Steps to having a traditionally made custom koshirae
Many fine antique Japanese swords today are found only in shirasaya (wooden storage case). A shirasaya keeps the moisture away from the sword and protects it long term. Their is no maximum monetary amount for custom koshirae and fittings, give us your budget, we’ll make the appropriate recommendations and work with you.
In the making of a custom koshirae it has the potential of your creating an heirloom to continue on within your family. We lead by example in stating that we continually strive to preserve nihonto and koshirae as our father did before us. With our help we will assist you in creating a traditionally made custom koshirae within your own desires of theme and budget.
It was not uncommon for Samurai to have their own koshirae made for special occasion such as in battle, formal wear etc. Many of our clients have custom koshirae made to put on display in their board room, office or their home essentially creating a great topic of conversation with their clients and friends.
By creating your traditionally made custom koshirae you’re supporting the modern day craftsmen, and keeping an century’s old tradition alive. Each koshirae is finely made by our respective craftsmen and made with great care, they truly appreciate your support.
Great appreciation is given to our clients and friends for allowing us to share with you a selection of their custom koshirae made by our craftsmen. Finally many thanks for our clients having great trust in allowing us to take part in the creation of these fine koshirae, with great care they will last generations.
Please read on for the necessary steps and scroll on to see examples shared.
Step 1: Choose your sword: either one of ours or your own (if your own we need it here to properly size up fittings)
Step 2: Based on our discussion to learn your tastes and budget, we will offer you a selection of fittings: Menuki, Fuchi-kashira, tsuba & kogai & kozuka as required in a theme of your liking. If you are not sure, we can easily make good suggestions within your budget.
Step 3: Choose your colors of tsuka-ito (lacing wrap), style of koshirae, color of lacquer, and many various options. Your choice of options and level of fittings will dictate the price, so we cannot list a vague price here not knowing what you’ll choose.
Step 4: At this point we send all the parts and blade out to the saya-shi for making of the base koshirae, after that the handle and saya go to the appropriate craftsman for finish work. We’ll keep you informed throughout the process. It can take about 3-12 months depending how complex your choices were. In most cases the work can be done in a very reasonable period of time. While we want to give you a final result as quickly as possible, quality control is important, we cannot rush the craftsman.
Step 5: Finally, payment of the blade & fittings will be required prior to sending out for custom koshirae. A down payment of 50% will be required on the building of the koshirae with balance due upon sharing photography of its completion.
Please see below for a sampling of traditionally crafted custom koshirae made for our clients. Cost’s do vary. Regardless of your budget we will do our best to accommodate you.
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