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Jesper

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    I am interested in blades, tsuba and armour in general, but have a special interest in Tosho, Katchushi and Higo (mainly Shimizu) Tsuba and Koshirae. 

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  1. Thank you for info. and references, Steve. Much appreciated. I was not aware of the shrine connection.
  2. That is strange. Here is the text again. Yes, good neighbors, indeed!😉 Dear all, I would like to ask about the use of a mon showing a fence (Magaki) in a ring. I have traced it to the Ooka clan in Iwatsuki / Iwaki in Musashi. It is however not the main mon of the clan. I have gathered information on the Ooka clan but have not succeeded in finding information about this particular mon. I would be grateful for information about the use of it, which daimyos or sub-lines of the clan used it, where and and when, etc. Thank you in advance. With best regards, Jesper
  3. Dear all, I would like to ask about the use of a mon showing a fence (Magaki) in a ring. I have traced it to the Ooka clan in Iwatsuki / Iwaki in Musashi. It is however not the main mon of the clan. I have gathered information on the Ooka clan but have not succeeded in finding information about this particular mon. I would be grateful for information about the use of it, which daimyos or sub-lines of the clan used it, where and and when, etc. Thank you in advance. With best regards, Jesper
  4. Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated! I have the "Katchūmen : mononofu no kasō" book by Iida, but would like to ask if you are aware of any similar publication or study focusing on facial armour? With best regards, Jesper
  5. Hi all, I would like to ask your opinion on this Hanbō. It has rather pronounced cheeks and smooth lines and if of four-piece construction with a four-step Yodare-kake throat guard. The lower part with a very huge Ase nagashi no ana drain hole under the chin is riveted to the upper part. The drain hole is 16 mm in diameter. The ear protections are decorated with a pierced design and are also riveted. The metal is rather thin and the edge along the cheeks and mouth has a slightly raised rim. Please see the photos' for details. With best regards and thank you in advance. Jesper
  6. Dear all, I kindly ask for help to translate a Yari mei. I cannot identify the two first Kanji. The last three Kanji are "Masa Yoshi Saku". Any help is greatly appreciated. With best regards, Jesper
  7. Thank you Geraint, Piers and Robert, Much appriciated. Jesper
  8. Deal all, I have problems reading the entire signature on an old NBTHK paper issued for a Kiyoshige wakizashi. I find the handwriting somewhat challenging. All inputs are appreciated. Thank you in advance. Best regards, Jesper
  9. Very nice tsuba! There are two tsuba by Masafusa with the same design on page 46 in Tanko: Bushu Ito Ha (Tsuba Craftsmen of the Bbushu-Ito School) by Akimoto, Arai and Kasahara. 1999. Jesper
  10. Congratulations Jussi! Looking forward seeing the sword at one of our meetings in Stockholm someday!
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    Katchushi tsuba

    Thank you for your feedback, Alex and Bruno. Much appriciated. Very nice Tsuba, Bruno! Thank you for sharing. I too, think it is a Utsushi-mono piece. Conditions may of course vary, but it has a newer feel to it. The plate seem too even and the surface does not look old enough, also compared with one of my own old Tsuba (with Hozon), see photo. My main question was concerning the use of very thin plates for Utsushi-mono of Katshuchi Tsuba, since they tend to be thicker in the Edo period. Jesper
  12. Jesper

    Katchushi tsuba

    Dear all, I would like to ask for your opinion about this Katchuchi tsuba. The diameter is 93mm, including a good quality shakudo rim (mimi-gata), decorated with very fine lines.The Tsuba is very thin, ca 1.8 mm throughout the iron plate. The rim is ca 2.8 mm thick. It is decorated with stars, suns(?) and flowers. The Tsuba has two elongated Hitsu-Ana which are irregular placed. The thickness and shape indicate old age, but I bought it as an Utsushi-Mono, i.e. a legitimate emulation of an older work, rather common in the later part of the Edo period. I am however puzzled by the thin plate since they tend to be a little thicker on Edo period Tsuba. The patina is quite dry and it need some TLC. Thank you in advance. Jesper
  13. Here is a similar invocation on a kabuto. Moderators: I took the photo as screen dump from a Japanese auction site. If inappropriate, please delete my post. Best regards, Jesper
  14. Dear George, Thank you very much! Best regards, Jesper
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