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  1. I think there should be no issue posting a sword from UK to France since both countries are (still) part of "the 27". From what I read recently, as long as the sword is described as an antique item, there's nothing special to do import-wise. Things seem to be different for non-antique items. I recently sent a wakizashi to UK and didn't have to file any paperwork.
  2. Update: the wakizashi is now in Mike Hickman-Smith's hands
  3. Can you try shooting the tsuba sideways ? This should make the signature easier to read. Signature difficult to see: Better now:
  4. Sebastien / Steven, Mike explained that he could try to save the original saya unless it's damaged beyond repair (which doesn't seem to be the case) or doesn't fit the blade (something frequent apparently). But the cost difference between repairing vs getting a new saya is only 100 GBP (less than I expected for this kind of work) so my preference would really go towards having a new one. I'll also have to pay for the koiguchi, kurigata and kojiri (as you noticed, Steven).
  5. Here are some pictures of the wakizashi and the damaged koshirae
  6. Thanks all for being so helpful I'm currently in touch with Mike H.S. about my restoration needs.
  7. Hi Steven, yes that would be another option although I'm not sure that would be my first preference as I really like the tsuka, F/K and tsuba attached to the wakizashi. I would feel that having it shirasaya'ed would be a step in the "wrong" direction. Obviously it all depends on the costs involved, at the moment I have no figure yet to decide.
  8. Thanks Michael for the suggestion, this name led me to this older topic where you also mentioned Mike however I'm unable to find his contact information via Google. Would someone be able to PM me with his contact info ? Thank you very much.
  9. Hello all, I have a wakizashi whose koshirae ideally would need to be replaced. The sword is not a high-end one so I don't want to spend (much) more on the koshirae than on the sword. I was wondering if you could point me to trustworthy people in France or Europe who could be commissioned for creating a new koshirae. Thanks very much for you insights. Edit: Just realized I probably posted in the wrong forum, admins, please feel free to move to the correct one.
  10. Thanks for your suggestions. Will do some research
  11. Hello, I recently bought this tsuba because I really liked the patina and the delicate and unusual design. I tried identifying the school by searching a tsuba with a similar design to no avail. Can someone please point me in the right direction ? Thanks very much
  12. Hello, do you still have copies to sell ? I'd be interested too
  13. Hi all, my name is Francois, I'm a french citizen interested in tsubas. I got to discover the world of nihonto thanks to my uncle, I started a very modest collection of tsubas several years ago. I had an account in the past (fritaly) but since I can't access my former email address (where the reset password is sent), I created this new account.
  14. Hello, I'm a collector of tsubas and I'd like to buy some tsuba (kiribako) boxes. In the past, I ordered from Namikawa Heibei and was happy with the boxes I received but I was wondering if you had any piece of advise regarding where to buy new tsuba boxes. Thank you very much.
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