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Chris Colman

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About Chris Colman

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    Auckland New Zealand
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    Nihonto, Iaido, Kyudo

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  1. Hi Curran, Try Token Bijutsu Kogeisha in the links restoration list, they list them but out of stock for tsuba. The craftsman left Namikawa a few months ago so they no longer produce them. regards chris colman
  2. Some tosogu came up at a recent auction, i was lucky enopugh to pick up these pieces. I am not sure what the finish is on the tsuba, too light for , it looks like shibuichi but i dont remember seeing this on a copper base before. chris colman
  3. Hi Chris, I found Tom to be slow but reliable, he has wrapped a couple of tsuka for me, the last one took some time to get done. regards chris colman
  4. Hi Ronnie, In what condition are the Nihonto Koza volumes, are they the Japanese version? How much will it cost to send to New Zealand? chris colman
  5. Does anyone know what happened to Nihontoart de? I had a quick look at the site after seeing this post, now i want to purchase one of their book the site is not active. chris colman
  6. Tsuba from a tanto I owned some time ago, photos taken with one of the first digital cameras so apologies for the quality, not that the quality of my photography has improved markedly from those days. chris colman
  7. I am hoping someone will be able to translate the two possibly three kanji, the owner thought Naga ? Looking through my library of kanji it could be yama naga ? I haven't found anything like the last kanji. Apologise for the poor photo quality, taken with my old Nokia. thanks chris colman
  8. Remaining photos of the Yasutsugu koshirae Also a set of iron fuchi-kashira with chider, I particularly liked this set because the chidori are almost a match for the tsuba which I have had for quite a few years. A more experienced collector than I told me the head was missing from the bird on the left other wise what a good tsuba it was. Seeing missing heads on the fuchi-kashira was quite pleasing.
  9. Complete set of iron tosugu from a later generation Echizen Yasutsugu wakizashi, one of my favourite koshirae because of its simplicity. I am not sure if shark skin is used in stead of ray skin, the nodes are uniform any thoughts on this would be appreciated. The menuki I assume are based on the kenuki gata no tachi worn by Yoritomo in the well known portrait.
  10. Chris Colman

    Owari Tsuba

    Hi, Nothing to add to meaning of the tsuba, but I did find in my saved photos a Kaneyama with similar motif. regards chris colman
  11. Hi Piers, Thanks for the help, I have spent some time to arrive at Chohan Hajo Masataka zo, checking over all the kanji references I could find. I can see some resemblance between the tsuba kanji and those you posted, without them I wouldn't have got anywhere. regards chris
  12. I hope someone can help with this mei, Masataka is all I can get from my books, initially I though Choshu, but none of the kanji match anything I have looked at. regards chris colman
  13. Thank you Morita san, can you say what the character is at the beginning of the Takase Eiju mei? I have attached a couple of better photos of the second fuchi. regards chris colman
  14. I recently bought three fuchi, From the kanji references I can pick out Yoshi-Hoka-?Tsugu Kao; ?-Taka-Sei-?-?-Kao; the third is not clear at all I guess it was mounted on a board at one time, ?-Yoshi Saku, kanji on the right I can't make out at all. I would appreciate help filling in the blanks and any information on the craftsmen. regards chris colman
  15. Thank you for your input Moriyama san, I have been studying the kanji lists I have and have problems seeing Yoshimitsu. The more I look the more I see that could fit the two curved strokes on this kanji, quite frustrating. chris colman
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