K161. Copper Tsuba by Masachika
K161. Copper tsuba signed Masachika. 4.6 x 5.5 x .45 cm at the raised rim (.2 cm on the plate). The nakago hitsu-ana is 1.2 x 2.3 cm. This tsuba was made to fit a standard tanto and sometime later was modified to fit a yoroi doshi (armor piercing) tanto: the nakago ana was widened and a shakudo pillow was added to the kotsuka ana. Bonji are crisply carved on the plate which is worked in gentle tsuchi-me. Note: this tsuba is a browner copper color than the one in my pictures. I try to take representative pix but I’m not always successful. Excellent condition. $275.