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Nihonzashi Sword Store & Dojo
 5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
Email: info@nihonzashi.com
Phone: 727-329-9679 
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Sword Repairs

It is important to keep your swords properly maintained.  Using a chopstick meguki peg replacement or continuing to use that split saya can be a costly mistake.  If the specific repair service is not listed here, just email us at info@nihonzashi.com to get a quote.  We will also be glad to give you advice if you want to tackle the job yourself.  We offer a lifetime 1/2 Price Sharpening and 1/2 Price Repair on any Shinken or Iaito you purchase at Nihonzashi (click here if you qualify).

Blade Straightening

Bent swords are a standard part of tameshigiri training.  Shinken are designed to bend and not break.  As long as the hardened edge has not cracked, the sword can be straightened.  We will use wood straightening jigs to get bends and twists out of your swords.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Mekugi Replacement

Maintaining good bamboo mekugi pins is essential to keeping your sword safe.  If the mekugi pins are deformed, notched, or crushed - they need to be replaced.  We used special hard bamboo to custom fit mekugi pins to your sword.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Tsuka Ito Fixative

If you handle wrap becomes loose or the kashira knot becomes un-done - we can probably fix your sword without re-wrapping it.  Loose Tsuka Ito (handle cord) is adjusted and treated with a special penetrating fixative.  The Tsuka Ito can be removed later so the Tsuka can be rewrapped.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Tsuba Fitting

Changing the tsuba is the easiest way to change the balance of your sword or personalize it to fit your taste.  The tsuba opening is hand filed down for a perfect fit or brass shims are used when tsuba is too large. This does not include the cost of the Tsuba or extra seppa that may be required.  Click here to see our current selection of tsuba and seppa.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Repair split saya

his 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 copper wire covered in epoxy.  We suggest our lacquer refinishing service to bring the cosmetic appearance back to your saya.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Reshape Saya to Fit Habaki

The habaki should fit snugly into the koiguchi of the saya.  It should keep the sword from sliding out, but not be difficult to draw.  The mouth of the saya can be re-fit to the habaki of your sword to get the proper fit.  Birch veneer inserts are added and filed down to make a perfect fit for the habaki.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Saya Refinished with Lacquer

f your saya has been repaired or you just want a new color, we can put on a new lacquer finish.  Fittings are masked and the saya is sanded and primed.  Our lacquer finishes are durable.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Saya Koiguchi Replacement

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.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Saya kojiri replacement

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, or replace a lost or damaged metal kojiri.  Please order any repair services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page and remember to include return shipping.

Shipping / Drop off / Pick up  Address (store hours)

Repair costs should be pre-paid. Please include  return shipping with your payment. Please send a copy of your Paypal receipt and any special instructions with the sword. Swords will be returned in their original packaging. Normal repairs will take from 6 to 8 weeks.

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