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  1. Yep, completely different tsubas. The seller does mention "Similar products will be listed in "Edo Metalworking Edition". Please note that it is not this product.". It's very nice though. I've seen Marus Chambers, modern US smith, do a utsushi of Murakami's most famous dragonfly tsuba and it takes an incredible amount of skill and work to get it right.
  2. Sad to see his website go. It's such an amazing source of online knowledge written in English. I don't know of any other site that goes so in-depth into fittings like his.
  3. Thank for sharing David, when I read your stories with him I invision it all in my mind. Learned a lot of new things as well about Darcy. Must have been such nostalgic, fun and amazing moments shared with him.
  4. It's definitely not functional and Meiji era export/art piece. The elaborate enamel and massive size are the first give away. Yea, did you see those tiny square indents in the tsuba? very strange I've never seen them before.
  5. Saw this tsuba pop up for auction and thought it was quite interesting as it's a combination of mixed metal and enamel. Usually It's either just enamel or just mixed metal but not both: https://auctionet.com/en/1958835-hidemasa-a-Japanese-mixed-metal-and-enamel-tsuba Also there's some strange tiny square indentations on it. Does anyone know what those are?
  6. The Hamano Naohide and Omori Terumitsu tsubas in this auction I’ve definitely seen for sale on Darcy’s website in the past.
  7. Yeah, there's at least two issaku koshirae, both fairly famous: ^one of my favorite koshiraes of all time, incredible iron work ^from Darcy's website. "Blade is called Suiryuken due to the fantastic mounts with dragons and waves he made for the blade. The blade is now Juyo Bunkazai" -Darcy Going back to the tsuba, admittedly that mei is looks quite authentic.
  8. Agreed, the feet and the roughness around the chicken inlay is where I'm like rlly? no way it's anything close to the real thing. Also the composition and surface of the tsuba.
  9. So when I first saw this tsuba I blew it off as fake, since well it's Natsuo and on Yahoo Japan, and additionally never saw this chicken in his sketchbooks before. That being said I just checked the auction results and it sold for $27,441! What's your thoughts about it? Think it's hopeful people with lots of money who just wanted to bid on something "Natsuo"? or is there more to this tsuba that I'm missing? https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/l1001421571?conversionType=browsing_history
  10. https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/l1001421571?lang=en&rc=yaucc_sp this “Natsuo” tsuba has interestingly 30+ bids on it already! What are people’s thoughts?
  11. I've dealt with them before. Legit and very good dealer. Had no problems with them and very communicative.
  12. Hi, I'm looking to buy a tanto or hira-wakizashi with horimono from Gassan Sadatoshi or if anyone could put me in contact with someone who sells them. Here's are some great examples of what I'm looking for:
  13. I don’t want to miss this being an Ichijo school fan. To confirm is this on Saturday only? 11am to 3pm?
  14. That time of the year again when the SF Token Kai is coming up. Wanted to say the original post still stands and if you have any tsubas fitting my criteria and you will be at the SF Token Kai please pm me.
  15. Yep, Juyo for machibori tsuba is pretty incredible work. I only submitted this tsuba for TH at the moment. My favorite of the Ishiguro school is Masaaki. His work is so intricate and immaculate. I wish I could collect more of the Ishiguro school but the school's works are so rare and expensive.
  16. The 2021 NBTHK papers! I guess some leaps of faith are worth it (okay, and admittedly a lot of research).
  17. Thought I'd share this tsuba I acquired last year that recently just got it's NBTHK papers. By Nomura Katsumori(1835-1917), a student of the famous Kano Natsuo and teacher to Imperial Court Artist, Kagawa Katsuhiro. From the mid Meiji era onwards Katsumori worked mostly for the Imperial Household Agency so his works are quite rare. Here's some other examples of his work from the MET Walters and MFA museums. https://art.thewalters.org/.../tsuba-with-a-peony-blossom/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/candidecoating/8541259102/ https://collections.mfa.org/.../peopleSearch%3ANomura... I believe the theme is about General Minamoto no Yoshimitsu (1056-1127), aka Shinra Saburo (who was an accomplished performer on the sho, a short bamboo mouth organ, and founder of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, an ancient Japanese martial art style) on top of Mount Ashigara. The back/ura and front/omote side are basically one vertical picture from the back side's stream and tree transitioning to the top of the tree, mountain and sky on the front side. One interesting note is it seems this tsuba was ready to be mounted. Notice the branch in the seppa dai area is engraved and not relief. The mountain on the front flattens at the seppa dai as well. https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/minamoto-no-yoshimitsu/m02w1dnh Tokubetsu Hozon in 2021
  18. Yea that loofah design tsuba is a very famous design by kato teruaki. However it’s also one of the most faked designs out there. When I see it I instantly know it’s fake. Most of them are poor fakes too, the nanako is printed or cast. I’ve never actually seen the real loofah tsuba before from him before. I’m sure the real one must have looked amazing.
  19. Just got back the results from shinsa today. This tsuba passed Tokubetsu Hozon!!!!! 🙌
  20. Being a buyer of only very high end tosogu, Darcy’s prices are actually fairly reasonable. Especially compared to Iidakoendo or other sites.
  21. All very great suggestions. I’ve actually been eyeing lida-san’s Goto Ichijo daisho tsuba set for awhile but it’s a bit too expensive for me. Personally I feel Darcy’s items are usually the perfect sweet spot for me in terms of price an quality. btw, can anyone link a gallery for Shingendo? I can never find what they have in inventory from navigating their website.
  22. Happy new years, time for my quarterly WTB high-end tsuba post. I'm looking for a very high-end machibori tsubas (preferably 7cm+) from these schools: -Tanaka School -Otsuki/Unno School -Omori School -Ichijo School -Ishiguro School -Sekibun School -Mito/Hagiya School -Kono (Haruaki) School -Ichinomiya School -Iwamoto School -Hamano Noriyuki or Shozui -And any other amazing late Edo/Meiji tsubas If the price is over $10,000USD I require Shinsa papers. Feel free to post here or pm me, thanks!
  23. That probably one of my favorite F/K I've seen yet! the detailed inaly work and that rarely seen Natsuo long mei is beautiful!
  24. Do you know how I can get into contact to buy some of these items? specifically his tanto pieces?
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