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Gordon Sanders
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My vote is for reuse.

 

I’m in Japan right now actually, and it is always a good reminder that the supply of junk is seemingly limitless.

 

It’s totally fine in my opinion if the low end stuff finds a new lease on life in another capacity.

 

Honestly it might not even be a menuki. I’ve seen a lot of antique leather tobacco pouches with what look like single menuki on them, but the shopkeepers do not call them menuki.

 

Who knows...

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This repurposing of Kodogu has been going on for some 140 plus years, its shock value has long lost its sting.  Well done (reversible ) reuse of mediocre pieces gives them a new life and purpose, better than languishing neglected and forgotten.  This material exists in truly surprising quantity, years back there was a well known dealer of Asian Art in lower Manhattan who had multiple plastic bins filled with fittings.  Occasionally you come across a mangled masterpiece...that is painful.

 

-S-

p.s. pins affixed to the back are easily removed.

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I think it's cool. Better than being discarded I think.

 

I was thinking about using a really beat up 11th century Viking sword that no-one wanted by cleaning it up cutting it into menuki sized pieces and using for modern made tsuka menuki.

 

Hurts to think about it but better than being recycled into a iPod

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Here's my contribution to the desecration of Japanese artifacts:

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and things have been so crazy that I -still- haven't had time to cut it to the right length and crimp the ends on :sad:

 

Best,

rkg

(Richard George)

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There is a special level in Hell for those, things............. :o

 

Seriously though, here's how the idea was marketed way back in the day, commissioned in 1880 by Atkins Brothers who were Silversmiths and Cutlers in Sheffield:

 

https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-set-of-twelve-Japanese-kozuka-meiji-5868181-details.aspx

 

http://www.waxantiques.com/antique-silver/d/antique-silver-and-Japanese-kozuka-cutlery/269017

 

In fact, I think a lot of the Kozuka were manufactured in the Hamamono workshops with Cutlery in mind, as they are often double sided.

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Yes Malcolm, excellent links.  The early products of the Japonisme/Japonaiserie craze were first made by the better Jewelers in Europe and the US.  Initially, authentic kodogu were used and later supplemented with works commissioned, en masse, from Japan.  Eventually copies, both good and bad, were produced on both sides of the Atlantic to fill an ever growing demand.  

 

-S-

p.s.- Special hell, INDEED.....warranted but seldom applied!

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Funny enough I have a set of 6 blades and 6 forks, sterling silver and hall marked that are the same pattern as those Malcolm linked to.

I took them off a dozen kozuka some years ago.

No-one seems to want the silver parts to remount so this week-end I was planning on melting it all and casting a new slab of silver to re-use.   :dunno:

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Ford,

 

Although most here are interested in the disassembly of these pieces, there definately exists a faction who are interested in maintaining them in their complete state.  If you haven't already, check with dealers of antique silver before assigning them to the pot, they are usually interested in material for restorations. Or you could list them in trade journals, or on appropriate websites, if you want to bother. It seems a shame to melt them even though their reincarnation will, undoubtedly, be a beautiful one.

 

-S-

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Do you think these were real saya or were samples that the sayashi had to show his clients?   sort of like "paint samples"

 

 

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