Posted By Thomas L. Buck

Following the theme of paper ito, here is an interesting study piece from our collection.  It combines both lacquered leather (saya), and heavily lacquered paper ito (tsuka).  For a long time I thought both were leather, but upon closer examination I was surprised to find that the tsukamaki in fact has a paper base.

Anyway, here is a description of the mounts:   O-tanto; lacquered paper tsukamaki & lacquered leather sayamaki; fuchi is mixed metals w/ a rising sun & clouds motif; menuki are shakudo w/ frogs on lilly pad motif; tsuba is copper/shakudo w/ silver & gold inlay in a floral motif; silver kozuka with tiger motif.

Koshirae: blade length 33 cm (13") ; over all length 50.8 cm (20")

Here is a closer look at the tsuka. Although in a couple of spots the same' has cracked, and is missing several nodes, over-all the maki is still very tight and solid.

Also, notice how the omote knot above is asymmetrical, this is common on a number of tsukamaki styles, such as (a) Hosojabaraito Kumiage Zuka, (b) Ganpi (Kigami) Maki, and (c) Kami (Hosoyori) Hiramaki Zuka shown below.


Finally, below is a close-up of the Kozuka and Tsuba...  Like most collectors, I love to share.  What do you think?


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