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    Japanese metalwork Courses.

    Greetings all,

    Some of you may know of me and my work but for those who don't allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ford Hallam and I am a Japanese trained, professional tsuba and tosogu-shi....
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    Japanese metalwork Courses.

    Greetings all,

    Some of you may know of me and my work but for those who don't allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ford Hallam and I am a Japanese trained, professional tsuba and tosogu-shi....
  3. You're more than welcome, Phil I'm pleased...

    You're more than welcome, Phil

    I'm pleased it's been so well received.

    regards,

    Ford
  4. My apologies for the false start and delays in...

    My apologies for the false start and delays in getting it all back online too.

    I've had to revert to the previous 2 part format which you'll find here.

    Part One

    Part Two
  5. Hello Josh Thank you for your kind words ...

    Hello Josh

    Thank you for your kind words

    Ironically, as soon as the 2 separate files were uploaded my account was upgraded to allow me to load much larger files. This means we can provide the...
  6. Making a classic kinko tsuba - free HD film download

    Utsushi - the search for Katsuhira's tiger

    A documentary film that follows the recreation of a lost masterpiece tsuba by Hagia Katsuhira

    Some of you have already seen this short documentary...
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    Dear Mr Justice I have to say that for the...

    Dear Mr Justice

    I have to say that for the most part I agree wholeheartedly with you in regard to matters of opinion and personal expression.

    However, the question I raised has nothing at all...
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    oops, apologies if I've over stepped the bounds...

    oops, apologies if I've over stepped the bounds of accepted discussion here. I had assumed this forum was concerned with a certain degree of historical accuracy and respect for the integrity of the...
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    Jonathan, I think you may have a point, that...

    Jonathan,

    I think you may have a point, that someone thought this was "cool". However, if that is the case then it proves one of my points. That this expression is a very superficial one that...
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    Well my query as to why the usual convention, one...

    Well my query as to why the usual convention, one followed for more than 600 years, was overturned like this. As someone who's spent nearly 30 years as an artist craftsman and the last 18...
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    Hello Glen, thanks for replying:-) Yes, I...

    Hello Glen,

    thanks for replying:-)

    Yes, I realised that it would "read" correctly when the sword was drawn but it seems to me in that situation, ie; facing a man with a long pointy sharp thing...
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    curious...

    I notice this is quite an old topic but I'm wondering why this design ( for a katana I assume) was made upside down.

    I read Mr Cejunionr's explanation regarding the symbolism of the design but...
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    Hi John, glad to have been of service. I...

    Hi John,

    glad to have been of service. I reckon if you factor the mounts at about 500 pounds the blade is, as you suggest, a bonus. Not much to be read from the images you offered other than the...
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    as promised, here's a Soten tsuba not all that...

    as promised, here's a Soten tsuba not all that dissimilar to the example you've posted. Probably made circa 1750.

    Ford
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    Hello again John, sorry I did'nt realise that...

    Hello again John,

    sorry I did'nt realise that the second set of images related to the first blade. From what I can make of the mei it looks as though it's signed "Nagamine". The monogram ( kao )...
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    . Hi John, The tsuba shown in the first set...

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    Hi John,

    The tsuba shown in the first set of images appears to be of the Soten school. The fact that the figures are relatively large compared to the more usual much smaller figures seen on...
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    Peter, you seem very certain that it's gimei,...

    Peter,

    you seem very certain that it's gimei, I wonder if you could explain why exactly?.... the reason I ask is that I have a O Tanto that that a very impresive mei which also reads Inoue...
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    The column of kanji on the right could indicate a...

    The column of kanji on the right could indicate a year, the last 2 ( of the 4 ) characters seem to read " 5th year". The first kanji is "Ei" ( Henrik, the kanji for water does'nt have the "dot" on...
  19. Hi Ruud, I have 3 names for you, all in...

    Hi Ruud,

    I have 3 names for you, all in Europe. I mentioned one of them, Richard Adams, in a thread re; getting habaki and koshirae made.

    Richard could deal with all your requirements. Then...
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    Hey Patrick, I did'nt actually get my heavy...

    Hey Patrick,

    I did'nt actually get my heavy pitch bowl from Tokyu Hands but they do supply one similar. I got mine from a Jewellery supply store in Tokyo called Komokin, I don't believe thay are...
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    Henrik, I do have a couple of tutorials and a...

    Henrik,

    I do have a couple of tutorials and a rather large photo gallery of pieces I've made during the last 17 years that I have been specialising in classical Japanese metalwork. I'll be...
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    Hi Kevin, I mentioned the copper panel ( with...

    Hi Kevin,

    I mentioned the copper panel ( with leaves ) in the accompanying description. It's just a sequence of steps illustrating the basic inlay technique.
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    I think that trying to judge the authenticity of...

    I think that trying to judge the authenticity of a tsuba from images as poor as these is impossible. They may just as well be made of chocolate.;) What can be deduced from the type of decorative...
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    hello Steven, there is in fact a specialist...

    hello Steven,

    there is in fact a specialist living not a million miles away from you in Tonbridge, Kent. Richard Adams produces traditional single and double habaki in copper, silver or gold foil...
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    Gdday Ron, the product you are looking for is...

    Gdday Ron,

    the product you are looking for is Birchwood Casey Brass Black. It's an American made product but it can be obtained from this outfit in the UK, http://www.blackleyandson.com .It may...
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