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#1 Alex A

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 12:07 PM

A spin off from another thread. Anyone got some good quality to high end fittings they wish to share?

 

Good close up photos and a short write up.

 

Be good to see, and educational.


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#2 kissakai

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

Hi

I'll start with this one. I don't collect menuki but was drawn into buying this from Ebay

Haven't had it very long so I can't add anything yet

It is a pair but haven't added the other menuki or the back as this post is only about what we like

 

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#3 Alex A

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:14 PM

Hi Grev, I had a set of Ox menuki like that with NBTHK, Ko Kinko was the verdict.


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#4 Gunome

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:46 PM

Hello,

 

I don't know how my kozuka is "high Class", but it is nice and well done, so I guess it is at least medium quality or above. :)

 

Mei has been translated here

http://www.militaria...512-kozuka-mei/

 

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 04:15 PM

Sebastien,

I consider than far above medium quality :)

Here's my medium quality kozuka. Maybe shoshin, maybe gimei. But I really like it.

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#6 Pete Klein

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 05:00 PM

OK -- here's a little something. I happen to really like Sanbaso theme so here are a pair of Sanbaso menuki:

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Goto Sanbaso b.jpg

I love the paper - Goto. Really? No kidding. Anyway, I really don't know which generation but not one of the first five, at least not to my eye.
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#7 Gunome

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 05:29 PM

Brian, your Kozuka is very nice !


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 06:34 PM

So is yours!

Now if Pete will give us each one of those menuki, we will both have something really top class :laughing:


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#9 Steve Waszak

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 07:22 PM

Yamakichibei.  Shodai.  Steel.  Owari Province.  Momoyama Period. 

 

 

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:45 PM

Tsuba signed: Tosa Kuni Ju Myochin Ki Toshio and Hako-Gaki by dr K.Torigoye (page 33 "Tsuba Kanshoki" K.Torigoye )

 

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:48 PM

Owari sukashi tsuba

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:53 PM

no sure they are high class but i love them!!

kamakura tsuba

kyo sukashi tsuba

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 10:38 PM

Shodai Kanshiro.

- I live by the ocean and liked the waves.

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 01:48 AM

I have only two tsubas so far, so this one is the best out two :)

 
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Posted 24 January 2016 - 03:05 AM

Papered Joi

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 10:09 AM

You guys have some lovely items.

GrozaB (please sign all posts with at least a first name) that is a nice tsuba. You should really think about getting it to someone like Ford Hallam. The outcome would be very, very good I expect.


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#17 SteveM

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 11:55 AM

Ōtsuki school deer menuki. Not the level of some of the excellent pieces in the thread, but you go with what ya got.

 

 

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 12:46 PM

awesome akasaka

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 12:51 PM

not mine but will do some unspeakable things to get it

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#20 GrozaB

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 04:26 PM

GrozaB (please sign all posts with at least a first name) that is a nice tsuba. You should really think about getting it to someone like Ford Hallam. The outcome would be very, very good I expect.

Done. I'm affraid cost of restoration will be more then price of the tsuba after restoration :)


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Posted 24 January 2016 - 04:42 PM

Still a couple of my favourites. You've seen them before.

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 05:50 PM

Hi gents, don't  have any high class but some off my favourites

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 08:39 PM

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Dear NMB Members:

 

Thanks so much for posting such great fittings examples. It is amazing to see the level of expertise and talent of the artists who created these wonderful art objects. I do not own any high end pieces, but here are a couple of pieces I am quite fond of. The kozuka is by Nara Toshimitsu. I purchased it at the 2013 DTI as a memory of my trip. The tsuba is a recent acquisition from an old collection. I find that the silver fallen cherry blossom motif subtly but effectively coveys the bushido spirit and the potentially fleeting nature of a samurai's life. Thanks for sharing your pieces.  

 

Best regards,

Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi) 

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 09:09 PM

Some amazing pieces of art so far, so much to learn from.

 

Sebastien, I know nothing, but I know quality when I see it, really like that Kozuka with the Ishime texture.

 

For any newbs browsing, check out the Nanako texture in this thread, take Brians Kozuka and the tsuba that Hamish presented for example, then compare to a cheap Nanako fuchi kashira or tsuba your likely to find on Ebay and see the difference in quality, puts things in perspective.

 

Good to see quality folks, thanks for sharing, appreciated. :Drool:


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Posted 24 January 2016 - 09:30 PM

Peter, that Omori (real or copy, either way) is beautiful!


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#26 Darcy

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:53 AM

You can kantei this one.

 

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 01:00 AM

And kantei this one.

 

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High res: http://nihonto.ca/2k-l.jpg

 

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Ludicrous res: http://nihonto.ca/2k-x.jpg

 

Good though because the macro lens tells you more than a magnifying lens will.

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 01:24 AM

One more for kantei since you don't see it every day.

 

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 03:51 AM

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Dear Darcy:

 

When someone says "High end," it is clear you and others who posted to this topic are no strangers to those words and that wonderful collecting realm. Absolutely stunning and impressive grouping of fittings! The quality we all hope to someday rise to in our collecting journey. Bravo!!

 

Best regards,

Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 06:03 AM

Some old favorites in this thread.

 

I hadn't seen the Joi f/k before. The Nara San Saku book is a fun one.

I previously owned an Otsuki tsuba a perfect match to Steve M's menuki. Last I knew, the tsuba was now possession of a French owner.

 

Darcy's mitokoromono and dragon kozuka:  I have a good idea.

However, the menuki have me beaten. I don't know enough to distinguish more than a few schools of menuki without seeing a signature.

I look forward to an answer on those, as it will teach me something.


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