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  1. That's not correct unfortunately. The EU is now treated the same as non EU countries (we aren't in the single market or customs union) so buying a sword from someone in the EU is the same as from Japan/USA etc. Anyone in the UK will need to pay the 5% VAT for an antique over 100 years old. There is also now the new pre-paid VAT scheme that dealers in the EU and elsewhere in the world will need to sign up for to ship to the UK. This has some significant monthly costs and requires the business to send the VAT payments to the UK. I believe the EU is starting a similar scheme soon.
  2. I've had 5% on gendaito / shinsakuto you need to mark it as a collectable with the correct code.
  3. I don't think UK customs ever read the documentation in the package or stuck to the side. Every shipment I've ever had the document pouch has been untouched. They only seem interested in the customs description and value on the shipping label.
  4. Use USPS Priority Mail, a friend shipped one from the US to UK a few weeks ago and it arrived in less than a week.
  5. We haven't been able to bid on most sword auctions since eBay UK put the block on 10 years ago. There have been loopholes for swords listed in different categories but it looks like eBay have finally closed those now.
  6. Thought I might as well update this old post. I submitted it for shinsa in Japan as I didn't want to have the mei removed without confirmation it was definitely gimei, it failed but was advised to have it removed and resubmit. So after having the mei removed, I resubmitted and it came back as Sandai Soshu Tsunahiro.
  7. Guess you didn’t notice that the website has a few questionable swords on it.
  8. They probably came from the same Edo period sword dealer, easy way to get some extra profit on a sword.
  9. I'd send a letter to the address on the BOR286 form explaining the problem. It's quite possible that they sent the cheque and it got lost in the post...
  10. I had a sword which was sent from Japan and was charged the full rate instead of the 5%. All you need to do is download the form below: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/581510/bor286.pdf Also include a brief letter giving an explanation of why the item is over 100 years old. It took 2 weeks for me to receive a reply, and then 2 weeks later I got a cheque back for the difference.
  11. I’ll take this sword please John.
  12. I'm not very confident but here are my answers: 1. Shape and length suggest shin-shinto, hamon is definitely Bizen and it reminds me of a Sukenaga I saw recently. So my answer is Bizen Yokoyama Sukenaga, Tenpo period. 2. Shape suggests kanbun period, kesho yasurimei just don’t fit with Hizen, I’m guessing it’s possibly an Osaka Shinto smith, my guess is Shinano no Kami Nobuyoshi. 3. Shape suggests koto and the bo-hi terminating in the kissaki is also something you’d expect to see on a koto sword. The hamon is also quite different on both sides particularly in monouchi. It has a nice tight ko-itame jigane visible in places. I’m going to go for Yamato Tegai late kamakura period.
  13. I think it will be this proposal: https://www.change.org/p/sajid-javid-reconsider-the-offensive-weapons-bill-for-fencers-and-hobbyists
  14. I think you’ll be fine it’s not unusual to see odd tracking entries with the Royal Mail. I wouldn’t expect any tracking updates for at least a week yet.
  15. When was the parcel shipped? It's not unusual for it to take 2-3 weeks before you get updates from Australia. It will update on the Australia post website before the Royal Mail site. If you've got an Android/iOS phone, install one of the parcel tracking apps, set the tracking number to australia post and it will notify you the minute the tracking number gets updates.
  16. What does it say when you put the tracking number in the Australian post website?
  17. Parcelforce global priority is your only choice for a long sword in the UK. You definitely can't use Fedex, and that also means you can't use Parcelforce Global Express which is outsourced to Fedex. If it's a tanto you can use Royal Mail tracked and signed but I would still recommend using Parcelforce.
  18. Here’s my Naoaki (has NBTHK Hozon)
  19. When using buyee I always change my item from "weapons" to "antiques" before shipping. It would be much better with buyee if you could actually amend the item description manually instead of having to choose something from a list.
  20. Muromachi period Wakizashi signed Nio Kiyoshige. There are a few generations of Kiyoshige so it's hard to be certain which it is but most likely mid/late muromachi period. You can find plenty of information about the Nio school online, and I'm fairly sure this is a genuine Nio school work. Might be this smith: KIYOSHIGE (清重), Kanshō (寛正, 1460-1466), Suō – “Niō Kiyoshige” (二王清重), Niō school, mostly chū-suguha, also ko-notare or gunome, hotsure and sunagashi along the nioiguchi Has a gunome midare hamon with plenty of activity, sungashi going through the gunome peaks and clouds of nie etc. Itame/mokume jigane. Healthy boshi with hakikake. In decent Japanese polish. No fatal flaws, some small old rust pits, and also a few spots where the grain is starting to open a bit. It's not too bad. Nagasa - 37.2cm sori - 1cm motohaba - 2.7cm motokasane - 0.5cm sakihaba - 2cm sakikasane - 0.4cm Good quality solid silver habaki and Japanese made shirasaya. Price £600 with free Parcelforce 24 hour postage in the UK. Would prefer to sell to the UK but will ship outside at cost. (This will be expensive usually around £60-£80).
  21. pcfarrar


    You should be ok then, Roger helped me with a couple of my Hizen and both turned out to be fine after they were sent to Japan. Paul Martin is definitely the best choice, his prices are very reasonable and he has access to the best people in Japan. I will also be sending another blade through his service next year.
  22. pcfarrar


    He’s not coming until March 2018 to collect swords, but yes Paul Martin is the best choice. Also Grev have you checked with Roger Robertshaw to see if the mei is good?
  23. I would ask Dave Thatcher, I think it is definitely something he would know. http://yoroi.uk/
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