Finding a sword repair shop.

by Kevin Ells
(Renton, WA)

this is just some of the rust

this is just some of the rust

QUESTION: I was recently given a limited edition katana by a friend of my family. It turns out that they had been using it for numerous purposes that shocked me. There are chips in the blade and it needs the rust romoved and the hilt needs to be re-wrapped. it basically needs a total overhaul and i need to know where to send it. the distance doesnt really matter as long as it can be restoerd.

ANSWER:Hi Kevin,

There really aren't that many places that do sword restoration, at least not those that do it for a reasonable price point.

Probably the most well known is Fred Lohman here: though this is around the US$800 mark.

You may be able to find other people on the various sword forums who will be able to help do it for a cheaper price.

Hope this helps.

- Paul

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I'm an amateur polisher in Vancouver
by: Caleb

If you're interested, I do traditional polishes as well as hybrid ones. My most expensive option does run for about $25 CAD per inch, but I can give you MANY options and depending on what you choose it may go as low as ~$80 CAD for the whole job. (excluding shipping)

Additionally, I would be glad to answer any questions absolutely for free; if you don't mind photographing and sending me the photos, I would not mind giving you a free assessment


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I'm no longer in Vancouver; pls disregard my post
by: Caleb

Thank you all for your inquiries, it has been an honor and joy answering your questions regarding your most interesting pieces and even being of help though I really am so unqualified.

I regret to say that I am no longer in Vancouver and that my original post no longer holds true, as it is ALMOST 10 YEARS OLD. I no longer have the $80 CAD finish (LOL), for example. $80 CAD back then can buy me almost twice as much stuff I can nowadays (especially if I convert it to USD). My full polishes still do run for under a grand, but I sincerely ask that you ignore my original posting, and, if I can be of help, be prepared that I'd have to assess your piece on a case-by-case basis.

But by all means send me your questions! I thought I'd eventually get to the point I'd rudely start ignoring your e-mails...but it's never happened yet! So I'll end by saying, best of luck to your restoration endeavors, I still wish you the best! -Caleb

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I have a samurai sword that my great-uncle bought back in the second World War. The handle wrappings have come off and I am looking for a company or business that can rewrap the sword. Nice caliber is in rough shape and I would also like that recovered. Does anyone know a business inside the Continental United States that does good work. Thanks guys, Brandon

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i recently came into possession of a saber that was used in my family during the american civil war and has been passed down from father to son until it finally got to me. however it is in desperate need of fixing and restoring so i was wondering if anyone knew where i could make that happen? money is not an obstacle

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