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kozuka koshirae restoration

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#1 Barrie B

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:31 PM

Hi all,


I have a Higo Koshirae that was missing the Kozuka, and although I tried to find a match, I could not, so I sought the assistance of a professional - Robert Soanes - to solve my problem. 




I purchased an old Kozuka that the 'motif' or design had fallen off and I asked if he could save/ restore it to suit my Koshirae. I must say that I am very pleased with the service and the result.


Not only did he make a new Shakudo Kamon to suit, he 'cleaned' the old Kozuka of the old 'glue' and made it look nearly new..! I cannot wipe the smile from my face..!


I cannot recommend his (or any of the other contemporary restoration professionals) services enough. If any of you are thinking about having something made or restored, then I can only say that you should seek (and support) their very valuable services. If I were a younger man, I would apprentice myself to any one of them...


Some photos of the finished Koshirae..




Soanes.jpg IMG_1876.JPG Kamon Menuki.jpg IMG_0008.JPG Finished Kozuka.jpg

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#2 Stephen



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 01:51 PM

Well done! :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :beer:  :beer:  :beer:


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 07:28 PM

Wow, great job. And that koshirae looks great!



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#4 Barrie B

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 12:27 AM

Thanks gents.. I originally had a miss-matched Kozuka in there, and although it was Shakudo (with Nanako), it did not suit. This looks much more pleasing and completes the koshirae I think. Additionally, it recycles a Kozuka that may not have found a home..! 



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