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ROKUJURO

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  1. George, there is absolutely nothing to be seen on these photos. But perhaps it is only my old eyes....
  2. Dan, this is a sad attempt to fake a military sword. HABAKI and different level of HAMACHI and MUNEMACHI say it all. Better photos are not required. Not Japanese, although the inscription on the blade says TOYO INU (TOYO dog).
  3. Thank you John! Good examples of corrosion treatments to avoid on TSUBA!
  4. Dan, the way the TSUKA-ITO is done is not traditional. And if you watch a Japanese swordsmith forging a blade, you will see that even a raw NAKAGO is way more precise and nicer looking than this one even without finishing work with SEN and file. I cannot see much of a HAMON and HADA on these photos, but that may be due to my old eyes.
  5. Volker, that is a massive medal with a thickness of 3 cm! Really? And is there a Buddhist relation indeed or a SHINTO? That would make more sense, I believe.
  6. Jeff, I don't think that the FUCHI has the same quality as the TSUBA. It maybe the photo, but if you look at the NANAKO, it appears to be by a different hand.
  7. I would like to express my doubt concerning 4) as 'rising mist' (VARSHAVSKY collection). Mist or fog usually occurs parallel to the earth surface in nature, so unless the TSUBASHI did not intend the TSUBA to be seen in an unusual angle (which I have problems to imagine) I am not so sure about this interpretation. In other TSUBA mist or clouds are always depicted horizontally: I have seen rain depicted as big droplets (in KO-TOSHO TSUBA) or as fine parallel grooves, often in an angle, in later TSUBA.
  8. Jeff, welcome to the NMB, and congratulations to the ownership of a Nobuyoshi blade (TOKUBETSU HOZON) and a nice and valuable O-SOTEN TSUBA.
  9. The HABAKI looks a bit strange, but I cannot see it clearly.
  10. Found at Antiques.co.uk Perhaps not KO-TOSHO TSUBA, but EDO JIDAI.
  11. Robert, Ivory is one type of tooth, while deer horn is a kind of bone (basically calcium phosphate). Ivory can have different hardness depending on the location in the elephant tusk. The exterior portion is a bit harder, as far as I know.
  12. I have seen them being called 'rulers'.
  13. John, it might have been intended as a distinguishing feature for a MEI and was more difficult to copy. Leonardo Da Vinci made most of his notes the same way, and this might have to do with how his brain worked best.
  14. John, to increase your confusion, there are a few swordsmiths who wrote this way.
  15. Gwyn, interesting questions! We don't know the prices that were asked by their respective makers, so we have to look at today's market and taste, but we can assume that TSUBA like YAGYU or TENPO were much esteemed in their time although they sometimes do not appear very refined. I don't think that these were cheap TSUBA back then. Generally, if you have a look at a TSUBA maker's work, I have a suspicion that many TSUBA nowadays are sold very cheaply. Most of them could not be made today at their actual sales price! So to answer your question, today's taste and fashion go their own way and do not necessarily correspond with the ideas of the old TSUBAKO. That is the way I see it, but that may well be wrong.
  16. Nicolas, a nice package, an interesting blade with lots of HATARAKI (as far as I can see), a simple but tasteful KOSHIRAE in very good condition - vas-y si tu as les sous!
  17. ...and 'Assistance sort for translation' should have been Assistance sought for translation? There is a solution for the 'big fingers' - just re-read your posts!
  18. The TSUBA is a new tourist souvenir item.
  19. Elegant and obviously well crafted. Congratulations!
  20. Rodriguez, interesting find, congratulations! The MEI is probably KANEMICHI. What about the overall length of the WAKIZASHI (not wakisashi)?
  21. As far as the photos allow to see, the FUCHI is new (industrial/IAITO) as well as the HABAKI. Aluminium SEPPA are not used. Looks like new civilian/sport mount or put together. To make a better assessment, we need all parts disassembled and shot in close-up.
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