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  1. Hi Everybody,


    I have a customer in Germany who has many matchlock stocks, barrels and parts which he had collected with the intention of having his restorer there put them together.

    However, his restorer has suddenly passed away, so he is looking for a new restorer nearby who could do this work.


    If any of you know of someone, I'd appreciate to hear from you!




    Kelly Schmidt

  2. As far as I know, one must be a Japan resident for both.  I am not 100% sure in the case of Winners, but in any case, Japanese language ability a must.


    I buy blades for my overseas customers on both platforms.  Over 150 to date.


    EMS now reopened to the US, so again able so send blades economically and quickly.


    PM me for more info ~


    Kelly Schmidt


  3. Full koshirae, full blades, and even full armors, no problem (depending on country...).  I export them daily.


    Buyee will deny shipping under various circumstances, such as:

       antiques and weapons requiring export permits.  They apparently don't know how to do the permits.

       items (like armors) packed too big (by EMS, over 1.5m, or girth+length over 3.0; by DHL over 1.2 m).  They haven't a clue how to pack an armor small enough


    Ask before you buy!




  4. I thank you for your votes of confidence, gentlemen!


    However, in this case, I am afraid that I am in the same boat.

    I recently bought a new shark skin saya for a customer (with out thinking first...)

    and later I felt it may be an issue to export, so am now trying to resell it on Yahoo in Japan.

    I'll probably lose my shirt, but I pushed the button, so...


    I shall certainly be happy to bid for you on other items with no animal product issues,

    so by all means, if you would like to join my mailing list, just PM me.


    Sorry I cannot be of help in this case.


    Kelly Schmidt


  5. Hi Dan,


    I can do so in cases of "emergency", like for example, when the items are bought, really wanted by the buyer, and then the seller or proxy company (like Buyee) says they won't ship them.

    Can you show me the items you bought, please?  (send links in a PM).   Note, DHL does not send any blade/weapon items.  My usual fee is 15% of win price/min 6000 yen/item.  Plus shipping and paypal fees.  DHL  shipping for small box of tosogu, for example, is usually about 7500 yen.



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  6. Hi Dan,


    The US has been blocked for EMS since March.   Perhaps he did not know until he checked after the auction.

    DHL and Fedex do not take weapons, and yes, it is hard to get contracts with them in any case.

    I have customers waiting for months now - fortunately, I knew and was able to inform them before they bought.

    Afraid sea mail is your only option right now...

  7. Ohayou gozaimasu (good morning)!


    I think it will hold 2 blades.  Needs mounts, mind.  Interior pics attached.


    EMS shipping is still blocked to USA and Australia, but I now have DHL corporate rates, so quick and dirty calc to USA, about 21000 yen (2500 min insure...)

    (note: I haven't actually packed it yet, so size and weight - and thus price - may vary a bit)


    Other countries with EMS open can get for maybe 10-11,000 yen, but I will hold for EMS opening if customer from blocked country buys.


    Kelly Schmidt

    Japanese Antique Auctions

    Himeji Japan




  8. Hi Friends,


    Don't often sell on NMB... hope I'm following all the rules.


    Edo katanabako. Solid kiri (paulownia).  Rare iron lock plate and hinges.
    114. × H26㎝ × D25.5㎝.

    (inside L109 x H20. x D19.6㎝)
    More pics available.   PM me~

    60000 yen (plus shipping, bank/paypal fees)


    Kelly Schmidt 

    Japanese Antique Auctions


    Himeji, Japan






  9. Yes, I got that too...  

    She says:

    A. she can't send blades. 

    B. she can send other items by EMS.


    Both statements seem a bit off to me... perhaps owing to poor translation. 


    A. Blades are sent by EMS, just like other items.  Of course, they need Japan Customs clearance before sending out.

    True, this takes longer than the cheaper items with no export permit, as items are piling up, but they can be sent.


    B. EMS items can be sent... BUT only if your country is not on the blocked list.   DHL, Fedex perhaps faster as I belive they have their own customs systems.


    Here is the note I am including on my mail outs:


    Please note that air mail to some countries is presently blocked (see PDF here:  https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/2020/0401_02_en.html )
    Even if your country is not on the list, there are few planes flying and Customs here is piled up...  There will be delay.
    Seamail an alternative...
    Kelly Schmidt
    Japanese Antique Auctions
  10. Hi Stephen,


    Well, that PO announcement was April 1, so I don't know why Buyee is telling you only now...


    This is what I have been posting on my mail outs since then:



    Please note that air mail to some countries is presently blocked (see PDF here:  https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/2020/0401_02_en.html )
    Even if your country is not on the list, there are few planes flying and Customs here is piled up...  There will be delay.
    Seamail an alternative...


    I can only assume that they will update that PDF regularly.

    Currently the USA is not blocked, but I do have a few USA bound packages sitting in Osaka Customs since 3/30

    still waiting for planes - probably on the bottom of the pile and back of the room by now.  Dunno.


    If they are not able to send eventually, they will be sent back to me.  Then just a matter of waiting till things clear up.

    Or ship by other method.  DHL may work - maybe - but I'd guess stupid money.  Seamail should work, but a month or more...



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