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#1 dominnimod


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 01:13 AM

Yesterday found this tsuba, a little brass tsuba.

I would say its probably gendai or meiji period, doesn't seem very old.

Personally i would feel bad mounting it, kinnda like stabbing a baby turtle  :(

I have never seen a tsuba shaped like a turtle in this way, remembers me to the mushroom heads tsubas,

What do you guys think about the age? Is this a common design? Comparing examples of turtles in Japanese tsubas

with this one,they appear to have a different aesthetic.



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#2 Bazza


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:33 AM

Bottle opener???



#3 Ken-Hawaii


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:06 AM

Interesting find, Jose. Being somewhat of a turtle expert, your tsuba is actually a composite of two, or possibly three, different species. The head is that of a water turtle, the main body is that of many tortoise species, & I'm not sure about the feet, as they're not quite in focus.




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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:20 PM

Perhaps a tourist item, rather new. KOZUKA HITSU is sloppily shaped. 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:49 PM

I think it is adorable. Really cute tsuba regardless of age.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:16 PM

Ahhhh, stick a sword through it already and be done with the nansy pansy!

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#7 Timur


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:53 PM

It's a cool one, Jose!

Just to encourage somebody else to show his one I show mine.

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#8 Curran


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Posted Yesterday, 02:17 PM

I think the sudden passing of Thierry has taken the wind out of our sails in this part of the forum.

Thierry would not have wanted that, and I will remember him for quite some time.


Valery- This is a pretty little unusual tsuba. It is signed, but I cannot see the signature. Who is the maker?

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Posted Today, 09:00 PM

Thank you, Curran, it is Choshu Masaaki  - 正明


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