I would never let any "Jo Shmo" try to "fix" the sword. I would be way to scared of someone butchering it and really damaging the piece. I paid $450 USD for it. Not sure if I overpaid or not, but I enjoy the piece nonetheless, plus when I bought it I had much less knowledge in the hobby and was just excited to own a Japanese sword. I will try to get into contact with Moses and see if meeting up is a possibility. Now that my finals are over I will have much more free time to dedicate to the hobby.