Sword Polishing Services



Level 2 polish (Same blade, before & after)

The above blade belongs to Fred and is one of only a few that actually has characters engraved on its side.

If I were a sword polisher and had a competitor like Fred who offers his reasonable sword polishing prices, it would make shivers run up my back. Trying to earn a living in today's economy is tough on someone who's sole income is derived from sword polishing and as a result, most other polishers are required to charge two or three times the 'fair market price' in order to make ends meet. The public is finally getting smart and high priced polishers are having a hard time selling their services, which often can cost more than the worth of the customers sword. Understandably, self employed polishers have nothing good to say about us, our prices and our polishing service.  
Freds happy customers receive a fantastic traditional polish at a very reasonable price because unlike self employed polishers, we are diversified enough so that we do not rely solely on income derived from our polishing service. Our customers tell us that whenever the issue of 'pricing' is discussed at Sword Shows or at sword Forums, they hear that old one-liner: 'You get what you pay for'.. and it is generally from those who offer the same service as they attempt to justify the high cost of their time and efforts...etc, etc'.
Our sword polishers have been providing their services for some time and at our 'reasonable' price because we provide them with 'steady work' ( hard to find in today's economy ) and because of the mutually beneficial arrangement we have, we are able to offer our 'level # two' polish at a most reasonable price. It completely removes fingerprints, tiny chips, scratches, rust and helps to crisp up the lines plus does a great job bringing out the Hamon. See the above 'before & after' images of the same blade that Fred was fortunate enough to have photographs of both the before and after'.

Although our level two service does not provide a museum quality polish, it is the 'level' of polish recommended to owners of working swords and for the average ww-2 blade. Some polishers (not ours) will encourage prospective customers to pay for a level one polish (why not, they make more money) but experience shows that a 'level one' polished sword used for 'practice training' soon become scuffed and damaged, regardless of how careful the user may be. Testing at sword shows has proven that when a sword users examined a 'levels 'one' & 'two' polish together at the same time, all voiced the same opinion that they saw no reason to throw money away for what little difference there was between the two levels.

Note:  Old Saya are generally contaminated with tiny specks of rust and dirt which will scratch and cause rusting of a freshly polished blade and it is recommended to not put a freshly polished blade back into its original scabbard (Saya).  To solve this problem, newly polished blades should be stored in a custom made Honoki wood Shirasaya (resting case) or, having it mounted up like a Samurai sword in a new lacquered Saya.

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Please call or E-mail for a polishing appointment.

Call for details (503) 282-4567


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FRED LOHMAN - 3405 N.E. Broadway - Portland, OR  97232 - 1818