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  1. Vermithrax16

    Mito tsuba

    Sure, I have this one: 8.75 X 8.1 .88 thick 252 grams
  2. It will vary I imagine. I know some folks with 100-300 swords. Never ends for them. I am about at end for my sword collection. I know what I like most and when I complete a set I have in mind, that will be it as far as purchasing. I still love to study and learn, so that never ends. Fittings on the other hand........
  3. Very pleased to be able to share this with the board. If you read my posts it's clear I am fond of Hamano school works. The master Shozui founded the school, and it's easy to see the Nara school influence in his art, but he added to that. Large themes were usual for him. To his students he passed along his bold designs and fine detail with accent work that grabs the eye and attention. Once grabbed, you come to see themes, use of space, and subtle details that are beauty. He had great students, Noriyuki being one of, if not the best. Validated Noriyuki works are rare to see but always a fun study. Noriyuki himself was a master metal artist with vision. Thanks to our own member here Ed of Yakiba.com I had an opportunity to add a Noriyuki work to my collection. Thanks Ed! Highly recommend. This work is of the God Fukurojuro, or sometimes seen as Jurojin (or are they one and the same....). "Fukurokuju is usually portrayed as bald with long whiskers and an elongated forehead.[1] He is said to be an incarnation of the Southern Polestar. The sacred book tied to his staff either contains the lifespan of every person on earth or a magical scripture. He is accompanied by a crane and a turtle, which are considered to be symbols of longevity. He is also sometimes accompanied by a black deer (ancient legends say a deer turns black if it is over 2000 years old)." As this piece is unsigned, it is attributed to 'Den Noriyuki' as Noriyuki I and his son, Noriyuki II, are so close in styles and execution it's hard to parse them. In any case, Noriyuki I student Naoyuki is one of my favorite fittings makers, and so I include a picture of the two works together at end.
  4. Anything papered Omori is going to go very high. I think I have seen either this set or menuki by very same smith somewhat recently on Auctions (Jauce, Buyee, etc) so maybe a collector is moving them via Rooster.
  5. Congrats to buyer. Wonderful sword.
  6. I loved the motif on this kozuka and the moon/clouds work. On common auction site so after study I worked on a bid amount I thought fit the piece. I wound up with it, so I guess I was wrong, or right. Depends how you look at it. Kozuka of a frog/toad looking up at moon. Brilliant shibuichi with great color. Composition and use of space, especially empty space, is excellent IMO. Great in hand, better than the pics I managed. It has a mei......and I don't think it's correct. I will post it here to let the sleuths offer an opinion if they would like. Naoharu of Yanagawa School, which is a medium name. Based on what I got it for, not many thought it was correct either. Also added a modern kogatana as I liked the hada. Thanks to Kelly Schmidt for doing all the work on these items, Much appreciated and can recommend highly.
  7. I had never heard the legend of the "Sohaya no tsuruki" but after viewing a sword at Touken Matsumoto I found out: https://japaneseswordlegends.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/tokugawa-ieyasu-and-the-sohaya-no-tsuruki/ Here are the pictures, old sword on top: Here is the more modern utushi. LOVE ukubi kissaki: https://www.touken-matsumoto.jp/en/product/shousai/KA-0448
  8. If mounted with pegs DOWN, could be hand protection? No idea but wild find. Thanks for posting Dale.
  9. Slapping blade down hard on shirasaya or saya often the culprit. Super annoying and a serious put off to me on a blade.
  10. Hi Peter, If you search "LCD digital microscope" on Amazon you will see many models. The one I bought is no longer there, but around $120 the models are similar. 12MP and 7 inch screen. I run it off my PC as I cannot figure out how to operate it just by itself (no user guide supplied, have not found good one online). But my PC is in the den which has crappy lighting, thus my light issues. Wow! That's a great handheld! I have a small one I think 2X just for quick looks but it's impossible to take a picture with it. Creative folks here, let's see some pictures!
  11. Took a few of the habaki: More bright, direct light pic of blade:
  12. Hello, A little while ago I bought a somewhat cheap digital microscope to see if it would add any value to my study of swords and fittings. So far, I like what I have been able to get from it. Lightning remains the biggest challenge, as too direct or strong washes out the images, but off set weak light imparts a sepia tone to the pictures looking at swords. Still a work in progress. I started with some tsuba as it's a smaller item. What came out really well was the fine chisel work on a kao; you can see the marking and scalloping movement used by the metalsmith to make the fine curves: I took some pictures of a tanto I have. It's hard as you have to pick a certain feature to hone in on, due to the depth of activity in blades. Here I was looking nie and hamon sungashi.
  13. Just feel sick, terrible. Very sorry for his friends and family.
  14. To me, it makes the time I spend (many, many hours) looking through books, scanning the web for Japanese art renderings to better understand influences on fittings makers and their work styles worth it. They were often as you know intertwined. And once something like this comes up, it's just very rewarding.
  15. A few weeks back a kozuka came up for sale via a Japan vendor and something in my mind went on high alert. I could swear I had come across the very theme presented on the kozuka. It was a rare theme, and perhaps that is why I found it both striking and familiar. I made arrangements for purchase. The Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849) is most well known for his famous work "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". His woodprints and paintings make him one of the most well known artists in Japanese history. Due to the very specific theme of the kozuka, a simple search of my bookmarks revealed an interesting tidbit: Hokusai had printed a work named "Gathering Rock Tripe". Sadly, the year made is not given. It was the very artwork I had remembered when I saw the kozuka. The kozuka is made by the great Hamano Naoyuki (1754-1827), and he's one of my most favorite metal smiths. The detail work and depth is spectacular, and the shibuichi has great colors and tone. The kozuka could very well have been made after Naoyuki saw the Hokusai artwork. Or he just fancied the theme or saw it locally. No way to tell unless he wrote it down somewhere. Included below, the painting by Hokusai and pictures of the kozuka as best as I could do. Also a couple pictures from the vendor which show the fine details better than mine. Sorry for the long story, but this sort of thing excites me and represents one of the most fun aspects of Nihonto collecting.
  16. Kozuka by Furukawa Jochin. Jochin was the son of Genchin of the Furukawa School, often just grouped within Yokoya works. Genchin was taught by the great Somin, and Furukawa works are often top tier examples of katakiri and katakiri bori work styles. Kozuka depicts two sumo wrestlers in a contest. One is about to execute the kawazu-gake technique takedown. Deep colored shibuichi, great tones, and super fine details (body hair, finger nails, much more). Super excited about this kozuka and will study for some time:
  17. Had an easy transaction with our own Bullet Sprinkler (Jay) this past week. Made a deal on a kogai and shipping was ultra fast and the kogai was packed in such a way a truck could have driven over it and it would have been fine. Easy to work with. Item is way better in had than the pictures I saw, which is always nice. Recommended to buy from.
  18. Kuninaga made excellent mokume works. Often with cool cut out patterns. Looks nice.
  19. Trade has been arranged, thanks for the interest! Can be moved to archive.
  20. I am asking trade as value to me of a great fittings book is more than an item I am moving from collection. With Hozon, a great condition Shonai, and given time to really look at it it's a serene motif, this tsuba would be valued around $500-$600 IMO. I know of few books in that range.
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