$250. If it's for only a small 1 inch section, that doesn't sound tooo bad. You could also look into the services available through http://www.bugei.com
You're in Dallas? Where did you find a sword shop in Dallas? I'm up in Denton, and nobody at my dojo has ever mentioned there being a legitimate sword shop anywhere in the metroplex. Plenty of knife shops carrying cheap knockoffs, but no legitimate dealers of nihonto that I'm aware of anyway. I suspect we would know if there was a good one. Probably wouldn't hurt to check up on them a little more before paying them $250 to take an inch of rust off a sword which may or may not be worth that kind of expenditure. If they turn out to be a legit place, I'd definitely like to know more about them.
We've got at least one collector at the dojo who might be able to take a look at it and determine the extent of the rust damage. You might consider joining us some Saturday morning and letting him take a look, although for the saturday morning class he's only there every other week so it wouldn't hurt to contact me and see if he's gonna be there the day you want to come up.
There is supposed to be another San Antonio Sword Show next May. If you're really interested in doing it right, you might consider holding off until then and let some of the dealers there take a look. There's a chance you can get one of them to do it at the show for a bit less money and be sure that a pro is handling it. Just a thought.
[This message has been edited by Charles Mahan (edited 06-25-2004).]