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Andi B.

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  1. Andi B.

    Tsuba Material

    (This shakudo piece is copper colored.)
  2. Andi B.

    Tsuba Material

    Unpatinated shakudo is copper coloured. But it would be interesting to see the difference between black patinated copper and black patinated shakudo side by side. But I'm not sure, how untreated shibuichi looks like with its high amount of silver. Still like standard copper?
  3. I thought, we have 7% VAT on books and other print media in Germany, so I would expect 7% but not 19% if I buy outside Europe..?
  4. Looking forward to the Tosogu Classroom 3 + 4! (...please without Moiré pattern in the pictures 😉)
  5. ...that's why I wrote 'damage' with ' '. Actually I had shortened blades in mind (cut off to get a more practical lenght - not a 'rescue-cut' due to hagire or broken off nakago to keep the blade alive at least as weapon). I think it's a difference whether a blade has been altered during its active years as weapon or nowadays as part of a collection (which I would reject).
  6. Good point! As long as only the the old tsuka has to be replaced by a new one, there is no need to change the mekugi ana... But if you cut the blade you can also drill a new hole - the 'damage' has been done already.
  7. I think shortening a blade doesn't make any sense nowadays... (I wouldn't have my leg amputated to look better just because my kneecap was broken.)
  8. ...I think this stuff is called "Kiku-Mol' now (or maybe Kiku-Mol is a similar polishing paste)...
  9. ...I'll try to reach Michael and inform him about this post...
  10. If you have luck, some of this small pieces from the Nittoho Tatara have nice colours...
  11. Sad news! (I met him only once - end of October last year when he won the Kantei-Session at Tokyo Sword Museum...)
  12. Dave, menuki should be a matching pair, but that doesn't mean that the menuki are identical! See below examples. Also the correct placement when mounted is important. I read somewhere in this forum: - in case of an animal motif, the “heads” should be oriented toward fuchi while the “tails” should be oriented toward kashira; - in case of a plant motif, the “roots” should be oriented toward fuchi while the flowers, leaves or fruits should be oriented toward kashira.
  13. Hello again, What is the best solution to clean the urushi parts of an armour? I want to remove dust and grime and maintain/preserve the surface. Dry microfibre, oil, wax...? Thanks! Oh, I should stop cutting missing horn parts and better play with the cat...
  14. Not sure about wabi sabi in tsuba but here's one with an intentionally "matured" surface...(?) And for entertainment a knothole (church pew in Amsterdam) and a railing (pavilion, Okochi Sanso Garden, Kyoto).
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