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Professor Zhirinovsky

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  1. Ah! Thanks for this George, I think you are correct! Doing a quick image search of Japanese lichens, I find some similar stuff. Also, for me this is good news because I'm not big on landscape scenes. Stylized old lichen-covered rocks are way more my speed!
  2. Detail. These are mountains, yes? The odd indented border outline is kind of throwing me. They almost look like they could be rocks emerging from a tide pool, but for the "mountain path" design on each one.
  3. I'm looking at this simple tsuba I got awhile back (I'm hoping to find a rustic yamamichi Higo-style fuchi-kashira to match, so if anyone has any leads...?). What I first took to be generic cherry blossom stampings; might they actually be the kuyo-mon, the 9 planet symbol (used by Buddhists in general, but also the favored symbol of the Hosokawa)?
  4. Do these fuchi-kashira seem like an appropriate match to you guys? Assuming they're good?
  5. Thanks Curran. Not sure who those folks you're referring to are, but I'm hoping to get a better opportunity to see some stuff in 2022, when the Oregon Knife Collector's Association does its show in Eugene. They usually have a number of nihonto tables; in the past I didn't have enough knowledge to do anything but briefly "ooh! aah!" at them. By the time this Covid thing is done, I hope to have a better grasp of what I'm looking at.
  6. I thought this might be the case too, or that maybe the hole wasn't quite wide enough when the inlay was hammered in. I assume this would have been nearly the last thing done...and so after all that work, the maker just left it unsigned. Fortunately it is really only very visible on the blade-side. It doesn't really go too far into the obverse, and where it does it is camouflaged by the shishi's feet.
  7. Thanks Jean and Bob! All of this is learning experience for me, so any input, even based on personal opinion and privately-held value, is worth something to me. For my part, I can only judge the craftsmanship by my limited experience, having never held more genuine tsubas in my hand than there are fingers on that hand <does quick count>, "yup, six." At this early stage, I would hardly know tagane if it hit me in the face; all I can say for magnification is that the lines themselves have crisp sharp edges, and include intentionally-placed details that I wouldn't otherwise notice (the tiny dimpled texturing on the shishi's paw pads, for example, totally escaped me until I looked at them under a looking-glass, just now). Assuming the crack is a true issue of some degree that will forever bar it from the upper shelves of a collection, and on Bob's suggestion that doing so isn't completely idiotic, I think I'll put this back in the Mounting Option A category, and wait until the fuchi-kashira arrive to decide once and for all. I'm just trying to be careful here; I'm cognizant of the limitations of the blade I'm working with, and trying to make sure that what I build is honest for the period, circumstances, and economics of it's original owner. I don't want to be the kid that couldn't afford a real sports car, so he buys a Honda Civic and then tacks on a bunch of high-priced aftermarket crap.
  8. Okay, well... Can anyone just tell me if this is good or bad then?
  9. Kanji poem on the other side would translate to "History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man."
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