Hello forumites,

I purchased this cheap Chinese-made san mai katana for the occasional light cutting practice to supplement my Iaido. Considering how much I paid for it, the blade seems quite good, the fittings are well-made, and the mounting is tight. However, when I unwrapped the sageo from the display knot it was shipped in (which of course ruined the sageo and forced me to buy a new one), I noticed that the brown sageo left marks on the saya that don't seem to wipe off (not very visible in the images) and the kurigata is very poorly attached to the saya. It looks like they just slipped it on after they painted the saya and it is something of an eye-sore. It is securely attached, but ugly and I'd like to find a way to make it less so. Anyone have any ideas for how I could do this?

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