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  1. Dimensions: Yamagane tsuba: 6.1 x 5.8 x 0.4 cm katashirome tsuba: 6.0 x 5.8 x 0.25 cm
  2. Call them what you want (e.g. ko-kinko), but these are two sword guards made of soft metal (yamagane and katashirome, respectively) in the Muromachi period. Simple, utilitarian, they have a great charm and some remnants of black lacquer. I will post dimensions later. $80 each or $150 both. PayPal fees and shipping extra. If you want to pay in EUR I accept only bank transfer.
  3. A yamagane tsuba with remnants of gilding. Muromachi/Momoyama, such a guard would be typically attributed to tachi kanagushi. Whatever the attribution, this is a nice and old soft metal tsuba. The colour of the yamagane is brown and very nice. I will post the dimensions later, but this is a rather thick wakizashi-sized tsuba. The colour of If you want to see a similarly gilded tsuba, there is one (# 38) in "Gai Sô Shi - The Robert E. Haynes Study Collection of Japanese sword fittings" (excellent book, BTW). I post a picture here. $250 (EUR 240) incl. Global Express shipping (w. tracking). PayPal costs extra, for EUR a bank transfer is preferred.
  4. David, I got this: This attachment is not available. It may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it to this location.
  5. Mason, Well done with the mei! It looks like a Kaga shinto, Kiyomitsu perhaps. It is machi okuri rather than suriage. It seems like a nice sword.
  6. You are welcome Barry I love this tsuba and it's motif's symbolics.
  7. Now, that is sweet and, to be honest, cheap as dirt! An entry level Higo, that could pave to way to the great stuff that most Jingo work is. Fantastic offer, Michael. I still remember a Jingo bought from you - one of my best guards! Guys, you won't find anything better at this price. Just buy it, it is an opportunity! A real tart, that is passing
  8. This beautiful octagonal iron sukashi tsuba has what is called "presence". It feels heavy and massive in hand, despite its rather average size. A superbly done shakudo fukurin adds to its allure. I admit that although I am not collecting Edo tsuba (unless it is early Edo), I simply could not resist this tsuba. The composition is excellent, the guard radiates strength and confidence. It is one of my favourite tsuba, but I need money for an acquisition. The motif is that of an axe and two mortar pestles. In my humble opinion it alludes to two legends. Firstly, to the legend of Wu Gang, a complacent and disrespectful gentleman who was condemned to eternally cut branches of a Cassia tree on the moon. Secondlu, the Cassia tree and its seeds were associated with immortality, and the Moon Rabbit, a companion of the Moon goddess Chang E was pounding the elixir of life in a mortar (on the moon of course). So, both the axe and the pestle in this motif here represent immortality, but - by associaton with Wu Gang - it is also a warning against arrogance (for which Wu Gang was punished with his Sysiphean task). I have attached a picture of a T'ang dynasty bronze mirror with the motif of Chang E, the Moon Rabbit and the Cassia tree as well as a picture of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's woodblock print "Cassia Tree Moon", showing Wu Gang (from the 100 Aspects of the Moon series). Of course these are not part of the sale I think that both it sturdiness as well as the symbolism of this tsuba made it fit to be worn by a sword master. In any case, it is a very nice guard, in every respect. The NBTHK has judged it to be Echizen. Fine by me, although I cannot quite see why. I think Myochin would be a better call. Well... Measurements: 6.6x6.8 cm Thickness at rim: 0.6cm, at seppa dai 0.5. This tsuba came in an ordinary box, which I can include if the buyer wishes it. but I think it deserves a custom box. Shipping w/o box This splendid guard is yours for: $720 or €640 This includes shipping to EU or US, wire transfer in USD or EUR prefered. Payment schedule possible.
  9. Thanks, Brian, it is indeed priced to sell I think that don’t need to mention, that a donation to the NMB will be made upon a successful sale?
