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Ko Tosho Tsuba Commentaries

Postby Albert R » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:52 pm

Hello all!
One my favorite tsuba families is the Ko Tosho.

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This one is probably my favorite. I'm not sure where I got this picture in particular, but I have seen several close variations of this exact theme.

There is no room for error on these. You either have the Nakago Ana correct, or you don't;
Either the composition is correct, or it's not;
The texture/patination is good, or isn't!

Considering my, shall we say, limited knowledge base, I think this dragonfly tsuba is really really nice. I've wondered if maybe the dragonfly should be a few degrees further counterclockwise, but that's just me, and I don't know enough... yet.

I would be interested in what you think about this particular genre.
Perhaps we might have a conversation about different styles, what are some of your favorite families/eras, why one style grabs your attention while another doesn't, etc.

Thanks again to everyone!
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Re: Ko Tosho Tsuba Commentaries

Postby Albert R » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:22 am

Ok, one more that I really like!
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From:
http://tetsugendo.com/GalleryTsuba.html good descriptions on this site!
Much larger picture and the description here: http://tetsugendo.com/kodogu/T-132_Kotosho.html

It would be interesting to discuss the finish, texture , and patina on this example. To me it looks like weathered granite, just lovely!

Thanks!
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Re: Ko Tosho Tsuba Commentaries

Postby Albert R » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:35 am

Speaking of "Old Iron," it has come to my attention that there appears to be a divide among collectors between earlier iron tsuba and the more ornate soft metal tsuba. I found the following while researching the "old Iron" that appeals to me. Apparently I am an elitist! Might have something to do with my background...

http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/22873-help-my-awakening-to-old-iron/

Lots of very good discussion in that particular thread.

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