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#1 Rayhan

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:38 AM

Hi all

 

Just wanted to share some custom Koshirae work done for my Aoe by Aoi Art Japan. It was a lengthy process and has been well documented but in essence,

 

over 5000 pieces of Japanese blue Abalone, completely done by hand

 

Edo period fittings

 

Hope you like it!

 

 

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#2 NihontoCollector

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:52 AM

Very nice Saya! Very flashy but tasty in my humble oppinion. Congratulations!


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#3 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:09 AM

Definitely one for the colour blind.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:11 AM

I like the matching FK and tsuba. What was the blade that it was made for?


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#5 Hamfish

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 11:12 AM

as long as your happy with the end product, that's all that matters


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#6 Rayhan

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:55 PM

I definitely love it. I know it's not for everyone but in hand, a beauty :)

#7 NihontoNewbie

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:17 PM

Gorgeous!!! Everything blends so nicely.
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#8 J Reid

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:35 PM

Looks great!
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#9 Brian

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:16 PM

Unique! First time I have seen blue used like that. Must say, it is appealing to me. No more gaudy than some of the Goto stuff or pearl white ito mounts.
Nice work.


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#10 BulletSprinkler

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 09:57 AM

Swiggity sweet!

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#11 javier

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 01:14 PM

Nice Saya!

#12 Surfson

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 01:49 PM

I think it is really beautiful Rayhan.  I would be super careful about storage though.  Exposure to extreme dry, or wet air might make some of the MOP or the underlying wood move around and crack/split the lacquer.  What a treasure!   It would have been interesting to have fittings with some cloisonne  as the mounts.  Here is a nice tsuba for it.  Cheers, Bob

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#13 Stephen

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:56 PM

Nice! Did you ask who the artist was?


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#14 seanyx11

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:04 PM

That. is. Awesome.  I don't usually like flashy colors and on my koshirae, but I have to say that looks amazing.  I personally would've gone with a darker blue ito, instead of the sky blue...but I'm still loving it as is.  Nice work man. 

 

I can't even imagine the amount of time and detail that had to go into making that saya.  You guys have apparently learned a measure of patience that has yet eluded me, I would've chewed my hand off while waiting for that to be finished.


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#15 GrantK

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:24 AM

Very nice! The saya is really interesting to look at!


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 04:28 AM

Wow, must took long time to make this kind of saya.

 

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#17 Rayhan

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 05:10 AM

Thank you for the kind words guys and sorry for the late replies:

 

Stephen the artist is  Mizuo Tachibana, Studio Tamao, 301 4-18-21 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Japan

 

Robert, thank you for sharing the Tsuba, it is beautiful.

 

Matt, the sword it goes with is a Juyo Aoe (picture attached). The reason I chose this theme is many people describe the Chirimen Hada as crushed silk but I liken the hada to the morning waves that break on black sand beaches. So I wanted an element of the ocean there, with water fowl. 

 

Aoe 3.jpg

 

The saya took 9 months from concept to completion and the entire project almost a year. In bright light you can see the blue and green hues, in darker light it is black and purple. 

 

I have 3 more projects with Aoi being created by the artist Shokan Matsuda so when ready I will post them here too.

 

 


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