Shinsei Tsuba by Ford Hallam

Love the simplicity & subtile complexity in this work ! For the rest i'm just going to quote Ford here for a bit because he's a far more better storyteller than i am :) This tsuba is made from nails that came from a 120 year old Japanese farmhouse. The pieces were forged together loosely so that the grain of the material would be visible when the tsuba was finished. The shakudo plugs in the kogai-hitsu are of a shakudo alloy based on analyses of Momoyama period shakudo. The shakudo has been

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Masatsune Naginata with deeply carved horimono

Haven't seen a naginata blade construction like this before.  Shinogi zukuri on one side and Kata Kiri Ha style on the other. Posted 2 nice wakizashi with this blade construction last year by the way : Kata Kiri Ha Zukuri Wakizashi (Late Muromachi 1500-1550AD) +300 year old Wakizashi blade with pretty Horimono Sagami no Kami Masatsune was one of the most influential Owari smiths of the early shino-era. More info on the man in Markus's book : Nihon-shinto-shi - The History of the shinto

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Natsuo School Carp Tsuba (19th Century)

Few things i do like (very much) on this piece besides the carvingwork : surface structure irregular rim deep dark/black color Here's another natsuo studio tsuba by the way or do you prefer one from the master himself :)   Picsource : bonhams.com  

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Yoshindo Yoshihara (Mukansa) Blade

Don't think it's necessary to introduce Master Yoshindo Yoshihara but in case you want to read a bit more about him and his family, check this article : The Yoshihara Tradition & The traditional craft of Japanese sword making   Picsource : aoijapan.com  

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Tanaka school Mokume Tsuba (By Nakajima Toshiharu)

I didn't spot a lot of mokume tsuba in the past and while it's a bit 'busy for the eyes' i digg this one :)   Picsource : bonhams.com

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Dragon themed Tachi Koshirae (Naochika)

Tachi koshirae are usually not my cup of tea but i wouldn't mind to own this beauty :) By the way, a closup of the tsuba has been posted here.   Picsource: bonhams.com

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Katana koshirae with Omori Hideuji fittings

Nothing fancy, at least not when it comes to color combinations or flashy fittings but o so beautiful.. Maybe this year i need to release a limited serie with a black Inro Senden saya and (ivor) white ito.. what y'all think :) ? By the way, a closeup of the tsuba was posted here last year.   Picsource : bonhams.com

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Lacquered iron tsuba for a daisho (By Yamada Jokasai)

Something that you won't find very often... to be honest untill a couple of weeks ago i had no idea these type of tsuba existed :) It's amazing that this whole pattern/decoration is build up with urushi lacquer...   Picsource : bonhams.com

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Shakudo Tsuba (late edo)

I have no details on this one but i like it very much :)   Picsource : choshuya.co.jp

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Tachi Blade by (national treasure) Osumi Toshihira

DANG.. how about this to close the week :) ? The shape and lines are so crisp & clean... we need to give the polisher a big thumb up as well here ! In case you're interested in the specs: Length 2 shaku 3 sun 5 bu 6 rin (71.4 cm) Sori : 9 bu 2 rin (2.8 cm) Motohaba : 3.41 cm Sakihaba : 2.48cm Motokasane : 0.85cm Sakikasane : 0.60cm Weight : 960g Found a very interesting piece of content posted by someone named 'Bushido Devil Dog' : When I was living in Gunma-ken, Ota-shi,

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