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I've been trying to contact Lohman for some buffalo horn pieces and replacement kozuka blades, but I'm getting no replies to emails or phone messages. Have they closed-up shop?

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2 hours ago, Stephen said:

As it should not be sometimes Facebook. Is a faster find.

Are you saying to contact them on Facebook, or look for the parts I need I Facebook?

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Namikawa Heibei has been very responsive when i ordered supplies, never had an issue.

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I second namikawa Heibei.  Bought a few things from them in the past, and they're very responsive and great to deal with. 

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9 hours ago, jeremy said:

I second namikawa Heibei.  Bought a few things from them in the past, and they're very responsive and great to deal with. 

 

 And they are OK with Pay Pal. It is worth remembering that a lot of the better quality "local to you" dealers buy from Namikawa and then sell on to you with a markup.

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19 hours ago, SAS said:

Namikawa Heibei has been very responsive when i ordered supplies, never had an issue.

I appreciate the replies.

 

Domo Arigato.

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Fred is not able to operate the shop right now - his son is doing his best but when I spoke to him last week he admitted he has a huge backlog of emails and orders he is trying to get thru. He promises he is going to try to respond to everyone.

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23 hours ago, Dave R said:

 

 And they are OK with Pay Pal. It is worth remembering that a lot of the better quality "local to you" dealers buy from Namikawa and then sell on to you with a markup.

Hi Dave 

From memory they don't use PayPal which is something to think about.  Unless they have changed that.  But I used my credit card to purchase from them

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50 minutes ago, jeremy said:

Hi Dave 

From memory they don't use PayPal which is something to think about.  Unless they have changed that.  But I used my credit card to purchase from them

 

 They changed that 2 years ago at least. My last two purchases from them,  Nurizaya Wood for a Wakizashi and 100g Uchiko Powder   were both paid for via Pay Pal, and  very easy transactions they were indeed.

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25 minutes ago, Dave R said:

 

 They changed that 2 years ago at least. My last two purchases from them,  Nurizaya Wood for a Wakizashi and 100g Uchiko Powder   were both paid for via Pay Pal, and  very easy transactions they were indeed.

Thats good to hear. Makes it easier to make transactions 

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Going through some of my old reference material last night, I found a 1999 catalog from Fred Lohman and also a 2001 D.R. Langenbacker reproduction Tsuba catalog. 

Damn, I'm getting old.

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1 hour ago, DTM72 said:

Damn, I'm getting old.

Dan O

God love if you think thats old.

I feel that way when i find stuff from the 60s 70s

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I messaged fred lohman a few weeks ago and got a reply after my second time trying. He was quick to apologize on the delay and is in operation.

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True - his son Chris has taken over the business but it is not his full time job - if you are waiting for work to be done he has many "back-orders" to get caught up on so response time may be long...

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I'm sad to hear that Fred Lohman has died. He provided the nihonto community with good reasonably priced things for many years. 

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Sad, I wonder why this wasn't bigger news in the community. RIP and condolences to his friends and family.

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Fred was quite a character. I met him for the first time in the late 80‘s while shopping at Namikawa Heibei in Tokyo, and where he was doing some business. I later gave  him a ride back to the station, and we exchanged addresses and phone numbers. Imagine my surprise when he sent me a first edition of Shinkichi Hara’s “Schwertzierraten” as a thank you a few weeks later! We occasionally met when he was in Tokyo, and I always had some interesting conversations with him (if I managed to steer him away from topics like politics and kinky sex ;-)).

 

RIP, Fred!

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RIP Fred -

 

You were one of the old guard. You will be missed.

 

Rich

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