As an enthusiast for interesting, beautiful, forgotten thingamagigs, I’ve made many small discoveries. I’ve learned things. One overarching lesson has been that when searching out hand-made objects of any kind, especially those of ancient origin, one can always look East, specifically to Japan, to find the kind of obsessive attention to detail and devotion to craft that elevates damn near anything to a masterpiece-spawning artform. Today, as example of just this principle, I offer a cursory glance at the tsuba.

03.13. filed under: art. design. history.

I wonder whether the one-sided perforation in some of these is the result of a deliberate attempt to off-balance the sword?

posted on 03.13 at 09:48 PMen_dash

Sharp Morrison. Sharp. (And have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)


posted on 03.13 at 10:10 PM.

I have. Immensely. Thanks.

posted on 03.14 at 08:15 AMSpacedlaw

Like the inro (belt cases, also worthy of your attention), seeing a whole lot of these at once is almost comical - the profusion of imagination and virtuosity makes you laugh. Leave it to the Japanese to take a simple utilitarian object and totally go to town on it.

posted on 03.14 at 07:38 PM.

Hmmmm…. can’t decide which one I want to bleed on. You’ll have to pick one for me.

posted on 03.16 at 04:24 PM.

stainless steel tsubas would be “Ay Yi Caruba”

i’d like to see a whole lot o’ guard rails like the kinda at the american bandstand .

posted on 03.25 at 04:50 PM.


posted on 03.28 at 10:41 AM.

manhole covers are treated in almost the same way! - sadly the full site is not available this gives a small smattering of what is out there.

posted on 05.22 at 11:21 PM.

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