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    Wanted- Katana Genuine

    Hi,
    I want buy a Japanese genuine Katana preferable 200yrs – 600yrs. Old.
    I have found a Web Site called “The Lanes Armoury” the http://www.thelanesarmoury.co.uk/shop.php .
    Do anybody seen the site Web is any good? The prices look expensive, they from £3000 from £15000.
    Do think they are okay are they a rip-off?
    Anybody welcome advice would very grateful ,please have express my self and suffer from a stroke .Thank you

    Colin M

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    Hey colin
    I always advise buying things like this straight from japan- or other collectors.
    The prices in the site look pretty high for what they sell, you can find much, much better deals.

    Search for Gihei-ya
    Token sugita
    Token shibata
    e-sword japan
    Aoi japan

    Few good and friendly galleries i have personal experience with, and they have widespread reputation, good to start with.
    -Like i said before, the best deals would probably be from collectors, so i'd wait to get offers if i were you
    Last edited by Ofek O.; 08-29-2015 at 09:02 AM.

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    Simply,the Lanes are way,way overpriced and Ofek is correct,you could buy a properly polished and papered blade from Japan for less money than the Lanes ask for one of their 'restored' swords with acid-etched hamon,however I disagree with the idea that you'll get a decent deal from a collector as invariably they rate their swords far above what is reasonable and look for top retail price.
    There are other dealers in the UK who specialise in Japanese swords,Bill Tagg of Liverpool Militaria has an online shop which is always worth checking out and Peter Yorke in Surrey attends the London and Birmingham arms fairs on a regular basis.
    Better to buy in the UK if you can as importing can be problematic and expensive.

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    Chris, what i said is only from experience, aside from bids that you really need to be savvy to participate in- you can haggle with private people or ask others if the deal that is offered to you is good.
    Usually, if the person is decent enough, the initial price would be decent as well.

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    Wanted Katana

    Quote Originally Posted by Ofek O. View Post
    Hey colin
    I always advise buying things like this straight from japan- or other collectors.
    The prices in the site look pretty high for what they sell, you can find much, much better deals.

    Search for Gihei-ya
    Token sugita
    Token shibata
    e-sword japan
    Aoi japan

    Few good and friendly galleries i have personal experience with, and they have widespread reputation, good to start with.
    -Like i said before, the best deals would probably be from collectors, so i'd wait to get offers if i were you
    Hi,

    Thank you help.
    I will look for with your advice.

    Colin

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    Hi Chris.

    Thank you advice, will visit a Bill Tagg of Liverpool Militaria and.Peter Yorke in Surrey

    Very Grateful

    Colin

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    A pleasure Colin,Bill Tagg is semi-retired now,his son organises the online shop which is www.liverpoolmilitaria.com,you can contact him via the website and Bill is a very approachable guy.
    Peter Yorke can be contacted at yorkepeter@btinternet.com,he doesn't have a website but sells mainly at the arms fairs and by prior appointment and will sometimes travel to meet customers depending on distance involved.
    Happy hunting!

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    I can confirm what has been said about Bill Tagg, I have had a couple of swords off him and been very happy with what I got for the money. He doesn't reckon to go to the Birmingham Arms Fair any more, but usually manages Stockport Arms Fair and "Giant Leeds" in Pudsey.

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    Bill Tagg currently has a papered katana by Yakuōji Suketsugu dating to early 1500s. Very nice sword in good koshirae, not cheap but well worth the price.

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    Colin,

    I just listed this Katana this morning. A steal of a deal. Won't last long.

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/sho...THK-NPO-Papers
    Travis Clarke

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    Hi Colin,

    Travis indeed has a nice Katana. I can offer an excellent polish for it if you purchase it or another in need of polish.. I have been accused of being a good Togishi.
    Also check out www.UniqueJapan.com and www.NinhotoArt.com.

    Good luck,

    Jody

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