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I never heard of him, do you have his website or any contact?

 

I can't speak to Mike's lacquer work (although I've heard it's very good), however he's made me a shirasaya in the past and it was excellent, at least as good as most I've had from Japan.

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I can personally vouch for Mike Hickman Smith. I've studied urushi nuri for years as a Katchushi, but saya needs a higher level of finish. My opinion as a trained Shokunin is that Mile is the leading urushishi in Europe.

 

Forget Van Dam, Mike is your man.

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In support of other comments Mike has done some fantastic work for me and I have seen some exceptional pieces he has completed for others. He has a great talent and his commitment to contunual imporvement is incredible.

A small correction to Michael's remarks on Chiddingstone.: this event was very much Ian's success my own involvement was purely supporting his effort. It was an excellent show! 

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I understand you saying Mike is 'over qualified' because his work is excellent. However his fees are really very reasonable. If you're investing in a sword to get a sayashi or koshirae made why not invest in the best? It will last longer, be of better quality, and hold its value. Another vote for Mike Hickman Smith here and a picture of the koshirae he created for me. He's a gent and super reliable.

 

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