K182. Iron Tsuba with Soft, Melted Surface
K182. Iron tsuba. 7 x 7.6 x .45 cm at the rim and seppa-dai (thinner between). The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.5 cm. I believe this to be a yakite (flame melted) finish but it isn’t as glossy as those usually are; it is more like velvet than lacquer. The hammer work that left cloud forms between the rim and seppa-dai is wonderously well done. This tsuba could easily be overlooked but it deserves better: quite nice. $225.