SBG Custom Katana Gallery

Since we started making the SBG custom Katana in 2008 our forge has created many hundred different unique blade and component configurations that have satisfied both collectors and hard core martial artists the world over.

In this Gallery, we take a look at some of these combinations - from batches of swords at the forge to customer submitted reviews, images and collages.

It's a lot of fun so I hope you will enjoy it and perhaps find some inspiration for your own unique design...

Custom Katana at the Forge

Here are some pictures of the custom Katana at the forge and images of the craftsmen who make them at work. Please click on an image to bring up the full sized image and description.

First up, a couple of pictures from the forge itself - the forge we use is a very small one, but they specialize in making exceptional quality blades using traditional hand forged methods.

Below are some of the completed swords from previous batches ready to be packed up and shipped out to my Canadian agent for final inspection and shipping.

Custom Katana at the Dojo

The SBG Custom Katana have been a hit with serious martial artists worldwide because of the price, the quality of the traditional blades and of course because they can be customized to be a very personal sword. Here are a few pics submitted to us by previous customers who purchased their swords for serious martial arts applications.

Custom Katana 3.0 - Favorite Fittings

Launched in April 2013, the third generation of this sword was based on the need to take the fittings to a new level and streamline the available options.

The current version now uses only PREMIUM fittings in either iron or hardened copper with gold. Here are some of my favorite fittings..


Solid iron for maximum durability. A selection of iron Fuchigashira (tsuka/handle mounts) compliment this series.


Annealed, work hardened copper sets plated with real gold and silver inlay! This upgrade is available at no additional cost with a wide variety of themes and styles for those who want some extra 'bling' without sacrificing too much in the way of durability.

You can of course see the full range of available options in our store here.

Reviews and Submissions

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Other Visitors Designs

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blackwater dragon 
Just opened the box yesterday, and I was blown away. This katana is perfect. Thank you SBG, and to the boys at the forge, keep up the good work. Blue cotton …

SBG $330 Custom Katana 
Hello SBG readers. My name is Thiago, I am Brazillian, and am about to review a SBG custom sword First of all I want to congratulate and express my …

The sword 'Tempest' 
29" blade with bo-hi. White marbled saya. B99 Tsuba, C9 fittings, Black synthetic Ito, white ray-skin.

SBG Custom Katana  
I chose to order a SBG Custom Katana because the value was exceptional. I started with a 29" Standard Bo-hi Blade. I selected the P2 Tsuba, the C10 Fuchi/Kashira, …

Rouge Wave "Nomi gorotsuki" 
I wanted to go with a water theme. Having been a professional diver and United States Merchant Marine officer this seemed like a no brainier. The tsuba …

27" Blade w/ Bo-hi,Tsuba P2,Fittings C3,Ito A6 - Blue Cotton,White Same,Saya 2 - Dark Blue, Sparkling  
i wanted a sword that would be light and fast with an overall dragon theme. this one came out exactly like the picture in my head. the color is a tribute …

Custom katana with folded steel option and an oni on the tsuba Not rated yet
Yet another katana was wanted, but one that was a little better dressed than "average", but what to choose? After going over the write-ups and reviews …

Power cutter, katana generally following Dotanuki tradition Not rated yet
29" No-HI folded T10 DH clay tempered blade with distinct fold lines and hamon (heavyweight blade), Poison Ivy iron tsuba (lightweight tsuba), Japanese …

Premade "Black Dragon" Katana Not rated yet
(I did not post any pictures because this design is already in the gallery) This was my first katana purchase, and I told myself, if I'm going to buy …

29 in. blade (folded) with bo-hi, small tsuba, 14 in. tsuka with leather wrap, textured saya. Not rated yet
Now that I've had some time to get to know the sword a bit, I'd like to share a few things about it. First, the positive thoughts. The blade itself - …

Katana -Bamboo theme, with hand crafted bed-side stand. Not rated yet
28" blade with bo-hi, Black cotton ito, white rayskin, bamboo Tsuba and matching Fuchi/Kashira plus textured black saya. The stand is hand crafted specifically …

Standard blade, 29", No Hi, extra option H19-phoenix Tsuba, C9 swirl fittings, B7 Brown synthetic Ito, White rayskin, and S10-Dark Blue Saya. Not rated yet
So after reading reviews and checking out all the hype about the sbg custom katana, I decided to get one too. It arrived last night, and I am both pleased …

Dark Blood Katana - 27" Blade/ 12.5" Tsuka Not rated yet
I photographed my sword immediately when I got it so that I could write up an immediate "first impression" review. The packaging was very well done …

All-white Katana Not rated yet
I'm absolutely impressed by the quality of this sword. I haven't actually used it for cutting anything yet, but it feels very solid. No worries about it …

No hi Tsuba - B116 Fitting - C9 Ito B8 - Black/Blue Cord Black Rayskin S10 - Dark Blu Not rated yet
Tsunami's Fury is the name of my custom design reflects the power of the ocean with a blue saya as well as a dark handle with blue and white ito wrap. …

27 inch "Fire Dragon" katana Not rated yet
I have been practicing Iaido for a few years now, and after using first a bokken, then an iaito, I finally felt ready to purchase my first katana. I wanted …

My personal experience with SBG Store and SBG Custom Not rated yet
While my initial experience with SBG Custom was not so sweet(refer to review for full explanation) , after owning the sword for a while after Paul had …

29" Dark Wave Katana Not rated yet
29" blade w/bo-hi, B116 tsuba, C9 fittings, A1 blue cotton ito, black same, S11 black textured saya I generally like mokko gata (4 lobed) tsubas, but …

Custom Ko Katana Not rated yet
Katanas suitable for small women are difficult to find. I may be on the low-side in stature, but I want my blade to be high in both performance and style. …

Oyabun Not rated yet
Its absolutely stunning to begin with! Im so glad i bought it! And good god what quality it is on that blade,and the saya looks mean and shiny,hehe!!! …

SBG $330 Custom Katana with standard 28" no hi blade, alloy tsuba and fittings with gold highlited flower design, black on black ito/same', textured black saya Not rated yet
Standard Blade 28" Blade No hi Tsuba - B113 Fittings - C25 Ito A5 - Black Cotton Black Rayskin S11 - Black, Texture My first katana; for an entry …

S1 Saya, P17 Tsuba, C13 Fuchigashira,B7 Ito, Black Same, Bohi, Unsharpened Not rated yet
S1 Saya, P17 Tsuba, C13 Fuchigashira,B7 Ito, Black Same, Bohi, Unsharpened (Iaito) The Sageo has been replaced and the shitodome have been removed.

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