KAGA Tsubako Schools


Post Edo period

Kashu tsubako:

For the Myochin and Hoan Schools amongst the Kashu tsubako refer to the material previously mentioned. The remainder are all zogan tsuba, most of which are unsigned made by professional tsubako or kinko. The present Kashu tsubako lineage has the general classification of: 1) Moving from Fushimi is the Koike Yoshiro School; 2) and from Kyoto the Goto School and from Fushimi are the Tsuji, the Katsuki, and various other schools.

Yoshiro Style Zogan Tsubako:

This kind of zogan tsuba was chiefly unsigned except those by Yoshiro. The difference from Heianjo/Kyoto work was the square rim and the designs are mainly karakusa and flowering plants in zogan, not mon as with the true Yoshiro. The inlay was brass mingled with copper and silver. The ground iron is inferior and good work is very scarce.

Distinctive Features:

The distinctive features of Kaga Zogan is hira zogan of silver, copper, and shibuichi and are extremely exquisite. All tsuba are of circular shape with rounded rim. The ground metal is of shakudo or shibuichi; occasionally the two sides of the ground metal are different.

Kuninaga School:

The tsuba of this school are of thin iron ground with hira zogan, circular shape and rounded rim.description

Kaga Goto School:

The work of the Kaga Goto School is distinguished by a very thick mokko shakudo plate with mon, mainly in iroe taka bori.

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