Japanese swords, equipment, custom knives / weapons, and more. Our focus is supporting students of the sword and providing high quality functional swords and a full line of accessories. If you study iaido, battodo, kenjutsu, or any other form of Japanese swordsmanship - this is the place for you.
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If the specific customization is not listed here, just email us at email@example.com to get a quote. We will also be glad to give you advice if you want to tackle the job yourself.
This is the most common repair needed for katana. The blade is turned before completely leaving the saya causing anything from thin cracks to huge gaps. While a repaired saya is usually not as strong as the original, a re-enforced version of this repair is also available. This repair does not replace the buffalo horn koiguchi. Epoxy resin is used to replace any missing wood/horn or fill gaps. Wood glue is used to repair the split where appropriate. The re-enforced version of this repair uses a copper plate fixed in place with epoxy.
The mouth of a saya usually has a water buffalo horn ring that reduces wear and helps keep the saya from splitting. This is replaced by plastic in lower end saya. We will replace (or add a new) water buffalo horn koiguchi that is custom carved for the saya. This is great for new saya, old saya that have been split, or saya that never had a horn koiguchi.
Kojiri are the end-cap of the saya. These are metal fittings or water buffalo horn that protect the soft saya from damage. Saya have to be made to fit metal kojiri, but we can fit buffalo horn kojiri to your saya. This is done to replace a cracked kojiri, replace a metal kojiri, or add a new kojiri to a all wood saya.
We will refinish you saya with a hand rubbed lacquer finish with a clear topcoat. Fittings are masked and the saya is sanded and primed. Each coat of lacquer partially dissolves the previous one. This provides a very thick homogeneous durable finish. The down side is that this thick finish takes a very long time to fully cure. Once cured, the finish is sanded is progressively finer abrasive and then polished.
We offer a full line of training equipment and services. We are a one stop shop for your training and collecting needs. We offer training, sharpening, and repair in addition to a full line of iaito and shinken. Check out our DIY guides useful data on maintaining or upgrading your swords. Buy from a company that can do more than just ship you a sword.
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When one sword is just not enough - Nihonzashi
Sherry & Mike Femal,
Sherry and Mike started Nihonzashi in 2006 so their students of Toyama Ryu would have a consistent supply of uniforms, swords and tatami mats. We have enjoyed growing the business to what it is today and are proud to be known worldwide for our custom products and services. Sherry and Mike created and custom make all of the gekken swords we ship around the world. Also, Mike is fulfiling his dream of expanding his custom weapons to include knives. We look forward to what the future brings and what new creations are on the horizon.
5980 66th Street North, Suite M, St Petersburg, FL 33709
Monday — Friday
10:00am to 5:00pm