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  1. Hi Chuck, Very nice Tsuba. Haynes only has two listed that sign like your man (H 11272.0 & H 11273.0) and the latter has a Kao - that I think resembles yours.. Not exact, but probably to be expected maybe, from a sketch. But then again, most Kao take on a similar form. No much info on either of them, so I doubt anyone would go to the trouble of forging it..? But you never know..! Haynes states the other (H 11272.0) is Hamano Yasutaka and died ca. 1800 - with an unrecorded Kao. Barrie.
  2. I have made them in the past, but they are a bit of a fiddly thing to make. The Japanese are very clever and if there is a hard way to do something, they will find it. I reverse engineered an old bag and found that it is double lined with a thin layer of padding inside. None of the seams are visible, even when you turn the bag inside out..!.. Basically you have to make the outer and the liner (both inside-out of course to be able to sew them) which are then sewn together on the top of the bag - at what will eventually become the opening of the bag. This is when I also attach the manufactured ring (using the same material) for the fusahiso cord. Then you have to turn one half inside out and then pull the other through it, also turning it inside out so both seams are 'inside' the bag - for want of a better explanation... It is difficult to explain and its a fiddly job. BTW, the liner should be slightly smaller (half inch all round) than the outer so the seams don't bunch or cause creases in the liner later on. Each time I make another bag, I have to sit down and basically re-teach myself the process.. My wife won't touch them..! I used modern materials and sometimes brushed-cotton for the lining of the Koshirae bags, because I could not bring myself to cut up and old Kimono. It is time consuming, but oddly rewarding. I couldn't make them for a living. Of course you can cheat and have the seam showing/ visible inside the bag which is fine, but that is not how they are made. They certainly are worth trying to make though, but study an old bag first. Good luck. Barrie.
  3. Oh..! I did not realise it was that expensive, The book is written mostly in Japanese, but here are some excellent pics - that I presume show typical Owari Tsuka. BTW Markus Sesko has some koshirae books out explaining the characteristics of Owari koshirae/ tsuka that details the kashira size in comparison to the fuchi size etc. which compliments this book. I can take better photos later, when I have more time - if you need.. Barrie.
  4. Hi Chuck, Do you have this book? Barrie.
  5. Hi all, Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. Price reduction to $199 AUD. Cost of fittings is worth more than that, but I don't want to break up. Barrie.
  6. Apologies; I misunderstood the question, but it looks like sikigane (added at the time of manufacture) to me. Barrie.
  7. Yas, It is called Sekigane.. An insert (usually copper) to allow the tsuba to fit (snugly) to the nakago.. You don't just see them in the nakago ana either.. They are sometimes fitted in sukashi tsuba around the seppa-dai to fit a koshirae (Koiguchi for example) or in the Ryo hitsu-ana to accomodate kodogu or to protect the kodogu from scratching.. The latter usually being fitted to iron tsuba and done in shakudo or gold to protect the fittings. Here is an example in the kozuka-ana from one of my Akasaka tsuba. Tsuba from Suruga often have kutchibeni style sekigane that are fitted as part of the tsuba aesthetics. This is a kantei point as well. Barrie.
  8. Sold; thank you. Donation made to NMB. Barrie.
  9. On Hold - pending payment. Barrie.
  10. For sale is a Tanto Tsuka with Shakudo F/K and Hosokawa Kamon Menuki. Two piece shitodome in the Kashira. The fittings are small but have no major damage. Suitable for another project, or enjoy as is. Sizes. Tsuka length is 121mm. Fuchi - 33.5mm x 20mm. Kashira - 28.5mm x 15mm. Menuki - 20mm x 10.5mm. $250 AUD + postage. Please PM if interested. Of course donation to NMB if this, or my other items sell. Thanks for looking. Barrie.
  11. Wakizashi size iron tsuba with Hollyhock (?) leaves and zogan design. Some minor Zogan missing, but not too detrimental. Nice colour iron. Size: 65.5mm x 65mm x 4mm approx. Nakago ana 26.5mm x 8mm approx. $75 AUD + Postage. PM for more photos or if interested. Thanks. Barrie.
  12. 🤣🤣 hahaaa... Brilliant. Hi Mal, Never thought of that, but (in my little mind) is plausible.. Barrie.
  13. BaZZa, Totally agree. It is an oddity.. One would have thought that a Kamon would be far too important to not be 'on display'.... Obviously the original owner decided comfort (in his hand) when fighting, was more important..? Or he couldn't afford another menuki to be made..! 🤣 Raffaele, So if you only have one menuki and it is only for display (for you), then maybe just place that one menuki on the Ura as you have stated.. As you say, you're not interested in future commercial value. Either way, good luck with your project. Barrie.
  14. Hi Raffaele, I have a Daisho and the menuki are mounted in the Yagyu style (or reverse); i.e under the palms of the hand when holding the Tsuka and the Wakizashi only has one menuki fitted. The other menuki is not missing.. This late Edo period Daisho was deliberately designed like this.. Maybe you could emulate that..? Barrie.
  15. Hi Robert, Try Heavenly Warriors; The evolution of Japans Military, 500 - 1300 by William Wayne Farris. ISBN 0-674-38704-X It's a bit of an 'academic' read, but I found it very interesting. Good luck. Barrie.
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