Commissioning Custom Koshirae
Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:11 AM
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.
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.
Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:38 AM
Either way, as always, I do appreciate all insight that you provide.
Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:07 AM
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?
1) Brian Tschernega , John Tirado
2) Saya determines the size of what follows, so wait until that is determined before buying fittings.
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.
Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:14 PM
Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:02 PM
Check out the links section above right...lots of them there in Japan.
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