Our restoration services in Japan include sword polishing,
Habaki making, Saya and Tsunagi making, Tsukamaki and Saya
lacquering, using long - established artisans in each field,
including those at Mukansa level. We also offer certificates
of authentication from the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai
(Japanese Sword Museum) and sword study groups such as the
Nihon Token Hozon Kai.
We have maintained a solid continuing relationship
with the same, trusted agents in Japan during our career
and we are both committed to seeing that our clients
receive the best available work for the most reasonable
cost. To ensure this, we treat each piece as if it were
our own and will not recommend any unnecessary work. We
provide each client with a detailed contract, including
photograph or oshigata, when the item is sent to Japan,
listing all the approximate charges for restoration. All
Customs clearance, sword registration and de-registration
is handled expediently by our agents. Swords are sent by
Express to Japan and are independently insured for
whatever the client or agent deems to be an appropriate
amount for the journeys to and from Japan.
Many people are under the misconception that their
blades run the risk of being confiscated when sent to
Japan. In our thirty years in the business, we have never
heard of anybody experiencing this. Also, collectors
erroneously believe that their swords are 'tied up' in
Japan for three years or more. Depending on what
restoration services are required, most swords are
returned within nine months, some within six months.
Among the things that determine how long a blade is
gone are artisan workload, the schedule of Customs Import
Shinsa and the schedule of sword study group Shinsa.
We hope the results of our restoration services will
provide collectors with years of satisfaction in the
beauty of their swords.
Restoration Details and Charges