M
Our son was absolutely speechless when he unwrapped the sword. He loves it. We needed a rush build and the sword came on time. It looks very elegant-well made with handsome parts. Also, customer service was very helpful. Thank you very much.
- JGR
I am extremely satisfied with Swords of Northshire. Aside from my custom katana being absolutely beautiful and well made, their customer service is outstanding. They accommodated me at every step. My second custom katana is in the mail now! Can't recommend them enough, and will certainly be doing more business in the future.
- Matt K
The quality in craftsmanship of the sword I had custom made is impeccable. The materials are beautiful. The staff were always available when needed and very informative.
- Paul S

Shirasaya

Shirasaya

The shirasaya sword has a unique history and is quite popular among collectors due to its sleek aesthetic. The word shirasaya translates to “white scabbard” and describes the clean design of the scabbard, rather than the blade. A traditional Japanese shirasaya can include katanas, wakizashis, and even tantos within its stylistic requirements. 

 

Shirasaya scabbards can be used to protect all types of blades, including yaris or spears. The main purpose of a shirasaya is to preserve the samurai sword blade when it is not being used. This type of scabbard is not meant to be used during combat because there is no tsuba (hand guard) or handle wrappings to ensure a strong grip. Most shirasaya designs are a simple wooden scabbard with an occasional sword appraisal (sayagaki) written on the outside. 

 

The shirasaya was extremely simple in comparison to the koshirae, a more detailed sword mounting technique used on most samurai swords. The simplicity of the shirasaya is a beautiful compliment to any samurai blade. Explore swords made specifically for the shirasaya style scabbard and tsuka at Swords of Northshire.

 

Our Shirasaya Sword Selection

 

Whether you want a shirasaya for katana or wakizashi blades, you can find them in our vast collection. Discover the perfect style for your needs in the dojo, for ceremonies, or to put on display. These stunning scabbards complement and preserve their blades in times of peace. 

 

Each of our simple style scabbard and blade combinations are made of premium steel, including folded Damascus steel, 1060 high carbon steel, or 1095 high carbon steel. We also carry several hand painted scabbards and color infused blades in this collection.

 

The Swords of Northshire Promise 

Our scabbard and tsukas are made with the highest-quality materials in the simple traditional design. Whether you’re looking for a wakizashi to add to your collection or a ninja sword for battle, take a look at our selection of shirasaya swords for a smooth, elegant design. Shop Swords of Northshire now for handcrafted, made-to-order pieces.

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Katana Shirasaya Featuring a 1095 high carbon steel blade, this katana shirasaya is clay tempered..
$364.99
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This is a well-made folded steel Shirasaya, following the traditional Japanese process. The blade is..
$239.99
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This  Zatoichi Shirasaya Ninja Sword is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a po..
$376.99
Based on 2 reviews.
This is a well-made colorful folded steel sword, following the traditional Japanese process. The bla..
$319.99
This is a well-made folded steel Shirasaya, following the traditional Japanese process. The blade is..
$239.99
Based on 1 reviews.
This is a well-made folded steel Shirasaya, following the traditional Japanese process. The blade is..
$219.99
Based on 3 reviews.
This sword is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a polished mirror-like surface. It ..
$364.99
This is a well-made colorful folded steel sword, following the traditional Japanese process. The bla..
$319.99
This shirasaya sword set is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a polished mirro..
$869.99
This sword is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a polished mirror-like surface. It ..
$369.99