Is "Swords of Northshire" reputable?
I've been looking at buying another custom sword, I'm not saying in detail what I'm having done on here, but I've been checking out their site and not only are there basic customization options I can have it customized down to the last detail.
MY ONLY CONCERN is that while the region of "longquan" is famous for producing the best swords in china, and many of their greatest kung-fu masters purchase their blades from that region, there are so many different shops and makers in the region and many swords even the high end ones from that region can suffer from loose blades or unsecured fittings (mainly due to everyone trying to jump on the bandwagon of the provinces reputation) so my question is do any of you, or someone you know very well, have any experience with SWORDS OF NORTHSHIRE?
If so was your/their experience good or bad? If bad what issues did you find with their work? The price range can be anywhere from $80 to over $3500 dollars. From what I can tell their work is good, but I would like a second opinion before purchase. Any sword I buy must be not only elegant, but fully functional and efficient. 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. Before I purchase a blade from them I need to know that I'm getting quality. Thanks in advance guys and gal's.