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Devaluation of sefer Torah written by 2 sofrim

I've consulted with a renown rosh kollel Choshen Mishpat and dayan. He said that the fact that a sefer Torah is written by 2 sofrim affects it's value. I have a situation in which a sefer was commissioned from scratch through me to be written by a particular sofer. It's a basic mehudar ksav, retail price is 123000nis. He went ahead and had another sofer write the last 16 yerios. The ksav is halachically similar (basic mehudar) and is somewhat similar looking. I'm leaving out lots of details but the bottom line is that a 2nd sofer finishing the sefer came as a surprise to me and I will be informing the buyer at the same time I suggest a price deduction. On the one hand the buyer may just want to "cut and run" and will accept a fair offer, as the sefer has taken a year longer than intended due to health and personal circumstances out of the sofer's control and if he has to (re)write the last 16 yerios himself we'd be looking at another 4+ months. O

Shem Shaila

Git Vinter / Zimmer to all, What is your opinion about the Yud in the Shem? Thank you YK

Severed ayin

Would the ayin of nishba be a shinui tzurah as it’s not touching the head?

Drop of ink in reish

Found this tiny dot of ink inside the reish of asher. what are your thoughts? Is this enough to pasul the reish? Enough that it’s a sheila l’tinok? Or not an issue at all? If the image doesn’t do justice - it’s really a tiny dot of ink. I note that the yalkut hasofer of sefer mishnas hasofer writes under os daled: if a small drop of ink less than an os ketana fell inside the daled, then if a tinok reads it as a daled there is room to be lenient and scrape it away... I wonder how small is small...

Chol Hamoed Question

Firstly, a gemar chasimah tovah to everyone, and apologies for the recent lull in activity. I'm sure everyone else has been busy as well. (This is the first time I am looking at this forum in a month!) Today I was asked to repair a slightly damaged letter ( by moisture (probably spit)). I immediately noticed a large gap on the page,  after the word "bemisporom" which I thought may even be the width of nine yudin combined (which would be possul since it is acceptable as the shiur stumah, and there is not supposed to be a stumah there). See picture below After closer investigation it was determined that the space is not large enough to fit 9 yudin, but one could fit three large letters there, which is the accepted shiur stumah of rabbeinu Tam. Such a space is not possul but definitely somewhat problematic, as can see here in this excerpt from the L'dovid Emes (footnote 4) , who rules that one does not stop reading from it in the middle of the kriya, but o