As the holidays are right around the corner, many of us are starting to thinking about gift giving. This year, I am telling myself that I’m not going to wait until the last minute to get everyone on my list done. Ha! Wishful thinking, right? But it is the end of September and I’m at least starting to think of ideas. That’s progress at least!
So every year, advertisers bombard us with the coolest, latest electronics out there. Tablets, smartphones, smart watches, fancy TVs, and so many other gadgets I haven’t even thought of. Our family has been consistently living a more active lifestyle this last year and a half. When it comes to gift giving this year, I don’t just want to give them the latest gadget. I want to be sure they get some gifts that encourage a healthy activity or staying active.
I have way too much screen time in my daily routine. As a blogger, this is how I make my living. So I am constantly checking my e-mail, social media pages, blogging, and so on. But I don’t think that as adults we always think about the impact of too much time on electronics can do to our health. Did you know that you can actually damage your neck from looking at your smartphone too much? Not to mention, if you don’t get up and moving, you’re putting yourself at risk for weight gain. And we all know the negative side effects of obesity.
As you shop around for active gift ideas this year, a sword (or katana) is not only a unique idea; but one that could encourage activity in the intended recipient’s daily life. Modern sword fighting is a beautiful art form and not to mention, a very good way to exercise. If that isn’t your goal, swords make a very beautiful collector’s item and can make a beautiful display in your home. Who knows? Maybe building a custom sword display could become a new talen to master.
The Swords of Northshire has a wide variety of functional samurai swords and historical weapons. They value the customer’s experience above all. When building a custom-made hand forged sword, there is a special process. The swordsmithing town of Longquan, China is located in the remote mountains of Qinxi. For 2,600 years the art of blade making has been continued here near the Ou River. Special attention is paid to every detail in the creation process.
There are several options to consider when making a sword. The blade length can be your choice, or Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto. The blade material is a 1060 high carbon steel “all the way to the labor-intensive tamahagene”. When picking the blade guard (Tsuba), there are over a hundred unique blade guard designs. The handle wrapping (Ito color) is available in silk or leather and there are a variety of colors. Engraving is also available, whether it be your name, swordsmiths’ name, or even a symbol in English, Chinese, or Japanese Kanji. The Hamon type includes Notare (wavy), Midare (irregular), Sugu (straight), or Natural Clay Temper Harmon. There are more ways to customize your sword such as blade color, straight blade, blade geometry, rayskin wrapped saya, and more. Swords of Northshire is open to any requests customers wish to discuss.
That’s a lot of language usage you probably didn’t understand, right? What customers can also appreciate is that Swords of Northshire offers a glossary on their website to make the customization process a little easier. I honestly would have no idea where to start when customizing such an elegant swords, so it’s something I would refer to. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can always call customer service if you have any questions or issues during the process.
If designing a custom sword isn’t what you have in mind, the Swords of Northshire offers a lot of other choices. I spent a lot of time browsing through the replica swords. I used to be a big Braveheart fan and they have some replica swords from the movie that caught my eye! Another beautiful replica they have is from the movie Kill Bill. I have never considered collecting replica swords before, but I think this would be a beautiful display piece in any home. If you’re on a budget, they even have a selection of swords under $200.