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SHINSA (Authentication)

We offer Shinsa (judging) and the subsequent issuing of papers of authentication from the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (N.B.T.H.K.) - the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords (Japanese Sword Museum) and the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (N.T.H.K.) - Japan Sword Preservation Society - in Tokyo Japan. The N.B.T.H.K. awards up to four levels of merit and the N.T.H.K. awards three for swords not retained in Japan. Both swords and Kodogu (fittings) can be submitted.

The N.B.T.H.K. Shinsa are generally held every other month except when a Juyo Token or Tokubetsu Juyo Token Shinsa is held, which is usually during the last or first half of the year respectively, the latter occurring only every two years. N.T.H.K. Shinsa are held more frequently. Therefore, swords sent to N.T.H.K. Shinsa are returned sooner than those submitted to the N.B.T.H.K..

  Swords Kodogu
N.B.T.H.K.    
Hozon $565. $375.
Tokubetsu Hozon $985. $600.
Juyo Token $1850. $1200.
Tokubetsu Juyo Token $2750.
 
N.T.H.K.    
Shinteisho $300.
Kanteisho $300.
Yushu Saku $1200.


Sayagaki Price on request.




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