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I just bought this ugly duckling that needs probably more than a good clean up. It is very far gone but even the infirm need a home!

What caught my eye was several Chinese fakes of very similar design that were selling for more than what I paid.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/r306153157      https://www.jauce.com/auction/v663567475  The intriguing thing is the number of copies of genuine guards, how do they copy them without the original piece?  Copy and replicate the image or is it more "here, make something close that will fool the novice"? 

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i can only aski why ?? you will never save anything that past its date.

 

that aside i would say not a repro but a bin'o'

 

if your looking for cheap and cheerfull this large tempo is well priced.

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Dale i bought this wreckage 2019.

After 2 years of care it look like this. The tsuba has no worth or any collecting value but i like it and have this old warrior often in hands.

Good luck with yours.

 

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I do nothing special. Only cleaning with warm water and soap. Drying and oiling every day with a natural cotton towel. The patination came back. Some kind of self healing of the metal :laughing:

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Good for you Chris - maybe we are archaeological collectors? Even worn out pieces can be worthwhile they tell a story and at least you can figure out what happens if you neglect maintenance!  I think you are on to something with the cotton towel, guards do come up better after a good going over with cotton. Anyone know if cotton was a fabric available in Edo times? I find silk does not give as good results.

 

John J. -  I am not sure I will have a few decades - let alone trousers - would continence pants work? Heck just buying it could be a symptom of dementia setting in!

But I would rather buy a rust bucket than a shiny new fake.

 

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Chris, your re-do is impressive. I like the results of your mild and careful cleaning.

What I have come to learn is that too much rubbing can be harmful to a patina that is close to what you want. In your case the project was warranted,

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