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  1. The seam is central on the ura because of the emperor node placement being central on the omote. As that node is central on the skin, I assume it's easier to measure and a more economical way of using the skin. It also means there is a solid piece of same over the seam in the wooden core which would make for a more solid handle. I've also read(where, I can't recall) that the seam is put on the side so the user/owner can tell it is a full wrap of same, though obviously a panel can be cut in two and the seam faked. I've got an old tsuka(wakizashi) that has 3 pieces of same, omote is one piece with nice emperor nodes and ura is two pieces, joined in the centre but also joined mune and ha, negating the added strength of the full wrap but simulating it. But I suppose it's purely speculative to assume a full wrap makes a tsuka stronger; likely it does but is it over engineered? I don't know.
  2. Probably just economics throughout the ages. My 1940's Sadaroku Gendaito had a full same wrap prior to it being restored with period menuki and new ito.
  3. Technique is called Uchidashi. As Geraint says, the piece is originally punched from the back to give height to the elements on the front, then the front is worked to give detail. No moulds are used. Here's a video of the technique by the man himself, Ford Hallam.
  4. Seems Hans Koga has used this apparent book as a scam. Paul Martin's page - https://www.facebook.com/The.Japanese.Sword/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARAIWFEVRNzY8BPXcdiCVf8ogJr__M6oo8Blr_Ktd1LcYiZLuZiUiOrPyEWHtotdzaZmwow8tIp9lTVt&hc_ref=ARSGqcU46uACoBszNulDiNr2da2uIQNz2dIYcGCzJm_7_lhxPc1_EQHe8JWss09nrlc&fref=nf A translated post from Izumi Koushiro - From now on, we would like to particularly warn international sword enthusiasts to please be careful of the Swedish person who goes by the name of Hansuke (Hans) Koga (Real Name Hans Igelstrom) who currently works as a Tsukamaki (handle wrapper) in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. He appears to have studied a little, but is not a fully fledged craftsman. However, because he can speak English, he seems to get some requests for work (from overseas). When he appeared on (Japanese) TV last year, he claimed that he was the only person who could do Higo Koshirae (mountings). As you would expect, the local craftsmen complained to the TV station, and the program was stopped from being rebroadcast. First of all, Mr. Koga was looking after about ten swords of an acquaintance of mine, but he sold two of the best ones out of them without permission and has not returned the money. That is a crime. Since last year, the victims (my acquaintance) appointed me as an agent to pursue Mr. Koga. I consulted with a lawyer, but even if we filed a lawsuit in a civil trial and Mr. Koga did not have the ability to pay the money, it just costs more money such as lawyer fees. As there has been no attempts by Mr. Koga to pay money back, my acquaintance is trying to make his case. Furthermore, Koga Hansuke recently wrote and published a book. He has received payments from customers but has not sent the books. This is a complete scam. Mr. Koga was renting a workplace in a private village run by Tamana City in Kumamoto, but he stopped renting there at the end of March (2020). It turns out that he was only renting the space at the Folk Village, the problem was that they allowed it without properly vetting Mr. Koga. I realize that the person in charge understands that non-Japanese who live in places like the private folk villages will also become a kind of advertisement/attraction. However, I would like to ask those who lend without checking carefully to reflect a little on their actions . In any case, we will pursue Koga Hansuke to stop using Japanese traditional crafts as a cover. This is a notice for Japanese and International swords enthusiasts to be careful. Koushiro Izumi Trustee: Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai (NBSK)
  5. First one suggests Hirata Hikozo in style but work suggests school work or later utsushi. Second, I agree with Peter that it looks like Umetada Myoju but again, while this work appears well done, it's not as bold or well executed as Myoju, so would have to plumb for school work or later ustsushi. Both very nice though and I'm also a fan of copper or brass tsuba.
  6. With Daruma being there, it's likely they are omamori which are small amulets dedicated to Buddhism and Shinto kami.
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    Pole arm Hoko

    From the exhaustive "Nihonto swords of Japan: A visual Glossary", it is called a Tsukikama yari. Edit - a quick google brought this up - http://gunbai-militaryhistory.blogspot.com/2018/01/hoko-early-Japanese-spears.html
  8. A few days ago, I heard that my parents (both in their 70's with underlying health problems) were potentially stranded near Cape Town due to Air France cancelling their outward flight to the UK. "Sh...ugar!", thinks I, "Who do I know in SA that can maybe help?" and so I contacted Brian to ask if he had any insight into accommodation or flights. I received a lengthy reply from him, saying unfortunately he didn't know anyone but here was a list of sites, and this one was particularly good, and his cell number in case they needed any 'local' help. So, thanks Brian, for actually helping the old and needy and not feeling the need to trumpet it on the forum. Brian, you are appreciated, Take a break and maybe people will actually realise that. FB Nihonto is mostly garbage.
  9. HK just extended its quarantine to all incoming except for Macau and Taiwan so add two weeks to that 'loooong layover'
  10. If I'm still here it would be my pleasure to show you around. Seems as I wrote last night's message, our gov confirmed the mandatory quarantines for Spain, parts of France and also Germany and Japan, so make sure you don't get that layover on the way back or it will be a very long layover.
  11. We've only put incoming bans on people from South Korea and Hubei province so far. 14 day quarantines are in place for mainland China, Iran and Italy incoming but no others as yet. They're considering quarantines for Spain, France and India as well but no confirmation yet. Our own numbers are decreasing and neighbouring Macau has had no new or current cases for a couple of days now. Unless you get a spike in SA cases, you're probably good to go. Unless it's me putting you off
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    Tsuka mistake?

    I prefer the overall look of the radish/daikon tsuka. I like the earthy tones, the more elegantly shaped tsuka and the tsukamaki is well done and blends/flows in to the fuchi and kashira much better than the horse tsuka. The horse fittings look good and the nanako is reasonably well done but the tsuka looks stumpy, there are no curves to it, the ito looks so so and does not flow while the kashira knot looks enormous.
  13. Yes, hira-zukuri katana. I owned one once, a rather slim example, and it did not feel very substantial. Rather like it would bend if you swung it too hard. I understand(I'm not a sword swinger) that they make very good soft target cutters but can very easily take a bend if not handled well. There's a modern made katana in hira-zukuri, I forget the maker, that does very well in tamashigiri competitions. Apparently it's made rather thick and wide to try and prevent bends, but it still does.
  14. That's a reef knot, or sometimes called a square knot, if that helps any budding tsukamakishi.
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