But because you don't know much about swords, you're super happy with what you got because it showed up with the right color of ito and the fittings you wanted. Today there are probably 40-50 or so resellers how sell the damn cookie cutter swords with small customization options and slight differences. This forum is an outstanding learning tool and will help you to make highly informed purchases in the future. I was given a date by when to expect delivery. SoN normally overcharge at a rate much higher than other eBay vendors and use the same fittings as any other Chinese katana vendors. At this price the products are of expected quality, and what are the chances that they would ever be sold to a practitioner who knows something about cutting? Sometimes we must do these experiments for our students. The short answer is that they acted with integrity when I had a complaint, even though it was one of their less expensive products.
I was very skeptical until I finally saw and held the katana for the first time. Cutting:I did further cutting an abuse testing Cut through milk jugs cleanly with the factory edge and suffered no damage or looseness from being hit against a dead tree repeatedly. Both weapons are very sharp. It feels a good deal heavier, and rings like a bell when I use the uchiko, unlike both the original and my Koto blade. The sori was unchanged, but the blade does have a very different tone when struck; I don't know what that indicates.
Topics on the subject are not prohibited, but readers are encouraged to link to explaining the official stance. We understand the need for well-made historically accurate and battle worthy weapons for today's warrior. This isn't a classifieds list, but we do welcome makers, sellers, and teachers willing to engage with the community. The double sword stand hanger gives you an attractive way to store two blades. Swords of Northshire Review: Legit, Reliable or a Scam? Try SwordsofNorthshire discount codes if one is not accepted or you can also use pre-activated swordsofnorthshire. Before I purchase a blade from them I need to know that I'm getting quality.
Practically anyone can afford that. The overall shape of the tsuka is straight, although there is a slight taper in the first version. Their return policy is 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can send a sword back in original condition for either exchange, replacement or full refund. In that process I found that the tsuka on these products, not surprisingly at the price, have cheap skin, ground smooth at the ha and mune, with double-sided sticky-tape there to hold the ito from slipping while being wrapped. Good Tamahagane can be extremely pricey however, so i opted for the 1060 carbon steel option which is completely non traditional of course. Hey all, While doing research for a new cutter, I stumbled upon a website called swordsofnorthshire. Specifications from their website, i should probably get around to doing this myself.
Next time you are looking for a new sword, post a thread here, we'll do our best to get you the best bang for your buck for what you want to do with your sword. My Swords of Northshire Review The site is setup very similar to Swords of the East which makes it nice going back and forth between the two while looking for the perfect katana for sale. Well I bought from a few places and had various results. Cons: -A few scratches, minor. We do comprehensive breakdowns of whether companies like Swords of Northshire are legit, trustworthy, reliable, or scams. You can also read reviews on their facebook page, so overall - the short answer is yes, they are reputable and worth checking out. It even makes the sword feel different.
Gone are the days when you could just drop into a gun show and find a Koto blade for a song, as I did so long ago. What we see most of the time is people, such as yourself, who don't really know much about swords. What we see most of the time is people, such as yourself, who don't really know much about swords. I have a great deal of experience with blades of all kinds, I know most forging methods by heart and I know a quality blade when I pick it up. What you can expect is a solid styrofoam block completely wrapped in packing tape with a cutout in the middle that fit the blade.
People keep wanting more and more specialized products yet the overall quality of the swords is getting worse along with prices going down. Finally, be aware that Reddit automatically shadow-blocks posts that link to your own materials too often; as mods we have zero ability to stop this. Disclosure This was my first sword purchase ever so i'm probably not as experienced at knowing good balance on a blade and such, but I have a good understanding of ideal craftsmanship from reading as well as watching videos. I wanted to list them though since I see they are a forgery gaining momentum in the handmade katana realm. I got a rusty old iron military kashira, and cut down the tsuka to fit.
Because of their outstanding customer care, you're sure to have a good experience buying your next custom sword. But posting your review did prompt some of us to respond and gave you a chance to get some valuable information to take away from this purchase. Each sword has been fully handmade from start to finish. Not strictly for practice as I'd probably get something blunt if I was to use it only for learning, practicing moves etc, but just an all around good personalized start to a collection. Handle: Wonderfully solid handle construction, very tightly fit, the leather wrap is as good as i could ask for as well. I actually used their chat function to track the progress of my swords which made it pretty simple.
I've seen SoN before and knew that it was also connected to the dreaded Ryanswords, but I'll withhold judgment even with that in mind. I think you could have gotten much more for your money, but by the same token, I'm glad you liked what you got. Then I filmed two kata. The details follow, for those interested in the product. As you set off on your journey to find the sword that best fits you, you may find something that is more aligned with your personal preferences. It was a nice lacquered finish and the saya as a whole is very light. The leather wrap was super tight and really satisfying Ordering this was very easy, the website is easily navigated and everything is well explained save for a few questions i had about the forging process, i was very pleasantly surprised with the customer service.
Both specialize in asian swords Chinese, Japanese, etc. This is really two reviews, one for the swords, and one for the seller. Climbing off an airplane and walking in on a smith without introduction invites trouble on both sides of the equation and that is even if it is possible to simply fly to Japan for this kind of excursion. Link to custom Katana page: Hope this is useful for you guys! A subreddit for enthusiasts, practitioners, collectors, and investigators of swords and related historical weapons. I want to thank you for all your help it is truly appreciated. Next time you are looking for a new sword, post a thread here, we'll do our best to get you the best bang for your buck for what you want to do with your sword. It brings out the beauty in all of your Japanese and Chinese swords.