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is the news update page for TOGISHI (sword polisher) David Hofhine.
Click on SWORD POLISHING HOME link to go directly to my HOME page where
you will find links to all other pages. Spam (blocked ISP address) and
viruses are automatically blocked, so if you are not getting a
response to your email, that is probably why.|
left is a great original water color samurai duck painting
done for me by a good friend and customer. Big thanks!
- http://www.facebook.com/swordpolish Get all of the latest news updates and pictures on my official facebook page.
I've had to raise prices by about 7% for 2010. This
is the first price increase since the end of 2006. This was
primarily due to the dollar/yen exchange rate going down the tubes
causing the price of polishing stones and supplies to go up about 80%
in the last several years. Also, I'm in my forties
can only finish a limited number of blades per year and it is uncertain
how many more years I will be able to keep at this very physically
demanding profession, so the modest increase in rates. This
still leaves me with the lowest prices in the country for this level of
PHOTOS: Check out the new section featuring
photos from a recent TV interview I did for my judo club.
There are also links where you can download some MPEG video
- NEW OFFICIAL WORLD RECORD: The
world record set by
one of my blades has been finalized and officially certified by the
Guinness Book of World Records. Click the WORLD
link for more
information and pictures.
SERVICES: After MANY requests from customers I
have decided to add extra options to the basic finish polish. Finally
the ability to get the dreaded "broken tip" fixed without having to
wait or pay for a full polish. Cost is based on the amount of extra
work needed. New services include:
- BLADE MAGAZINE: A polish I did
on a prize winning tanto was featured on the cover of BLADE
magazine. Check it out on my HOME
- Check out the SELECTED
READING section for
samurai, judo, and jujitsu related excerpts from some very old and
- WITCHBLADE GHOST SWORD:
I worked as a technical adviser for this book which is based on the
Witchblade movies, TV and comic series. The male lead character is an
American sword polisher named "David Kopkind", go figure. It is the
story of NYPD homicide Detective Sara Pezzini, a serial killer, and the
cursed Japanese sword that brought them together. Hugely researched,
chock-full of accurate names, dates, places and events from Japanese
history. The first printing of the full length novel Witchblade Ghost Sword
by Eisner Award winning author, Mike Baron, is now sadly sold out! I
don't know if there will be a reprint. There is a big budget feature
film due out next year, so who knows? If you are desperate to read this
now classic tome, contact me and I might be able to help you out. Lots
of fun! Excellent reviews!
- GHOST SWORD AUDIO BOOK: Here is an audio version of the novel with chapters in mp3 format, read by a cheesy computer voice!