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A-Shinken-Quote Request

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It is not realistic to completely automate the Shinken purchasing  process.  We prefer identifying the client's needs to simply looking at photos of pre-existing swords that might not be available at the time of order. 


Steps  to build your dream shinken:



    Complete the pull down menu to the right .  This outline will help us understand your needs.



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    Submit the quote.  NO PAYMENT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUIRED!



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    We will review your submission and respond within 1 business day.



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    We will match the smith to your specifications and target budget.


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    Upon acceptance of terms by the client and the smith, we will formalize the process, generate an invoice and the smith will start the commission.



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How Do We Select the Smith?

Over several decades we have come to know and develop relationships with some of Japan’s most pre-eminent sword makers.  Today there are slightly over 300 active licensed smiths in Japan.  A lesser number of these smiths work full time. Swordstore has working relationships with about thirty full time smiths.  We do not work with hobbyists or apprentice smiths.

Each smith sets his own business policies.  This is important because in actuality the client is purchasing the smith’s name as much as or more than the work itself.  Each smith determines whether a sword that has his signature meets his definition of “acceptable”.

Swordstore understands that some smiths believe that a blade with a number of flaws that are non-strategic in nature would be acceptable for purchase.  Sometimes this can lead to a cultural misunderstanding as many Western clients harbor a conception that every blade made must be flawless.  We therefore try to direct clients towards smiths that have a higher threshold for defining an acceptable blade for purchase.

Smiths are also free to select the other crafts people that work on completing a sword.  Typically as many as 7 or 9 different artisans come together to make a sword in full furniture (koshirae).  Often the client is focused on the name of the smith. Often the smith will not reveal openly who the polisher (togishi), habaki maker (habakishi), or saya/lacquer artisans (sayashi/nurishi) are.  These craftspeople are just as important as the smith despite a lack of recognition outside of a very small sword community.  Swordstore works with smiths that use top quality craftspeople in the polishing and fitting of each custom shinken.

Swordstore tries to interview the client to determine needs.  It is impossible to completely automate the process of matching a client to a smith on a project.  Upon learning the client’s needs we try to match the smith that is most comfortable working within the defined guidelines.

Often we ask the client for a short biography  that is translated and given to the smith before the commencement of work so that he can better picture the client.  This is often helpful in helping the smith get a feel for the client's needs and/or personality.

What is the Construction Time for a Shinken?

Construction Times For Authentic Japanese Shinken:

From the time that the commission is accepted to shipment typically takes from 4 to 6 months.

Shinken: Real Swords

Shinken:

Shinken or pure Japanese swords are what it's all about.  We work with some of Japans greatest smiths to make the best swords available at the wholesale level to our clients. 

Today there are just over 300 active smiths in Japan.  Swordstore.com works with approximately 35 of these smiths though admittedly we have our favorites.  We only work with well-established accredited and established smiths.  We do not work with hobbyists or apprentice smiths. 

Each smith is able to set his own business practices and it is well that the client understand that it is the signature or mei on the blade being purchased and not the blade itself.  Each particular smith sets his own policies, selects who will do the polish, habaki, and koshirae as well as his own costs and delivery times.  Quite often the selection of the smith alone is not enough to determine the best value for the client. 

We use the automated form on the shinken page to develop an outline with prospective clients.  However the process is too complex and too personal to really create a fully automated process.  Please allow us time to study your inquiry, request additional information and consider which smith would be a good match. 

The smiths (Toshyo) that we use all start blade construction from tamahagane or iron sand.  They follow traditional methods for sword construction and experts today claim that Japan has reached a new zenith in superior sword making.

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