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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
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    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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    Liar Liar ?

    Hey Dale, are we allowed to "name and shame" on here? Thankfully I had a great experience with another seller who voluntarily sent me a refund for overpaying for shipping! The preset shipping cost on the listing was too high. Coincidentally, the shipping fee from Japan ended up being $20USD... not $115 Fulfilled my hopes that there are still some good people out there.
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    Liar Liar ?

    speaking of liars... has anyone else had this experience: I won an owari sukashi tsuba on ebay that was also cross-listed on Yahoo-J. I sent the payment with the specified shipping and was super excited to get this tsuba... but then this: The seller contacts me saying he couldn't use regular postal service to ship the tsuba to Canada due to COVID, so would have no choice but to cancel the auction. oh really? I had literally just received a tsuba from Japanese mail service that day. I started to suspect he was disappointed with the final sale price because this style tsuba usually sells for more. So I sent a pic of the Japan mail shipping label I got that day to show that there was no issue... But, just as a safeguard, I suggested that he could use DHL or FedEx to ship to Canada. They certainly don't have any COVID restrictions with Japanese shipments. The seller gets back to me a day later, saying it would cost $115 USD to ship the ONE TSUBA to Canada and asked if I would be OK paying the difference. WTF!?!??!?!?!? Of course my answer was NO to this laughable cash grab, so the seller canceled the auction and I was fully refunded. He since relisted it and sold it for the higher price he was hoping for. Piece of work... I wish I could post the pic of this menuki in his ebay feedback profile... Sorry for venting, but I've never had that happen before and was wondering if anyone else has had this happen. Regardless, there are millions of other tsuba out there to be admired, and hopefully collected
  18. That's a real gem. Congratulations on winning that one
  19. got a full smirk from me... congrats on the purchase
  20. Ummm, my vote is for both Bob schools first as a nice way to ground all the pieces in some context, then comparisons by themes (to see the range of how different smiths and schools tackle the same subject). You could be at this for the rest of the year... hopefully
  21. It amazes me how little information is provided with the tsuba in a lot of the museum collections. Unless the collections were all mostly donated, then why would they procure so many tsuba without categorizing or identifying the schools, describing the motifs and explaining cultural relevance etc. Isn't the goal of a museum to preserve historic items and educate the public about them? These Cleveland Museum books look like they'll be a refreshing change :) Thanks for putting those together Dale Colin, I completely agree about referencing... nice to have a book in hand sometimes. My order should be arriving any day now.
  22. I'm glad I could help in some small way Bob. Those videos from Ford Hallam are such an inspiration. Thank you for having them produced and commissioning those magnificent tsuba from Ford. In light of this info about what you've got, I can't even imagine all the gems that are going to grace this thread as time goes on.... I'm looking forward to them all!
  23. Here's a papered Mito school Katsuhira tsuba: and a link to a bunch of info on this smith: Hagiya Katsuhira · Tokubetsu Hozon Tsuba · Tosogu – Yuhindo.com
  24. I see why you like it so much. That's a really nice effect, almost like you're standing high up on a cliff edge, looking down onto the turbulent waters swirling among the rocks in a cove below. Definitely something to appreciate up close. And ummm, on a general note regarding favorite tsuba... it seems to me that all I had to do to start this thread was to post that facebook link belonging to Rich Turner, and voila! another lovely piece... Don't sell yourself short Richard...I think your collection is spectacular and would certainly buy that book. Especially with your image and shot quality! Thanks for sharing all that info and those links. I have great admiration for what you have put together.
  25. Update on the restoration 1- Made a second tsunagi out of oak that is now proerly fitted to the habaki, tsuka and saya. I chose a piece of oak that had a grain pattern that looks like the straight grain pattern of a real blade (I forget the name of that pattern at the moment) 2- Cleaned off most of the old glue residue using "Googone" and some cotton swabs. I first tested a small area where the kozuka sits in the koshirae and the Googone didn't affect the lacquer at all, so I gave it a go. 3- Used a dremel and fine bit to slightly enlarge the holes to fit the larger posts of the clamshell menuki. The clamshell shapes fit nicely in the hand, which is something I was hoping would happen. 4- Reprofiled the DIY kogatana so it had a slimmer, more tapered look. It has a much nicer look to than before. Thanks again Jean 5- Added this sageo. The one that came with it was a bit garish, with some bold purple contrasted with a muddy beige, and likely not original to the koshirae anyway.
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