For Sale W M Hawley's Shinto Bengi Oshigata (Hardback Edition)
Posted 14 March 2018 - 05:50 PM
My copy of Hawley's Shinto Bengi Oshigata.
This is the Light Blue hardback edition with 163 pages of hand drawn oshigata
Every oshigata is cross referenced to Hawley’s Japanese Swordsmiths.
Woodblock carvings done from actual sword rubbings for exceptional accuracy. Covers smiths from 1596 to 1680. The reproductions are surprizingly accurate, with details of chisel strokes that enable checking for forgeries. Includes many lesser smiths not usually found in modern books. From a ten volume work dated 1779.
The volume is excellent near mint condition with no marks or annotations.
Offered first here at £80
postage to the UK £10, overseas approx £20 depending on destination
Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:56 PM
Willis Hawley, the publisher, describes them as rubbing, and they were rendered as woodblock reproductions in the production process, and many people have found them useful in various ways. For me the most useful feature is the accurately reproduced yasurime. That is a feature of nakago assessment that is critical, but often undervalued, for if you know the approximate time of blade manufacture the yasurime tends to be pretty invariant and if it deviates one should be very cautious. Knowing just what angle they should be would be a challenge for a faker who might otherwise get pretty close with the mei as their parameters are less likely to be entirely the same blade to blade.
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