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Interesting use of tsuba


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Tembo temper tantrum :steamed: I don't believe it was a Japanese idea to 'recycle' tsuba this way.

The 'Edwardians' had some bad ideas.

From: 'Japanese Art Metal-work, The Tsuba.' pub. 1904
"To the repousse metal-worker we might point out that some of these sword-guards, with hardly any alteration, would serve admirably as lock-plates for drawers or cabinets".

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A (spare?) tsuba was sometimes used as a Netsuke, i.e. it could anchor anything you might want to hang from your obi. The holes were useful that way.


Recently offered at auction I found a tsuba in an old drawer of bits and bobs. It had a braided string tied in a complicated series of knots encompassing the nakago and both hitsu ana, hiding the surface features. No-one really bothered to bid. I won, took it home and removed the hardened stringing. Not a bad tsuba underneath, iron, takabori design, and fairly large! :wub:


"Used, but never abused."


8.5 x 8.0 cm


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