They sent wrong sword, want me to pay for their mistake !
by Lawrence Fowler
I purchased a Musashi Wind Dragon Katana online. The one purchased has the Musashi Stamp on the habaki, overall length 39", blade 27" weight 2.6 lb. Cost $79.00 US, with shipping to Oz $188 AUD. The sword that arrived had no Musashi Stamp on the habaki, overall blade length 40", blade approx 28" and weighes more than 2.6 lb. James at Swords Of The East assures me they have the katana with the Musashi stamp etc, but wants me to pay for return postage before he will send me the correct Katana. Postage back to him is $295.10 AUD. The sword was shipped via their Fedex Account to me costing $52.00 US. Initially I offered to pay $52.00 US to him if he would arrange to have Fedex pick it up and deliver it to him via Swords of the East Fedex Account but he ingored me. He wants me to foot the bill for his mistake, I cannot afford that kind of money $295. He claims it is Musashi's fault for not not informing him of fluctuations in weight and measurement, that is absolute bullshit, since he claims to have checked the katana before sending it, how did he check the katana without noticing there was no Musashi Stamp on the habaki ? To make matters worse, the katana he sent has a 3" flaw in the blade between 8" and 11" from the tip, the Hi, or blood groove squiggles off line for that 3". It ruins the whole asthetic value of the blade and who in their right mind is going to do some serious cutting with a blade that he knows is defected, (dangerous). He, James refuses to pay for sending me the wrong Katana, which leads me to believe his business ethics are highly questionable ? Federal Trade Commission is being contacted. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. The katana I ordered is the one advertised at his website.