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Re-polishing chip in the monouchi?

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Hello everyone,

 

I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on how much hastle & cost would be involved in repairing/reshaping the sword to remove the chip in the ha pictured below. I understand it is a repairable non-fatal flaw as the ding does not exceed the hamon, but would it require a full repolish of the whole length of the blade to remove?

 

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/6571/p1000224w.jpg

 

I am UK-based, so that somewhat reduces my access to restoration services.

 

Cheers.

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Jonathan,

 

Generally it requires a full polish to remove hakobore (chips), but this one compared to the width of the blade seems so tiny that you will have to show the blade to a polisher.

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Hello,

The hamon is very high up which allows a full polish look to bad after it is finished. The next problem that could be fatal is when this chip is gone you might have many visible hidden flaws that now are invisible.

 

Be careful!

 

Martin

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In general, this would require a repolish, however, there is an outside chance that a highly skilled polisher may be able to do something with this without a complete repolish. You would have to have it evaluated by such a polisher to find out with certaintly. I do not think you will find such a polisher outside of Japan. Personally, I would live with it.

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chip what chip??, a finger stone easly draged across the ha will remove the hard edges of so called chip and you wont know/see a thing...oh one thing dont do it your self. :)

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In case you have had this sword for a short time only, why don't you give it some time and see how you feel about the small chip later. If you would have to have it completely re-polished, the blade would loose some precious kawagane and you would loose a lot of precious money... I would personally live with it, not such a big deal.

 

The polish seems to be in a good shape, and the workmanship on the Shinto is clearly visible. Actually I find it hard to believe that the polish would date back to WWII or earlier times. Also I do not see why the polisher would have left that small hakobore unrepaired. Thus I wonder how the blade has received battle damage in recent times?

 

Veli

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