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  1. I was also going to say Akasaka and a super nice one at that!
  2. Agree with Dale, very nice one. I especially like the dragon fly!
  3. Dale - The other side is similar and also signed, some slight differences based on the design. Attaching a couple close views of it. I figure if its cast iron, I could probably clean it up as if it was a cast iron skillet! I assume anyway...
  4. Very cool video, I was unaware that these "traditional" cast methods are still in use. Seems like a definite step up in comparison to the chinese cast fakes...
  5. Oh ok, I had not seen one before. Do these heat protective coasters have a name?
  6. Yes, I completely agree it is a decorative item and not a Tsuba. As for it being cast, I am still on the fence. Let us assume such huge cast decorative items were made. Where are the others? I have looked quite extensively and can not locate a single one even close to this one's size and crazy weight. Could the reason we can not find one be that it is, indeed, not cast? I could take some more closer up pics that might shed more light on the question. Though I really don't mind if it indeed turns out to be cast!
  7. Yes, it is magnetic. I don't see any signs of cast lines but the iron shows some porousness, but couldn't that be due to corrosion? Seems crazy to make such a huge and heavy cast Tsuba. If it is cast, the mei looks to be chiseled on after.
  8. I picked this up mostly as a curiosity and I also like the design. I know it is in rather poor shape. That aside, it is an astounding 8.5 inches (21.59 CM) round. About a half inch thick and is over 7.5 pounds! I believe it is made of iron since it is magnetic and it has an bronze-like (brass) patina? It is signed on both sides Bushu Ju Masanobu. So many questions : Was this made to sell on the docks for westerners? Was this a presentation tsuba given as a gift to someone of status? I don't think this thing is cast but I wanted to ask anyways? Who made it? The real Masanobu? Gimei? Do I clean this thing like I would my regular old iron Tsubas?
  9. Yeah, that looks correct. Thank you Jean.
  10. Looking for help translating this mei (sorry for the poor quality as the tsuba is in process of being shipped) Thanks, Patrick R.
  11. John - Yours does show clear cast lines, especially in the 3rd pic. The ebay one in the last pic looks much better. I would like to see better lighting on the inner walls to be sure though. Also, the execution and subtle differences in the ebay are a definite improvment over the cast one. They used sand iron which can sometimes give it a sort of grainy texture to the iron. The ebay pics might be showing that to us. Attached is my Tochibata which is still one of my favorites. I also have a couple other rope rimmed Tsuba, one of which "could" be a Tochi but I am not sure of the other one. Will post pics when I have some time...
  12. Authentic handmade tsuba made to look like it has been cast. Solved it!
  13. I should have put "At first glance" before my comment as I did not look at it in detail. Would be safe to say that Ford's observations are correct. In addition there is some crude carving in those sideways hearts on the Owari piece.
  14. Those look good to my eyes and I agree, I doubt modern makers would bother with double sekigane.
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