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#1 johngdo

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:11 AM

Hello,

I will likely soon be commisioning a full koshirae for a family blade. I've never had a project like this before, so I was hoping to take advantage of this board's collective knowledge. I have two main questions.

First, do you have specific recommendations or considerations regarding craftsmen in the USA? Dr. Thomas Buck at tsukamaki.net appears to do great work for a good price, but I've been unable to find much in the way of reviews of his previous work. Do you have any recommendations?

Second, I was looking for advice on choosing fittings for a custom koshirae. I would ideally like to use antique fittings, and of course understand that nakago ana and overall dimentions must be correct, but wanted to ensure that I avoided other mistakes. Any advice on choosing antique fittings for a blade?

Again, thank you for your time.

John

#2 b.hennick

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:18 AM

I would contact Brian Tschernaga for high-quality work.Fred Lohman for reproduction pieces and lower quality work.   


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#3 johngdo

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:38 AM

I realize after making this post that it may have been more appropriate for the tosogu section, but unfortunately I don't believe I can delete it or move it. I apologise for that oversight.

Either way, as always, I do appreciate all insight that you provide.

John

#4 nagamaki - Franco

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:07 AM

Hello,

First, do you have specific recommendations or considerations regarding craftsmen in the USA? Do you have any recommendations?

Second, Any advice on choosing antique fittings for a blade?

John

 

Hello,

 

1) Brian Tschernega , John Tirado

 

2) Saya determines the size of what follows, so wait until that is determined before buying fittings. 


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#5 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:44 AM

John, quite a few discussions on this topic can be found with a quick search on NMB. Good luck on your project.

 

Ken

 



#6 Bo123

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:14 PM

Hi I'm looking for a dealer in ancient katana's in Japan do you know someone for me thanks allready

#7 Brian

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:02 PM

Name?

Check out the links section above right...lots of them there in Japan.


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