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  1. What’s going on here? Seems to appear on the other side of the blade as well...
  2. Thanks Piers. (I was imagining the handle unscrewing from the head, which doesn’t make any sense.)
  3. These are so beautiful. Piers, could you—or someone—please clue me in as to what makes an internal screw a useful feature on a mekugi nuki?
  4. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    Thanks Mr. Hallam—off it goes to Mr. Benson for submission in the January kodogu shinsa. Will post results!
  5. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    Mr. Weissberg’s site, nihonto.com, shows a kodogu set with very similar dragons: https://www.nihonto.com/11-6-19/
  6. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    3.55” high x 2.95” wide 0.40” at rim 159 gr. I’m just... awestruck. This beauty’s going to shinsa for sure! (I think it was the whisker-holes on the dragons’ muzzles—and the way the nanako bends around the mimi—that finally broke my brain...) While this may be gimei, I keep thinking of Darcy’s article on Ichijo’s unreal ability to work in hyper-miniature. There a few tiny areas of blunt-force damage to the nanako, but the condition otherwise seems fantastic. There is heavy grime visible within the centers of the coiled dragons that I’m not about to mess with. Would love to have you all’s input, and particularly Mr. Ford’s: Is there any reason NOT to immediately pursue shinsa? I was thinking that the expense of any restoration work should be delayed until I get positive shinsa results—or would my odds at shinsa be improved by having it restored first? Thanks guys, off to go breathe into a paper bag...
  7. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    Whoa—thanks all, I’ll post more pics when it arrives...
  8. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    Sorry for the strained necks, guys, images corrected...
  9. RichardP

    Found a tsuba...

    Sorry, this is the only other photo I have from seller:
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