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Yup, that is truly high class tosogu. I was afraid the thread had really deteriorated to “my favourite piece” as opposed to high class, but that Juyo Natsuo F/K of Fujin and Raijin is something else..... thanks for sharing 

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Matt, I second Michael - truly high class!  That katakiribori carving is flawless - shows a true master's hand - no hesitation or halting cuts.

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Glad you guys liked this set.  These 2 pics really exemplify the master level work... like George said, the katakiribori is superb, and check out the inlay work on Raijin.  The silver teeth, anklets and bracelets, and of course the eyes. I love the bold mei also, along with it being dated.  The Taikan has a sketch and an imprint, and the box lid inlay is original from his shop.  Photographic credit goes to Ted Tenold.

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That probably one of my favorite F/K I've seen yet! the detailed inaly work and that rarely seen Natsuo long mei is beautiful! 

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Well, no words are needed here. This is the topmost, the pinnacle of tosogu and should serve as a textbook example of what is high class workmanship and style. 

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My best set.
Probably not quite High class, but I like this simple beauty
GOTO Kenjo

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Brian had a post about spending time appreciating and learning from the most skillful works when one can.

 

I agree. Most of us mere mortals cannot afford most of the finest maker fittings, or even get access to them. But that should not dissuade from seeking them out and study. From examples, you can learn to spot poor work (inlay, engraving, patination) from good work. You can internalize the clever use of space as a medium in fittings, as it's surely a tool that makers used often. Themes and legends are often represented, from well rendered works one can lend that to evaluation of good works of the same. 

 

A couple of examples from "Pinnacle of Excellence: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection" that I have spent a lot of time looking at are posted below. I don't think posting a million pictures from books is a great idea, but I use this as a starter. We can resurrect this thread:

 

 

 

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On 1/17/2021 at 2:04 PM, Brano said:

My best set.
Probably not quite High class, but I like this simple beauty
GOTO Kenjo

 

 

Ah ha. Glad to know where this set went.  I'm trying to focus on ko-goto and Goto Tokujo, but I sometimes really enjoy Kenjo work.

I have a Kenjo kozuka.

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I am sure many will frown for posting here something unpapered, but I am a dumpster diver and too many of my items are like this.

Not being an expert, I do suspect its the earliest portion of Kaga Goto lineage.

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One of the best thread of the NMB. Keep 'em coming.

 

I'll revive it with this image, which I found on the old archives of the forum. The most epic High lineup ever to have graced a table in Europe since Alfred Baur. 

 

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The most "fancy" one of my collection. 
Shakudo tsuba depicting tiger and leopard by Itō Masataka 伊藤正隆 (aka Itō Katsumi 伊藤勝見)
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