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 5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
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Phone: 727-329-9679 
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Saya Customizations

 

If the specific customization is not listed here, just email us at info@nihonzashi.com to get a quote.  We will also be glad to give you advice if you want to tackle the job yourself.  We also offer Hanwei replacement saya for some swords.  These can save you allot of money if they can be used.

Repair Split Saya (no refinishing)

This is the most common repair needed for katana.  The blade is turned before completely leaving the saya causing anything from thin cracks to huge gaps.  While a repaired saya is usually not as strong as the original, a re-enforced version of this repair is also available.  This repair does not replace the buffalo horn koiguchi.  Epoxy resin is used to replace any missing wood/horn or fill gaps.  Wood glue is used to repair the split where appropriate.  The re-enforced version of this repair uses copper wire covered in epoxy.  We suggest our refinishing service in either hand rubbed lacquer to bring the cosmetic appearance back to your saya.  Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Refit Mouth of Saya

The habaki should fit snugly into the koiguchi of the saya.  It should keep the sword from sliding out, but not be difficult to draw.  The mouth of the saya can be re-fit to the habaki of your sword to get the proper fit.  Birch veneer inserts are added and filed down to make a perfect fit for the habaki.  Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Replace Buffalo Horn Koiguchi

The mouth of a saya usually has a water buffalo horn ring that reduces wear and helps keep the saya from splitting.  This is replaced by plastic in lower end saya.  We will replace (or add a new) water buffalo horn koiguchi that is custom carved for the saya.  This is great for new saya, old saya that have been split, or saya that never had a horn koiguchi.  Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Replace Buffalo Horn Kojiri

Kojiri are the end-cap of the saya.  These are metal fittings or water buffalo horn that protect the soft saya from damage.  Saya have to be made to fit metal kojiri, but we can fit buffalo horn kojiri to your saya.  This is done to replace a cracked kojiri, replace a metal kojiri, or add a new kojiri to a all wood saya.  Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Refinish saya with lacquer finish

We will refinish you saya with a hand rubbed lacquer finish with a clear topcoat.  Fittings are masked and the saya is sanded and primed.  Each coat of lacquer partially dissolves the previous one.  This provides a very thick homogeneous durable finish.  The down side is that this thick finish takes a very long time to fully cure.  Once cured, the finish is sanded is progressively finer abrasive and then polished.  Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.  We can custom mix any lacquer base color, add metal flake, or add a translucent topcoat.

Custom saya with lacquer finish

**At this time we are not accepting orders for custom saya.**

A new saya is made by hand to fit your sword with a hand rubbed lacquer finish with a clear topcoat.  The core is made of a single piece of poplar split down the middle and carved out by hand to fit your sword.  Water buffalo koiguchi, kojiri, and kurikata are carved and fitted to the blank.  Koiguchi and kojiri are left higher than the wood to allow them to be flush with the finished lacquer.  Each coat of lacquer partially dissolves the previous one.  This provides a very thick homogeneous durable finish.  The down side is that this thick finish takes a very long time to fully cure.  Once cured, the koiguchi and kojiri are filed down to be flush with the lacquer.  The lacquer and horn fittings are sanded is progressively finer abrasive and then polished.    Please order any saya customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.  We can custom mix any lacquer base color, add metal flake, or add a translucent topcoat.

Shipping / Drop off / Pick up  Address (store hours)

Customization costs should be pre-paid. Please include  return shipping with your payment. Please send a copy of your Paypal receipt and any special instructions with the sword. Swords will be returned in their original packaging. Normal customizations will take from 4 to 8 weeks, but expect an extra delay for lacquer finishes. 

Katana Saya Price List

 

Wakizashi Saya Price List

Tanto Saya Price List