A method of finishing iron sword guards. Now for styles. With this adopted style a provincial feeling is also to be found. First, the original Saotome work and the slightly later Tembo, plus a few of undetermined origin. Most likely cast, then carved. In the work of the Old Nara one can see the Goto influence with simple and classic designs, while the style of the New Nara is more graceful, but not as strong and realistic as work by Somin and others.
The authorities of the past have given little heed to the irogane ko-tsuba multi-colored metal tsuba made in Muromachi and Momoyama ages workers.
Date Masamune tsuba
Fire scale. Despite the utilitarian aspects of these types of tsuba they have fundamental artistic value that should not be overlooked. These records are in good order and reveal a wealth of information heretofore unknown to the authors of the past. It may be separated from the Kyoto work if one observes the iron plate which is considerably later than the Ko-Shoami. Workers were Munetake, Akinaga, Yoshinaga, and others. A harmony between light and dark.