Polishing Japanese sword
Must identify immediately if its rust is worst ones or not.
Sword made of iron easily causes rust when proper maintenance is not carried out. Rust must be identified at a glance if it is severe one or not. When customer brings a entirely rusted sword and asks me if the sword can be restored and always be surprised at my immediate response of “No problem!”
Rust, pits which expand deeply inside of the sword body
Shallow rust covering entire surface of the sword can be removed easily even though at firste it looks very difficult. Sever rust is called sink rust or pits and even looks just rusty on its surface and easily to removablein the beginning but actually invaded into deep into sword body and cannot be removed by normal polishing. Most sever ones are sometimes corroded into the other side. We often find such ones among even the appointed as culturalproperty
Sword polishing means to bring it back to original state when made.
Sword polishing is to restore as close as to its original stage when it was made. By inexperienced sword polisher, they are oftenruined to completely different one. When it will be a big burden for a customer to pay high fee, we can offer you temporary stop rusting treatment by removing visible rust only. Then your further oiling can preserve your sword. When you will be able to afford the fee, you can bring it to us for compete processing again.
Our role in Japanese sword culture
I think our role in inheriting Japanese sword culture is very important. Even very famous excellent Japanese sword once polished incorrectly, you cannot appreciate its real value. Only good polishing can bring back its original character and personality to the owner.
Sword polishing skills
Japanese sword, born from a thousand yearhistorical background
Japanese sword does not break, bend and cut extraordinary. It is arms accompanied with profound beauty and alsoan art product. You can compare their real value to none in the world. They have been made by the technicianswith their creativity and efforts and sweat, experiences beyond your imagination. They are real iron art products by their manipulation of fire and water. Those sword makers are called master swordsmith.
Japanese swords cannot become real ones without final polishing
Japanese sword as art products also has its weakness because they are made from iron. They are easily oxidized, naturally cause rust. Even completed by swordsmith as an art form cannot be survive without polisher’s final treatment. They even lose their existing value without the last polishing process.
Japanese sword polisher you cannot compare their jobs to none.
If the sword itself is a body, polishing always follows as its shadow. Swordsmith and polisher is one united body and different bodies but concentrating themselves into the same target. Polishing technique needs equal efforts and experiences as swordsmithand have been inherited in secret to now. Its profound techniques cannot be comparable to none in the world cutlery history. They are finally achieved the highest level now based on precise techniques, experiences, inquisitive searches for abrasive materials. Theycannot be done by modern scientificmethodsand techniques. So they are regarded as God’s hands by many visitors from all over the world.
Sword polisher’s profound technique and sensitivity is really God’swork
To sharpen edge to its extreme and keep its grace at same time is now really valued as God’s work. Sword polishing master is reflecting original swordsmith’s characters, personality, of its background age, style, iron and its blade effectiveness, surface, profile with his profound techniques and sensibility.
Japanese sword loses its real value by inexperienced polisher
Even good sword when polished by amateur or inexperienced polisher will lose its value and beauty. To utmost regret, it will kill its historical value and swordsmith’s extraordinary efforts and sweat. Unfortunately one treated by those inexperienced polisher, it will never get restored to original state even further done by master polisher. It is a general misunderstanding that bring a sword to polishers after removing red surface rust by himself thinking polishing cost will be a little less.
First consult a good polisher as it is
Polishing fee will depend upon mostly by length of sword’s blade no matter how rusty it is. Because removing them by yourself will be resulted uneven body and may ruin the sword itself. It is advisable to bring your sword as is to us because it will be sometimes more expensive since many further stage corrections may be needed. It is very much regretful to see many swords which became impossible to restore by those first mistakes. Whether those swords are expensive or inexpensive, they are very important swords and prides of our Japanese culture.