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Everything posted by Geraint

  1. Dear All. This design, in these materials is so common it is not at all surprising that there are multiples around. Quality does vary between them. No need for it to be a split daisho or anything remarkable. They have always been suggested as Nara, it's nice to see a papered set to confirm this. All the best.
  2. Geraint


    Dear Colin. Not that it matters too much but that Echizen example you posted looks very much like a cast replica rather than a genuine tsuba. All the best.
  3. Dear Nick. Relieved to hear that you are not planning to bid, this is horrible! It is pretending to be a kogarasumaru zukuri by Nagamitsu, the same Nagamitsu who works in the Pearl Garden Chinese restaurant down the road. "Nothing to see here, move along now, move along!" All the best.
  4. Dear Ken. These are not in any way Japanese but Chinese. If you look up Chinese trousse you will find quite a bit of information on them, have a look at https://www.mandarinmansion.com/item/fine-chinese-trousse-set in particular. At 100euros for the pair I would think you were on the safe side. Many years ago I succumbed and picked up this one. All the best.
  5. And therefore the two faint characters are probably Kashu. All the best.
  6. Dear Mark. No it's not your eyes, I think the province kanji in the shu form has been erased through suriage. All the best.
  7. Dear Brian. You are asking a question that is impossible to answer. You say that it is by a certain maker and ask if it would be worth upgrading the status; it already has papers. So far so good. If the flaws in the shinogi ji, which by the way would be described as kitae ware, or forging flaws, are what you are asking about then welcome to the world of Koto, these are not serious. However you don't even tell us if this is a katana or wakizashi. I assume that it is a katana. So, you have a katana with papers by a known maker which is suriage but still retains it's mei, it seems to be in good polish and we can assume shirasaya but what about koshirae? It is being offered by a friend who you, 'really trust and respect', so what is the question? You trust the seller, you can afford it, (I hope!) and presumably you like it. So buy it. A lot of people will tell you that you can get a better deal but at the end of the day regard this a s a hobby which is going to cost you. The rewards in terms of satisfaction and delight are tremendous, they are worth the money. You will study this and learn a lot about swords from owning it, it will start to create your mental map of the history of the sword and Japan. What's not to like? Will you be able to sell it and make your money back? Who knows? Do you really care about that? In effect you are paying to rent a piece of history and high craft, if not art. It will bring you a measure of joy if it can be owned without too much financial pressure. Let us know what you decide. All the best.
  8. Dear Mark. I think the answer is almost implicit in your question. Being able to tell that the quality of a blade is worth a certain rank does not always equate with being able to pin down the time of it's manufacture. All the best.
  9. Dear Gary. This is a case where I would absolutely not go down the route of restoration. The wear and the colour of the shakudo below is an indicator of the age of the piece and I am pretty sure that any restoration would devalue the piece for ever. This wear is the result of long and honourable service and has a value as such. In many antiques the concept of patina plays a significant part, for example repolishing a piece of Chippendale furniture 'to make it more shiny' would be catastrophic, I think the same applies here. A more recent piece that has suffered damage is a different proposition. All the best.
  10. Dear Daniel. I note that you have not had a reply to your question and assume that you have probably found out the answer anyway by now but just in case, http://www.sho-shin.com/tokuno.pdf Nice sword by the way. All the best.
  11. I'm sure many of us know where you are at and sympathise. Just wanted to assure you that this field of study is compelling and can still be enjoyed during the time your family are growing. A visit here and there with a fellow collector, local sword club if there is one within reach and plenty of browsing online will keep you learning and vicariously enjoying swords and fittings. Eventually the time will come when they have all grown up and you get to play with something other than Lego again. Mine are all grown up and gainfully employed now and while it was a thin time regarding swords while they were growing I wouldn't swap and with the help of a few friends managed to keep learning. Hang in there. All the best.
  12. Not to get in the way of Peter's ambitions regarding the red list. And agreeing with all that has been said about the For Sale section, especially Stephen's sword. This is a perfectly legitimate Japanese sword with a late but authentic koshirae. All the best.
  13. Geraint

    Tsuba Material

    Slip of the key board Brian? My experience of shakudo is that it's copper colour before patination, no? All the best.
  14. Dear Geoff. I feel you may be assuming that the numbered blade and saya are the same sword as the original post. They seem, rather to be random images of a different sword posted by Cliff and not the same sword as the one that Brian was working with. I'm sure that Cliff had his reasons for posting these but for the life of me I can't work out what they are. All the best.
  15. Well, this just keeps getting better and better! What a lovely outcome and what a great koshirae! Congratulations! All the best.
  16. Dear Gary. Just to add to what has already been said, there are several ways of applying gold to tosogu and the answer to your question really depends on which one we are talking about. There are also particular ways of using the techniques which sometimes intentionally give the impression of wear to add to the quality of the design. Add to that the concept that wear can be an indicator of age and treasured as such. In either of these two cases 'restoring' the gold would be disastrous. Of course there are also tosogu which have just had a hard life and need/deserve expert restoration, if you have a specific example in mind then share some photographs and I am sure you will get the answers you need. All the best.
  17. Dear Barrett. Forgive me, I am not quite sure what you are asking. As the sword is Juyo and has an oshigata one would assume that the hamon in the oshigata is a good representation of the features of the sword. The images on the web site are limited and they do not show clearly the detail of the hamon under the hadori polish, but then again there is not a lot to see for this particular sword. If you are contemplating a purchase at this level then I am sure the dealer would be happy to supply extra images for you. If I have missed the point of your question then please do elucidate. All the best.
  18. Bargain! Grab it quick. Wangata tsuba, unusual koshirae, probably late but interesting none the less. All the best.
  19. Geraint


    Dear Dale. I think your questions answer themselves, though the examples I have seen have been stunning. Indeed some of them were the very first Japanese works of art that made a profound impression on me as a child when I saw them in our local museum. Major auction houses tend to catalogue these in a different section to the tsuba they list so for most people I would suggest they are a different class of item. All the best.
  20. Dear Bob. I believe the motif in number 104 is wasp and antlers, I have seen a similar design before. Both very nice tsuba! All the best.
  21. Dear Bob. I think the bird is a shirasagi, or white heron. If so then the crest is intended to be just that. Have a look here, https://passiondujapon.com/en/blogs/actu-novembre/shirasagi-no-mai All the best.
  22. Dear Glenn. Well you know that it's been shortened, right? If it had a mei that looks like it will have gone along with the original nakago. Narrow shinogi ji and overall shape, I would start with sue koto and work from there. We don't have a useful photograph of the kissaki which is a shame. Tsuba is one of the regular designs for Echizen Kinai saku and it seem to have a kogai where you might expect a kodzuka. Nice saya. Any use? All the best.
  23. Enlarging the image I think Michael is right, the point section looks gone. All the best.
  24. Just an observation, that is a nice saya with soritsuno........ All the best.
  25. Dear Michael. Have look here, http://www.ksky.ne.jp./~sumie99/shaping.html Just below the photograph is an illustration of kissaki which shows what your sword appears to be like. All the best.
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