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 Post subject: tokugawa sword regulations
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:09 am 
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i just found a text on a website about koshirae regulations from the tokugawa shogunate and i thought i would share since it was really nice to read about why most edo era swords were so alike in term of koshirae style.

here's the link: http://www.una.edu/faculty/takeuchi/DrT ... kojiri.htm

there's a word i don't understand, it's about a sort of finish for kodogu... the word is nanako. it is said to have been the finish used for the fuchi and kashira, the tsuba had two kind of finish as options (migaki-ji and nanako-ji). at least migaki-ji is a translated as a gloss finish so there's no trouble but nanako? is it a kind of satin finish or matt like?

by the way i put this thread here because it was more about the general koshirae furnitures and history, if it not in the good place i don't mind the mod to change it.

cheers :)


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 Post subject: Re: tokugawa sword regulations
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:17 am 
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Etienne -
Nanako is a kind of fish roe - the Goto school and early Mino made this popular; a fine row of tiny raised dots made by punching the surface of the tsuba. Of course the very best artists produced perfect rows of singular dots on rich black shakudo. The oily black surface of the shakudo and the way the many dots blend, move and give the surface life and depth reminded someone of fish eggs thus the name.

It is seen everywhere however truly well made nanako is rare...
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 Post subject: Re: tokugawa sword regulations
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:32 am 
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When of high quality it is superb. Many artists had specialists do this part of the work and carved the subject matter apart from it. I can see how blindness would be a concern after a few decades of such exacting labour. John


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 Post subject: Re: tokugawa sword regulations
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:56 pm 
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ah my thanks for clarifying this, i've already seen that style but never heard the name, so that how it is called... :)


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