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  1. GRC


    Yup, I second the opinion that they are even better because they have opposing arc directions. Almost gives it a sort of yin and yang feel, or that the two blades would have "converging" motion on a target if you had one in each hand. Good on ya for putting those two together... always nice when circumstances line up like that because it sure doesn't happen often!
  2. GRC

    Value reduced?

    I don't think there's a particular purpose or function to the teeth... I've typically seen it described as a snowflake motif, while the two large holes look like a variation on the sea cucumber motif. The sea cucumber with one side as a snowflake shows up fairly often. Here are two of mine, the second one has a single cherry blossom added to the mix.
  3. GRC

    Value reduced?

    It would still be fantastic tsuba if it was mounted on a sword so you wouldn't see those two added holes... Otherwise, as a stand alone tsuba for display purposes, it's a tragedy really. I think I saw another tsuba recently with two similar holes that had been plugged with something that looked like lead.
  4. Here's a another set of fuchi and kashira of the same theme, although no bird on the fuchi: Mid Edo period antique Kaga Goto Fuchi Kashira for Samurai Sword (F-10) | Samurai Museum Shop They called it "goto-style" but now we know it's Nara.
  5. Love that Umetada-style piece from Ford. I also really like that he filled the cracks with silver to accentuate them... good call
  6. Seems like these short-legged herons are everywhere these days Must have been a very popular theme back in the day, for this many to have been produced.
  7. Yup, clearly my error in switching back and forth between pages, rather than looking at the images side by side. My apologies for the red herring post. But at least we have a few takeaway messages: 1- it’s a very common theme and there are lots of them. 2- some at least can be attributed to the Nara school, but who knows who was producing these once they were at the height of their popularity. 3- i’m clearly too overworked and tired at the moment to have noticed the differences in these two sets. Thanks to everyone who responded and cleared that up.
  8. Here's an interesting little situation: A set of fuchi, kashira and kozuka were recently sold on Yahoo J without papers or attribution. To my eye, the three pieces looked like they could have been 3 separate pieces that could have come from different sources and/or different makers and were pieced together as a set at some point. Now just days later, they have been listed again by a different seller, but suddenly have a box to hold all three and magically, the set now has NBTHK papers stating they are a set of tosogu from a specific smith in the Nara school! None of the pieces are signed... I find this really suspicious. I've heard of rapid COVID testing, but not rapid tosogu testing How do these pieces get shipped to a new seller within Japan and suddenly get NBTHK papers in 10 days or less (1st listing ended on the 10th, new listing started of the 15th)? I'm also curious to see how it ends... will the tsuba flipper get their money back on the investment?
  9. When I see tsuba with multiple colours like that, I usually think Aizu shoami. I just came across this botanical themed tsuba online that also has a similar combination of metal inlays, signed Zaiya, who is apparently from the Shonai Shoami school, ca. 1850
  10. Back from dead is accomplishment enough! Great work on those, congrats.
  11. Jeremiah, everything about the face on that kozuka is amazing. Definitely a cut above...
  12. I think the tsuba you've got is a probably a casting of one these later Jakushi dragon designs.
  13. By the way Michael, that dragon tsuba is from the Jakushi school. Here's another one in a link from a Markus Sesko article tsuba | Markus Sesko that was made by a 7th generation smith from the Jakushi school. The one in the article has an interesting mei that suggests that particular tsuba (the one specifically in the article) was made from repurposed iron from five shinto priest begging bowls.
  14. GRC

    Liar Liar ?

    Dale, I has the exact same experience with having to contact one of the "Japanese ebay seller crew" to let him know that the tsuba he had listed was already in my possession. The best part was he had made me a private offer with a "reduced price". I said "thanks and told him he'd have a hard time selling me something I already owned" and sent him a picture of the tsuba on top of that day's newspaper. Couldn't resist It really feels like there's some sort of organized consortium of tsuba peddlers using the "three price strategy" on ebay. It really is frustrating...
  15. GRC

    Liar Liar ?

    Thanks Ken, that answers that question. I suspected as much because of the potential for liability issues, and the potential for creating some heated battles if the person being named is a member of the forum. There's also the potential for abuse and misuse of shame list... Oh well, c'est la vie.
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