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Though close, that's not the original Edo-period Japanese tsuba Marto based their design on. This is (at bottom right, click to enlarge):
Ah, good point about the iron. But the Marto tsuba is bronze-colored, not brass (not solid bronze, but plated). And there are examples of bronze tsubas from the Edo period, at least according to Ebay.Yes there were variations on tsuba design, even from same school and same make from same week.
I remember the one I pictured is smaller it can explain the different design, and the one you pictured is different too.
I found this and that, and there are also variations, not only the size but some subtile design change even it's clearly the same maker using exactly the same tools.
First is mine, second is on japanese website:
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Sadly, for Highlander, they didn't avoid anachronism, because the original preiod items were made by kinai school, and there are no brass used in kinai school tsuba, only iron, so they coud have made iron finish, to really match the historical accuracy, but I think they didn't even think about it, because the kind of material for the handle is also a later design, even it woul dhave been genuine ivory, it's more typical from meiji period,as mots of the well made brass tsuba (snake design is good example) made for collection, not use.
But it's a production movie, not historical decument, if it would, there would never be fake ivory handles, most of movie swords are wrong.
I like the namban tsuba on top right of your picture.
Do you still need pictures of this fuchi? My best Marto Duncan/Sword of the Dragon has this. The scene is different on both sides, and is much more detailed and intricate than the other version.It seems the Marto company made 2 fuchi versions for same duncan katana, with same design on both sides, but I think the original cast piece probably had one design on one side and other design on other side, I have the first variation, and I found pictures of the second variation.
So I am looking for high resolution picture, or even better, a genuine part like the fuchi on this hilt.
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