  10. The tanto: 1. It is what people tend to call a "cleaver". It is absolutely massive in hand, very broad (motohaba of 3cm, that's 1.18'). 2. It is in beautiful, classical polish which shows the steel and hamon very clearly. There is utsuri, as in most Kojima swords 3. It is unusual (one side has been polished down on purpose to see changes to hamoin) and ideal for study. 3. It comes signed and with a sayagaki by Kojima-san, which describes its history in somewhat poetic words, AFAIR. 4. Measurements: Nagasa: 24.5 cm (9.64') Motohaba: 3 cm (1.18') Kasane: 6.5 mm (0.26') 4. Hamon and hada: Hamon is choji midare with tobiyaki (ura) and midare (omote). Hada is tight koitame. There is bo-utsuri. I own a few swords made by Naohiro, including this interesting tanto. I have bought it to study the effect of polishing on steel activities, but also to analyse natural choji in comparison to designed choji (in this case I used a gorgeous Chounsai Tsunatoshi tanto as a benchmark for designed choji). Now it is is time to part with it. I would like to refer you to a webpage on which this tanto and its origin is described. It is a fascinating story: http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/effectofyakiire.html My understanding is that this tanto had a blister on the omote, therefore Kojima san has decided to submit it to his experiment. And it was the omote side that has been polished down. A remnant is still visible, but does not detract from the beauty of the blade. This tanto is yours for: $1,000 or €885 (shipping and any charges are extra, payment schedule possible). Wire transfer in EUR or USD prefered. Allow me also a few words about the maker of this tanto, Hiroshi Kojima, the 4th Naohiro... I have known Kojima san for years and I regard him as one of the most open and helpful Japanese sword smiths. His only wish is to make swords and spread sword knowledge. He shares his sword knowledge willingly and teaches to focus on steel and its particles. He does not care about recognition, he plays down his own knowledge and his sword making skills in a way that reminds me of the best English traditions (those who know English gentlemen will know what I mean). He is not a Mukansa and will probably never be one - he simply does not care about it. He loves his work and that is sufficient for him. Kojima san is always keen to experiment - I own a sword by him that he has folded only three times and quenched/tempered without clay (it came out with an amazaing saka-choji hamon). Kojima san appreciates simple, functional swords, even if they are no masterworks. His own swords are functional, too. He does not try to emulate any particular style, but his daito are usually tachi with a rather tight steel full of ji-nie, a flamboyant choji hamon and utsuri. If he makes a sword in the style of early koto, his steel is not so tight anymore. He is the last sword smith of his lineage, and I cannot imagine any student who would have the talent, patience and humility to go through a full apprenticeship at Naohiro's.
  11. @Christan I believe it is called hada-tachi (hada that stands out). @John I still think it is hada. But we'd have to see it in hand.
  12. John, I believe they are often called chikei, but are the result of folding various sorts of steel. Real chikei are arrays of ji-nie and are a hallmark of quality. I guess, this is a question of nomenclature. However, when we call something chikei, we should not refer to what is an aspect of hada. For how should we then call those formations of ji-nie?
  13. It is always possible (and highly likely) that the pole has been shortened and the ishizuki fitted at the cut off end. Costs of shipping for objects longer than 1.5m are prohibitively high, so the Japanese dealers just cut the pole down when shipping overseas. Which is a shame, but what can you do... Was it worth JPY200k? A nice blade papered, polished and in koshirae (even a shortened one)? I would say you have paid the full price, but I would also say it was reasonable. Enjoy your little beauty!
  14. Russell, You cannot go wrong buying from Grey. He is one of the top dealers, always absolutely reliable and honest.
  15. Why don't you post your video on Youtube or Vimeo, and them post the link here?
  16. Sengoku_54jp is the same dealer as daimyou54eb. On Yahoo they can pull any auction if the reached price is not satisfying for them. And so they do - a common practice.
  17. John, You won't find anything better at this price, that is for sure. Also, Grey is one of the nicest people to deal with - a real gentleman. Tokubetsu Hozon is also nice to have - it tells you a lot about the quality.
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