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Dear George,

Remember this calligraphic tsuba ? Digging through my study collection of photos, I ran across this picture. I coveted it back in the heyday of the old Nanka Token Kai but it traded at the price of a good katana. Besides the rare, even unique, shape and the quality of (Myochin?) work, it had a practical aspect as it formed a stand so the katana would not roll when set down. There was some speculation that it was in such superb condition because the character "Oh" or "Dai" (big) was the first character in the name of a Tokugawa adversary and thus "Politically Incorrect" to wear.


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