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  1. Björn, I am convinced that there is no such thing as better or worse (or right and wrong) in this field! It is all a matter of taste and individuel preference. If you could talk to a SAMURAI of his era, he might have had completely different ideas compared to a Japanese of our era, and we Westerners have still a different approach to the subject of what would be seen as 'fitting' or not. In the end, the completed sword should suit your taste. On the other hand, I have made the experience with myself that my sense of aesthetics or 'balance' has changed with the many years since I am dealing with this subject of SAMURAI culture, so......PANTA RHEI.....
  2. Hi Björn, as all NAKAGO are not created equal, it can be very difficult to fit an existing TSUKA to a blade. That is work for experts and requires special tools. In some cases it does not work out at all. The second objection I see is that the TOSOGU of the AOI Art TSUKA are nice, but far from the TENSHO line which we all saw as good solution. Personally I would not invest that (huge) sum in a project that might a) not look so good, and b) requires a lot of work to make it fit.

    Value reduced?

    Roger, that could indeed be the case if it were a SAN-MAI TSUBA. With Stephen's TSUBA I think it is a one-piece construction which was indeed misused as keyhole cover. See my sample

    Value reduced?

    Stephen, that is a very nice TSUBA! Of course the value is affected by the holes. If it were mine, I would Ford Hallam have it restored.
  5. Johan, the photo is not well focused, but it could be a heron (SAGI I think), seen from the front (or almost). In flying, they do not stretch out their necks, but you can see the long legs trailing behind. I don't think it is a long-beaked, long-legged sparrow. Additionally, you have indeed bamboo leaves and pine twigs.
  6. As the above samples, they are mostly made in "sheet brass", if I remember correctly.
  7. Yes, and it was called a 'Doctor's sword'. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show.
  8. Looks like JAKUSHU (?) no JU MINAMOTO NORIFUSA, but it is easier to read when not upside-down (ORIGAMI).
  9. Brian, my congratulations on this NAGINATA! It is obvioiusly very special - never seen one with a comparable HORIMONO! And the decorative poles come with it, very good. The repairs seem to be feasible, but it might be difficult to have it done in Japan. Polearms can be very interesting!
  10. A very nice KO-WAKIZASHI, but the MEI is almost an insult to the eyes.
  11. You have the correct reading of the MEI, so now you can start researching the smith. The little I think I can see in the pictures lets me believe it to be an oil quenched WWII blade. Maybe my old eyes do not see it correctly.
  12. Björn, the 'replacement' doesn't look like silver. It could even be glue or lead or whatever. But you have it in hand and will know better. Often, metal parts were traditionally glued in with URUSHI (lacquer), but a modern material like two components glue will certainly work as well. Ford will tell you what is best.
  13. Björn, as John said! I like Ford's FUCHI-KASHIRA set as well and I think it would be a good match. The TSUBA is missing an inlay (probably gold), and I think you could restore it. If not, I am sure Ford could help.

    kitsch or art?

    That is not a question, or?
  15. Andrew, Welcome to the NMB forum! I hope for you that this is not true: There are few cracks
  16. Alex, not necessary to count: centipedes have 100 legs, as the name says!
  17. Alex, the spider TSUBA is probably a fake! Spiders usually have eight legs!
  18. I have shown this already some time ago, but I think it fits into this thread. Not folding!
  19. Gwyn, to me it looks like a damaged MUNE MACHI (not MUNE MAKI). Although the photos are not perfect, I think I can see that the little offset is not at a right angle as it should be. This 'phenomenon' is certainly not deliberately made in the manufacture of the blade, but had occurred later. A little MACHI OKURI will have to be done to remove the flaw/defect.
  20. SHOKI, the Demon Queller.... Nice!
  21. Reid, thank you for sharing! It is a common knowledge that many museums do not have knowledgeable employees when it comes to Japan and its culture. I think your impression is correct that this could be a nice sword with an older blade and high-end KODOGU. Talk to the museum staff or take an expert (preferably from the NMB) there to advise them.
  22. John, you can compare with a similar TSUBA in the Varshavsky collection: Plate #46, No. XIV., https://varshavskycollection.com/onin-tsuba/
  23. Bob, I have indeed seen nicer ones, but that is only by looking at photos. It should be seen in hand. http://www.japaneseswordindex.com/tsuba/sanmai.htm
  24. Bob, your TSUBA No. 113 does not appear to be a KAGAMI-SHI (= mirror makers) TSUBA (these are usually cast in soft metals), but a SAN-MAI TSUBA ('three layers').
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