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Everything posted by jlawson

  1. Here are a few from my collection.
  2. Mark as you know there are no absolutes when it comes to Japanese swords and dismissing tsuba that come off of not so great swords would be a mistake for sure. I have personally seen one VERY good tsuba popped off of a civilian mounted showato that was used for military service. Remember that it was not just swords that were passed down in families and in fact if you think about it since most samurai had different rigs for their swords there undoubtedly were handed down kodugu. For a young man going off to war that did not have an ancestral blade he may very well have placed his ancestors Jingo tsuba on his sword if it would pass for appropriate.
  3. Certainly looks yagyu in design but in my opinion it is to sharply cut in areas (specifically around the sukashi parts of the mimi) for me to think it that school and the bones don't look right. I don't necessarily think it is a cast copy but that is often hard to tell from photos like this. Bring it to Tampa and lets have a look at it.
  4. FYI several other people have emailed me to commit but we have much fewer than the last time when we did the Choshu book. Markus has already started the translation so please let me know if you would like to participate. Thanks for your help in this project.
  5. RIP, a very knowledgeable collector who will be missed by many.
  6. Works great except they messed up their business about 6 months ago by making a change that excluded anything in certain categories because they think they are prohibited items. Many items that are sword fittings are now restricted. In addition if the item goes over 200,000 yen I think they exclude it as well because of having the do the extra clearance for it to leave the country.
  7. bumping this up to see if we have any other people who want to participate.
  8. Sorry Steve, the book focuses on Echizen Kinai not Akao.
  9. This is the translation for the book so you will need the original book as the photos can't be published.
  10. We are currently working on an English translation for the Echizen Kinai Tsuba 1988 by Tsuruwaka. This will be done similarly as we did with the Choshu book and is being done by Markus Sessko. The last translation was done in super high quality and contained an incredible amount of information that has never been available in English. We expect the same thing from this translation. The Kinai group of fittings makers were prolific and there are a great many pieces in collections. If you have not seen the book before it contains an incredible amount of information on this group including kantei points on each generation as well as differences in their multiple families. Our target for this will be completed in February and cost $125. If you are interested in being part of the project send me a PM and reply here as well. For reference, here is the book on Grey's site - http://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/books/b539-echizen-kinai-tsuba-tsuruoka Thanks.
  11. For many years at Japanese Sword Shows you would see them quite a bit. However you don't see them as much anymore. Perhaps there is a collector out there who is buying them all up. :-) As is the case with many tsuba schools you will see a varying degree of quality in these. Myochin group produced some nice examples as well as some other areas. There are many that are even signed by or mention collaboration with swordsmiths in regards to using their plate etc.
  12. Looks like a temple bell. Very nice work there Pete.
  13. I had the great opportunity to spend a day there in their archives at Oxford in February of this year and was able to look at many of the pieces of this collection. Really a fantastic collection with some significant pieces. The collection notes that they had there were also really valuable. The site is great in that they have been able to catalog everything for all to see, but if you get the chance to do so I would highly recommend seeing if you can see the collection.
  14. jlawson

    Tsuba Id Help

    I would say this is likely a legitimate choshu tsuba that is mumei. Remember though that there were several schools in the same time period that made similar tsuba and it being unsigned is just an educated guess to Choshu. I don't think it is cast and it is actually rather nice, although I think the red rust should be addressed.
  15. The question is how much fine Nugga Wagga is required for a sword to be classified as Nihonto. Surely there is some measurement or scale that we can use to determine the authenticity of swords. Please also someone needs to alert the certification bodies NBTHK and NTHK that they are going to need Nugga Wagga detectors or persons of sufficient quality to detect amounts of Nugga Wagga.
  16. A little late to the topic but here are some of the favorites from my collection. Signed and papered to ToshiYoshi, Tanaka school.
  17. Ouch. I would say you are not starting off well as this appears to be a modern reproduction. I would take a step back possibly and do a little research before you continue buying. Some places that I would recommend for genuine Tosogu - www.nihonto.com, www.nihonto.us, http://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com Sorry don't know anywhere in Spain that sells nihonto.
  18. Guido sorry if it looked like I was countering your "devils advocate" comments as that was not the case at all. Just giving some feedback on some of my experiences with getting restoration work done on tsuba and shinsa etc. I was actually pretty hesitant on posting that as I also don't want to be the reason that someone reads this post and decides to strip off the hundreds of years of age and history on that fantastic jingo tsuba that looks a little crusty. In regards to lacquer work and having it re-done I truly am a neophyte and have no idea how someone would be able to tell if it was older or not or a repair but clearly the nbthk does. I would think that your comment above about the lacquer just being restored but not new would not cause an issue for the nbthk but clearly thats not the case here. It would be interesting to find out what ultimately happened with that one. I also find it interesting in the new NBTHK shinsa standards that they mention for Momoyama koshirae that it is acceptable for some repairs and still get papers but they don't list what those repairs are. Also they don't mention this for other periods so does that possibly mean that anything that is repaired after momoyama would not be considered for papers? http://nihontocraft.com/2015_NBTHK_Nionto_Tosogu_Shinsa_Standards.html
  19. Yokoyama school unfortunately but you might find a match on the signature and give you a definite match as a shinshinto Tosho piece....
  20. Elliott has a nice example here http://www.shibuiswords.com/yasuri.htmof Tosho tsuba made by ShinShinto Yokoyama swordsmiths as well as some information on the school. Toko Taikan also has info on page 340. Not 100% sure that yours is the same group but seems likely and you might start there.... If it is, that is a pretty nice find and great companion piece to someone who has a sword signed similarly.
  21. Just another comment here about "cleanup" on fittings and corroboration on Fords comment about them getting papers afterwards. I can confirm also that there are several items that have been cleaned up and have gone through to get very high papers from the NBTHK. There is a delicate balance between cleaning up years of abuse than stripping down and removing all patina. I have always been told that there is no substitute for the original patina and that once that is gone that there is no way for it to be re-done. I can tell you that is not the case for all examples. There are some pieces that you can easily see that have been "messed with" and you will know it. However when done by a professional restorer you will never be able to tell. This is especially true for late edo soft metal works that after professional cleaning and restoration look as though they have been just very well taken care of. It is also amazing that after a gentle cleaning and in some cases a touch up that the metal itself can heal and become even better after sitting in the safe for a few months.
  22. As usual, I will be there Guido. I won't make the kantei session this year but will make the rest of the activities.
  23. Thanks Stephen. Try this one http://www.nihonto.com/rh494.html
  24. Jean if I am not mistaken I think the one that is on Fred Weisberg's site is the one that we saw at the kantei session last year. It certainly appears to me to be the same sword.
  25. Yes very nice. However if we are talking Yamato Shizu you guys should also take a look at the sword that Fred Posted on Nihonto.com. I saw this at San Francisco just before it went up on the site and I can tell you the Hada is stunning. It may be the most active I have ever seen for this school. Really a great sword. http://www.nihonto.com/rh494.html
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