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Kyo Sukashi or Akasaka pole? + plug for Grey Doffin


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This tsuba was recently posted on a Japanese site I follow for some of its Higo offerings:


Price is 100,000 yen and relatively new NBTHK papers to Kyo-Sukashi


Very very similar tsuba on Grey's site for $225



[Difference of $775 for buying papers. :doubt:

I recommend Grey. My last tsuba was from him and a good bargain compared to Japan price.]



I've seen 3 or 4 of this design over the years and generally thought of them as Akasaka works.

I vaguely recall the startpoint for that notion was one in one of Sasano's publications.


[Oops. Crap. The title line should have read poll. Not pole.]

I ask here "  Kyo-sukashi or Akasaka" ?

Please share opinions.

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I fixed the links. Insomnia posting at 4am resulted in typos and a bad link.


To me, they are about of equal quality. Grey's could use with horse hair brush and handling TLC, whereas the other Kyo-sukashi one looks like someone over ivory/boned it.

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To be controversial the one in Grey's website although similar is not as good quality and it's also in a much different state of preservation.

I think we are looking at chalk and cheese but on a very fine level of appreciation.

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