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  1. Adamt

    Value reduced?

    I am hardly a expert and like Dale posted a different species of sea cucumber seems correct but I have seen this described as a wave motif which I found to fit in with the sea theme
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    Well the blade size is definitely smaller on one so wouldn’t that mean a smaller sword giving you the big and small definition?
  3. Adamt

    Tsuba purchase 1

    Ah… so this is a cast one too… was thinking possibly carved plus the fact it had been on a few blades… oh well…thank you so much for the input… so true spend more get more. lucky I still like it…. Is the signature just rubbish too? when would this have been made. if they say period tsuba what date that referring to?
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    Tsuba purchase 3

    Ok last one…. Should I stop buying and re school my untrained eye or going ok so far? thought I would get something with inlay Hopefully edo is the aim
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    Tsuba purchase 2

    Hi all, this one I think is probably a cast… I found one exactly the same the next day in better condition and yeah I have doubts now… I still like the bridge and water theme but what age would this one be? Thanks Adam
  6. Adamt

    Tsuba purchase 1

    Hi all, big thank you to Dale spartancrest for sharing with me how to buy of yahoo Japan…. I have been trying it out and would love anyone’s feedback on the items so far I have snatched up… only cheapies to start with… still have to find out shipping costs yet… any idea is it a flat rate up to 2kg or priced on exact weight? is this a carved jakusi… of course hopefully edo or older. would the signature be legible? Thanks Adam
  7. Was given a late birthday present today as it took a few weeks to arrive in the post. it’s a great book with lots of pictures of someone’s actual collection. Since I’ve only just started looking at tsuba I’m enjoying looking at this collection as it’s more inline with pieces I could afford not high quality museum pieces that I have no idea what I’m looking at anyway. I might look at getting some more books… any pointers on some good ones for someone starting out in collecting? Thanks Adam.
  8. Adamt

    lost armor

    Such a shame... I couldn’t see a kabuto pictures but the rest would have been magnificent as a set. so much better items to buy on yahoo but I just can’t really work it all out so I just stick to eBay 😞
  9. It does intrigue me why not file this section a little bit more to create a perfect piece... would it have been a hard task back then to warrant the extra work? It’s always been my understanding that the Japanese produced high quality works back then or am I being way to critical and comparing this piece internet pictures of possibly high end works. would it more common in earlier edo as tools were more cruder so it was actually really hard to get the pieces to a high standard thanks everyone for their input... I am learning a lot from this piece
  10. Here is a picture of hopefully both the rim and the inlay as I was unable to add two pictures to the thread
  11. Thanks everyone for their thoughts... I will take some close up pictures to find out some more information from this piece. just out of interest why is it called pierced... would one hole be punched then a saw used to cut the shape or is it done with a hammer and chisel and punched out.... would files had been used too? just wondering why the piece has a few flat spots in the curves and other parts are not totally even and straight
  12. I would like to thank everyone for their time and comments on a previous thread on a signed tsuba.. I disregarded that piece but ended up being lucky enough that Nihonto Australia was coming to my city and brought a heap of tsuba to have a look at and buy. Thanks John having read Kokubo's Ten Rules of Tsuba Collecting I followed rule number 3.., Respect and learn from other collector's opinions and knowledge... so after narrowing the choice to a few I asked some other collectors in the room their thoughts and they steered me towards this piece... a Japanese version of ying and yang... I was worried that the cut outs didn’t really look like they were finished to a high standard as they were not overly straight and symmetrical but I really was drawn to all the inlay work...Their advice was it was old and not to worry... it wasn’t until hours later at home I finally saw the ying yang shape the others were seeing... I was concentrating on the ugly U misshaped voids not the iron that was still there... Ah...you need to look at what’s there...not what you don’t have.....as soon as that thought popped into my head my next thought was... wow I need to live life like this motto too. sorry the story is so long but for those who read it I thought I would share. I’m not sure what the Japanese meaning of this piece is but now when ever I look or think about it to me it means “only look at what you have and don’t worry about what’s not there...” Hopefully I chosen well and it’s a good piece.. mid edo? what thoughts do you all have on the shape, it’s meaning and the school it’s from?
  13. oh no I am not schooled in ancient burial techniques so I guess he can stay where he lay! would any of the below be a good first edo era tsuba to start the collection? none are signed so not sure if that matters
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