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  1. 1kinko

    Ryu Menuki

    Gold plated. I’ve never seen gold wasted on ashi.
  2. Well, of course Ford would be the best source for this information, but I’ll tell how I do it. It of course depends on what the grudge is composed of, and it’s probably a mixture of oils and proteins. Patinas are ruined by low pH, abrasion, or heat, so stay away from most inorganic chemicals. Basic grunge should be removed by simple detergents at low concentrations but full strength shouldn’t hurt. For organic oils, start with alcohol or acetone as the more water-soluble and move in to ethane, or turpentine for fattier oils. Proteins can be removed with papain used to tenderize meat, but be careful to read all the ingredients or buy pure papain. The deep crevasses in your habaki may require use of a soft toothbrush, but go slowly and softly and rinse and evaluate frequently. Brushing is most likely to erode the patina on the upper edges so vertical rotation of the bristles is safer than horizontal brushing. You might try all these techniques on the inside first. These chemicals can all be used on patinated menuki to remove old pitch from their interiors.
  3. The base of the baleen can be cut into strands any thickness you want. If you have spare pieces you could burn it. If it’s baleen it will smell like burned hair, if it’s bamboo it will smell like wood.
  4. The downtime seems to have gone the job. Mac snd iPhone back to normal- thanks!
  5. Mac still good, iPhone back to never. Is it the latest iPhone update?
  6. Whatever you did the NMB is back on iPhone and Mac in Virginia. Perfecto!
  7. For what its worth, the spots appear to me to be dot inlays that were not adequately punched in. On several you can see the impression of a larger nanako tagane around the outside of the inlay impression. If this was the only tagane used to place the dot, it would not withstand a lot of handling. Perhaps the intended color of the spots (white silver, yellow brass/gold, brown-grey shibuichi) might be helpful for speciation?
  8. Working well on Mac and slightly better on iPhone here in Virginia. It was really terrible this past weekend on iPhone, so something seems to be working.
  9. Well, there are distinct differences in the reasons whys people subscribed for the promised books. From reading the messages here on the NMB, most are collectors or admirers of tosogu. So your interest is understanding, not in application of techniques. For those of us who actually make this stuff, it’s a different story. I’ve been at it daily for about 10 years now, and, apart from 3 classes (2 with Ford), it’s been trial and error. Had Ford done what we promised, he might have saved me about 5 years. The other fact that only practitioners know, is that Ford only reveals the basics, and there is a lot more to know. However, without even a table of contents, I have no idea what the end product might ever be. For the amount I gambled, I could have bought some pretty nice tools or tosogu. Ford is not the only master that communicates in English, but is a master.
  10. He’s been on his Patreon site for a few years since his heart attack, and he was out and about enough to get Covid. I’m pretty sure he can still type. We all know he reads the NMB and is aware of this discussion so he must be keeping a low profile for a reason.
  11. I taught graduate students for decades. One a thesis is written it is hard to exposure oneself to peer review. Parturition is always difficult, particularly if you don’t write a lot of stuff for publication.
  12. I know nothing about how this (or any other) site works, but now it’s really slow to open the site itself, slower yet to open individual topics, and I frequently just give up on opening posted photos. Bummer.
  13. About 2 years ago I asked Marcus Chambers. He said Ford was working on it. However, I offered to edit the original 8 volumes for clarity (I’ve been a scientific editor for many years) and received only a preliminary introduction consisting of a little autobiography. Then I was informed that he had a publisher in Britain but something was wrong with the proofs. I've never even heard of a table of contents for 1 volume, much less the original promised 8 volumes. There have been requests for a digital form as well. I don’t really get it, if he’d just summarized and updated the Following the Iron Brush information he could have satisfied many of his subscribers. I guess he’s found his Patreon site (which is spotty but quite good) to provide sufficient income to stiff his subscribers. I keep hoping I’m wrong.
  14. I’ve never heard of daikon being used on the patination of iron/steel. It is commonly used to reduce/prevent copper deposition (and consequent yellowing) on fine silver on kinko tosogu.
  15. Two lovely tsuba arrived yesterday, much better in the hand than online. Very easy to order and quick response and delivery. Grev is a pleasure to do do business with.
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