The Art of Tsukamaki Paperback – 10 Jan 2012
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Dr. Thomas Buck has been collecting and studying the Japanese Art Sword for over thirty years, acquiring his first Samurai Sword in October, 1975. In 1987, with the guidance of Dr. W. Y. Takahashi, Sensei, he began a three year intensive study/apprenticeship of the restoration and preservation techniques of John Grimmitt and Takahiro Ichinose, concentrating his research on Tsukamaki and Japanese Lacquer-ware. Since 1988, he has been performing restoration and research work on tsuka for various institutions, private collectors, and dealers.
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More than that, though, Buck gives brief but dense history of the swords themselves, describing how the blades' shape, length, construction, and metallurgy evolved over time. He details different patterns that remain from tempering the edge, and that appear in striations on the tang. Additional details cover signature markings, shape of tsuka, and some of the ornaments on hilt and guard. The author describes tsukamaki itself in a usable level of detail, but brings a lot more to the interested reader, too.
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