Even before accepting the last repair contract of a tsuba signed by Goto Mitsuhar, I was dealing with the idea of approaching the repairs of historical sword fittings and the associated responsibility. Professional care of historical art and objects can be divided into two branches, conservation and restoration. Both of these fields aim at preserving these subjects for the… Read More
A tokubetsu kicho papered tsuba made in Geishû Hôan tradition. Hôan group worked in Aki province according to information provided by my client.
The latest restoration project was rather difficult. I unfortunately have deleted my “BEFORE” photos so I had to use photos from my customer. I was asked to save the general’s face whose nose was badly damaged. I had to work with very low remaining material which means it could never be exactly the same as before. But I did my… Read More
The mouse tsuba restoration project is finished. There was replaced and aged missing turnip to match the actual state, and repatinated iron and soft metal inlays. In this case I left it in the original state and only repaired worn off patina on inlays and rusty places on iron. But there could be also done complete care. But it would… Read More
According to request of an owner, there was done only cleaning rusty spots and make the spots matching to the rest of the surface. Another option could be to redo patina and surface treatment on an entire piece.