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


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