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Order Process

Order Process

Inquiry / Consultation

First, please feel free to consult with us casually by phone or using our online inquiry form.
We will ask you to confirm details about the name of the sword that you wish to purchase, and warlord who owned it, etc.
If you do not have a detailed knowledge of Japanese swords, or do not know details of the sword you wish to purchase, please tell us about a warlord who are interested in, and some historical facts surrounding them. We will suggest and provide a great sword to match your preferences.
We receive a wide range of inquiries and requests, including some of the following examples:

“I would like to purchase the sword that Oda Nobunaga actually used in real life.”
“I’m interested in purchasing the sword that Toyotomi Hideyoshi was fondest of.”
“I would like you to introduce a famous sword representative of the swords produced during the Muromachi period.” etc.

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Inquiry / Consultation

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Discussions

We meet directly with our customers to hold detailed discussions regarding reference materials, details of the desired koshirae (mountings and decorations), delivery period, method of delivery, and so on.
Where customers wish to purchase a sword not based on a currently existing sword, we can consult regarding the creation of a sword based on historical evidence and facts, the swordsmith, the period during which the sword was produced, and the region in which it was produced.
With regard to delivery methods, for overseas locations, please be aware that there are some countries and regions to which we cannot deliver our swords due to the nature of the product.

*There are some locations where we are unable to travel to hold direct meetings. We will consult with you regarding the location of the meeting in advance. We ask for your cooperation with regard to this.

Discussions

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Quotation

Based on our discussions, we will prepare and send a cost quotation to you.
*Depending on the circumstances, it is also possible to make payment directly at the time of our meeting.

[Example Prices] (excluding tax)
Dōjigiri “Monster Cutter” Yasutsuna, as used by Minamoto no Yorimitsu: ¥1,800,000
Heshikiri Hasebe, as used by Kuroda “Kanbei” Jōsui: ¥1,800,000
Yamatorige, as used by Uesugi Kenshin: ¥1,800,000
Sohaya no Tsurugi Utsusu Nari, as used by Tokugawa Ieyasu: ¥1,800,000
Aizen Kunitoshi, as used by Mori Tadamasa: ¥1,200,000

*Please feel free to consult with us regarding swords other than those listed above.
*Please note that prices are subject to change.

Quotation

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Production (Sword Making Process)

It takes between around 12 and 18 months for your sword to be completed after forming our initial agreement.
Because the sword making process is so long, we send messages around 2 to 3 times each month, with photographs attached, to inform you of the state of progress with regard to the production of your sword. (The e-mail messages can also be viewed using a cellphone.)
We hope that you will enjoy watching as the production of your own, highly particular personal sword gradually progresses towards completion.

Production (Sword Making Process)

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Delivery

When delivering your sword, we will deliver it directly ourselves. *Where we are unable to deliver your sword directly due to your location or region, we will dispatch it by courier.
When delivering your sword, we will also offer advice regarding precautions for handling it, and where and how to store it.
If you discover any defects or problems with your sword after delivery, please call us, and we will do everything possible to help. We truly hope that you will enjoy the experience of owning a real, authentic Japanese sword.

Delivery

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below is a summary of questions that we are frequently asked by customers. If you have any other questions that are not listed below, please make an inquiry.

What kind of information will be contained in the e-mails sent to me during the sword making process?

We will inform you of the current stage in the sword making process (including photographs of the current state of your sword), and will provide information on the processes that lie ahead. We hope that you will enjoy looking at the polishing of your sword, and watching the processes involved in producing the koshirae (mountings and decorations).

Is there anything that I need to prepare for at the time of delivery?

Aside from securing a location in which to store your sword, there is nothing in particular that you need to prepare. Depending on the location you use to store your sword, there is a possibility that the sword may be damaged during storage. We will inform you of various precautions, etc., regarding storage by the time of delivery.

How do you go about producing swords for which no actual sword currently exists?

In some cases, we produce swords made on existing reference materials. While there are some parts that we recreate based entirely on conjecture, we explain in detail regarding this at the time of our initial meeting and discussions.

How long does the sword making process take?

After receiving your order, it takes between 12 and 18 months for us to make your sword.

Do I need a license to carry / own a sword?

With respect to ownership of possession and ownership of nihonto (Japanese swords), it is possible to purchase those with a registration (registration for firearms or swords and other such weapons) issued by the relevant Board of Education in your prefecture. There is no particular need for a license in relation to the possession or ownership of swords. If you purchase or sell a nihonto that is not registered, however, you will face criminal penalties.
There is a tendency for people to confuse ownership of swords with violations of the Firearms and Swords Control Law. However, since nihonto are treated as antiques or works of art rather than weapons, they present no problem in this respect.

For inquiries by telephone:072-714-3431

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