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  1. The hyōshigi is a simple Japanese musical instrument, consisting of two pieces of hardwood or bamboo often connected by a thin ornamental rope. The clappers are played together or on the floor to create a cracking sound. Sometimes they are struck slowly at first, then faster and faster. Also very prevalent in kabuki.
  2. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it… I feel I barely know anything about blades but I am even more completely mystified by judgment of tsuba. I’ve bought a few that I like based on theme and my personal preference, but I wouldn’t know where to begin to start a ‘proper’ collection.
  3. Good (well… bad) pictures and discussion of use/misuse of uchiko here: https://blog.yuhindo.com/uchiko-considered-harmful/
  4. Some of this conversation reminds me of the back and forth between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice in “Silence of the Lambs” (changed a bit to make relevant… and less creepy): HL: First principles… simplicity… read Marcus Aurelius, “Of each particular thing, ask what is it in itself… what is it’s nature?” What does he do? This man you seek? C: He collects nihonto HL: NO!!! That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What NEEDS does he serve by collecting? C: Anger?… ummm… social acceptance… HL: NO!!! He COVETS! THAT is his nature. And how do we begin to covet? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now. C: No… we just… HL: No… we begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t your eyes seek out the things YOU want? C: All right, yes…
  5. Not questioning your decision or saying if you should or shouldn’t buy it because it is your money and YOU are the only one who has to be happy with it… But just some general questions with regard to collecting that we all ask ourselves about any purchase. Why this blade? Why do you like it? Does it speak to you? Have you studied Jumyo and you find this particular smith or time period or school interesting? Does it ‘fit’ into your collection? What will you learn from it? Have you compared it to like/similar blades?
  6. Would you be able to provide sizes for upper left tsuba, bottom left tsuba and upper right tsuba? Thank you.
  7. Also an excellent resource: https://markussesko.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/nihontocompendium-e1.pdf
  8. JP, Sometimes it is easier for us to offer grace, peace, and kindness to others as opposed to giving it to ourselves. We carry things around… our burdens, and the burdens of others. We are not good at asking others to help with our burdens though. Please know that this group is here for you and I am sure there are others. As your burdens lighten, come back as you can… there are open arms waiting for you.
  9. While this YouTube video pertains to swords, it should work for you too. Making a paper shirasaya. You wouldn’t necessarily need to do all the steps. Keep yari well oiled as well. At least until you can do something more permanent.
  10. Try a read of Darcy’s explanation of daisho to see if that helps. https://blog.yuhindo.com/daisho-and-daishoisnt/
  11. Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor… not @Ford Hallam…
  12. As always… thank you for the informative and thoughtful response.
  13. Hi Ed, Quick question (and please excuse my ignorance) that has always confused me and steered me away from the boiling process. Many of the ‘processes’ I have read about putting patina on a tsuba (let’s say on a new one) includes a process to cause red rust and then boiling to transform red rust (bad) into black rust (good). Please don’t ask me to explain the chemistry. Anyway… does boiling damage the rust/‘stuff’ inside of sukashi that is supposed to be left alone? Also, what is your view on mitigating red rust inside sukashi? If it is active, won’t it someday eat away the thin sukashi? I know we don’t clean nakago, but some of the views about oiling them are discussed. Thanks, Mark S.
  14. Thanks. I only bid it as a mumei mounted yari, so I figured I would get out bid. Not broken up about it. Just figured I would ask.
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