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SWORD POLISHING

There are countless sword polishers in Japan of varying abilities, some famous, some not so well known and we can employ any of them. However, this may require advance payment in many cases. The polishers we generally use, including Naruse Shigekazu, are from the Fujishiro School and have been polishing in Japan for more than three or four decades. We have a special arrangement with all our regular artisans that payment can be deferred until the item has been returned from Japan. The vast majority of our polishes are Grade One Polish, which are preferred for Tokubetsu Hozon level, but we can also offer, in rare cases, a Middle Grade Polish for some lesser blades or blades that may have extensive Kizu (flaws). We will only suggest this polish if we feel the condition of the blade does not warrant the best polish.

A range is given for each size of blade and grade of polish and factors such as length, condition and type of temper will determine the final cost. Extra long blades and the existence of any Horimono (carving), including Bo-Hi or Soe-Bi (grooves) will result in increased charges.

We also offer Juyo Grade Polishes and the price will vary with each piece.

GRADE ONE POLISH
  Katana $2000. - $2550.
  Wakizashi $1550. - $2000.
  Tanto $1150. - $1550.
MIDDLE CLASS POLISH
  Katana $1550. - $2000.
  Wakizashi $1250. - $1550.
  Tanto $850. - $1250.

YARI
  Over 30 cm. Same cost as Katana
  15 - 30 cm. Same cost as Wakizashi
  Under 15 cm. Same cost as Tanto

NAGINATA
  Up to 50% over sword polishing prices

JUYO GRADE POLISH
  Katana $3500. - $4000.
  Wakizashi $2950. - $3500.
  Tanto $2350. - $2650.



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