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Hello everyone and thank you in advance. I just purchased a blade that was polished and put into a newly made Shirasaya. The new Shirasaya is very light and very new looking. I also have a blade in a Shirasaya from WW2 and it is a rich golden color. Is there any rule here or is it just personal preference on the color or finish of a Shirasaya? Is it ok to put something on the new Shirasaya to change the color? If it is ok to do so what is usually used or recommend? Thank you

MikeR

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Hello:

 Yes they do acquire that patina with age, and while it is not a terrible thing to wax a saya, as it can be reversed, the main reason not to do so is that if some person with the credentials to do a proper sayagaki comes along, the wax would present a substantial problem. The ink used actually is absorbed to some extent by the wood and it really seems to endure.

 Arnold F.

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