H384. Pine Needles Iron Tsuba
H384. Iron plate tsuba with extensive inlay. 7.7 x 8.3 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is.7 x 2.7 cm. A Holbrook tsuba; Skip says, "Pine Needles Gold & Copper True Inlay, Momoyama Period". By true inlay, Skip is remarking on the fact that this isn't nunome inlay, where soft metal is hammered onto a cross-hatched surface, but rather the process is very fine wires being set into incredibly fine cuts: an amazing amount of effort. There are bold tekkotsu and possibly a sword cut on the rim; little of the inlay is lost. $395.
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