Swordsmiths in Japan are regulated by the government. Smiths have to be licensed and are restricted to making two long swords or three shorts swords per month. Every aspect of sword making by all the craftsmen involved is by hand.
Due to the various craftsmen involved in the completion of one blade, there are various waiting lists. On average, it takes approximately one year from your initial payment to complete your order. Longer if you have also ordered mountings.
After a brief discussion to confirm that your order meets your specifications, using our specialist translation services (sword terminology is complicated and most swordsmiths do not speak English), we will then place your order for you.
Use our F.A.Q. for more information.
Sword Appraisals in Japan
The Japanese sword is your premier gateway to the Japanese sword world. I am a native English speaker, based in Tokyo, and I have a vast number of fully traditionally trained swordsmiths, polishers, scabbard makers, handle wrappers, fittings makers, lacquerers and habaki makers at my service.
I also provide a top shinsa service. I am able to submit your swords, koshirae, and fittings to the major shinsa organisations based in Tokyo. We do our best to get you a result while your treasures are here with us in Japan.
Together with our many knowledgable friends and craftsmen here in Japan, if you don’t get the result that you hoped for, we can offer sound advice with further options before sending your artworks back to you.
Shinsa, F.A.Q. page here.
You can use our services to access the best craftsmen available in Japan today, The Japanese Sword can proudly offer the highest quality Japanese sword services available in the world.
Whatever your traditional Japanese sword needs are, whether it is polishing, shirasaya, koshirae, habaki, tsukamaki, lacquering, blade, fittings commission or complete restorations, we have connections to the traditionally fully apprenticed craftsmen in Japan that can meet those needs.
Craftsmen, including Living National Treasures, Master Craftsmen, Prize winning artisans and Iai-shinken related services too.
Feel free to contact us by sending us a message from the contact page. We look forward to hearing from you
You can also use our services to find access to the best Armor restroring craftsmen available in Japan today, The Japanese Sword can proudly offer the highest quality armor restoration services available in the world.
Whatever your Japanese warrior armor needs are, whether it is repairing, cleaning or complete restorations, we have connections to the traditionally fully apprenticed craftsmen in Japan that can meet those needs.
We also provide agent services for armor appraisal and certification by the Japanese Armour Society.
Also if you are looking to add to your collection of authentic Japanese armor,use our contact page. We may be able to help.
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