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    Writing books on tsuba, collecting. Building things and finding novel ways to reuse objects for other purposes.

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  1. Kobushi -gata [closed fist shape] one of the more common 'odd shaped' designs. The one you have pictured is a widely copied design, some are very recent cast fakes- I don't believe this one is fake, the workmanship looks good , I can't attest to the mei, but it could be genuine. The example from the Georg Oeder collection has the same mei. There is a poorer example in this thread - One of my big ugly kobushi brutes.
  2. There is an example of the Rats and fan tsuba in the Ashmolean/Jameel collection and I have a Wakizashi size guard of the same design.
  3. The fukurin probably hides the construction method, not your usual Shingen that is for sure. Barry that Varshavsky one is a bit rough and ready - plenty of loose wires. He has another one that is dual personality but on the one face. We can't see the opposite side to see how it is constructed either. Is the double sided from your collection Peter?
  4. I have been buying gear [mostly tsuba] for about seven years from Jauce. The packaging is so good you could literally drop it from a plane! The shipping at the moment is expensive DHL, was not so bad when EMS was open. The Jauce format is very different to eBay, you need to deposit your funds first before an auction, I find this an advantage as you can't spend what you don't have! They do drop in some strange fees though - deposit fee, banking fee, winning fee and you are charged the local postage cost getting to the Jauce warehouse [ even though I suspect the seller pays for that up front] I hope that doesn't put you off because the bargains you can get really out weigh the little fee nibbles. I have bought some items through auction for as low as 1 yen [with no other bidders] and a lot of identical material on eBay were four or five times the price - and you still pay shipping. The same items are often also listed on Yahoo Japan https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/
  5. Hi Hamish I have been buying gear [mostly tsuba] for about seven years from Jauce. I agree with Ian the packaging is so good you could literally drop it from a plane! The shipping at the moment is expensive DHL, was not so bad when EMS was open. The Jauce format is very different to eBay, you need to deposit your funds first before an auction, I find this an advantage as you can't spend what you don't have! They do drop in some strange fees though - deposit fee, banking fee, winning fee and you are charged the local postage cost getting to the Jauce warehouse [ even though I suspect the seller pays for that up front] I hope that doesn't put you off because the bargains you can get really out weigh the little fee nibbles. I have bought some items through auction for as low as 1 yen [with no other bidders] and a lot of identical material on eBay were four or five times the price - and you still pay shipping. Have fun.
  6. Sorry but after a few days the smell would probably keep most things away - maybe not cats?
  7. Yas, is this one the same as the 'Wanted man' above? It is listed by a different seller? https://www.jauce.com/auction/b515768575 [https://www.jauce.com/auction/n488809158] has been cancelled? Or are we seeing more of these reproductions? The detailing is identical, but of course it would be if both are from the same factory?
  8. Richard, It has the same features as the last one I posted with the leaves overlapping the rim - what do you think cast or utsushi? I am not a big fan of package deals they always contain some form of rubbish you don't want. [Not saying that guard is rubbish but you know what I mean]. Thanks for posting the image.
  9. Do these ever end? https://www.jauce.com/auction/f488928175 https://www.jauce.com/auction/f487942011
  10. Spartancrest

    Rabbits

    It is a good thing Walt Disney didn't see those rabbits - or we would have had 'Usagi' the flying rabbit, Dumbo could never have competed. https://www.jauce.com/auction/533149538
  11. Yet another pattern here - with matching fittings! https://www.jauce.com/auction/d480908604 It is a bit rough & ready.
  12. For any Aussies Blurb have dropped their shipping rate for the Chosen-gafu book [matte] to $11.99. So a hardcover copy works out at AUD $46.05 and a soft cover AUD $34.05 that includes the shipping. I have no idea how long the shipping will stay at this price. Give me a pm if anyone is interested.
  13. Sold for ¥ 101,000 High price for a modern replica! Yas- you can find this replica 'Wanted Man' - I don't think he is as good though! https://www.jauce.com/auction/n488809158
  14. Mauro there is another like yours here https://www.jauce.com/auction/d483683450 I don't know what you paid for yours, this one is not cheap. I am pretty sure this one is cast, not as good as yours. The rim is very plain
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