GALLERIES:  The Art of the Tsuba   

The Japanese sword guard (tsuba 鍔) is second only to the blade in beauty and first in expression of the warrior's status, character, and values. Below is a collection of my personal information I have gathered through my research and in hand study of each piece. Click on the title or photo below to see all of the items listed in the gallery including the pictured item.  Each piece will have multiple photographs, a detailed description, and other information.  Contact me directly via the Contact Page if you have any questions.  In quires and fair trades requests are allowed so please ask. 

Published Articles by the Tsuba Otaku

Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 44, No. 3, May 2012 
"Overview and Development of Tsuba made by Japanese Swordsmiths" by David Stiles
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Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 45, No. 4, September 2013
"Fine Sukashi Tsuba of Windblown Pine" by David Stiles
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Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 47, No. 2, March-April 2015
"Early History of the Hirata School of Higo Province" by David Stiles
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Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 48, No. 3, May-June 2016
"Study of Excellence:  Misumi Menuki" by David Stiles
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Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 50, No. 1, January-February 2018
"Kanesada Tsuba (金定鐔)" by David Stiles
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Japanese Sword Society of United States (JSSUS) Quarterly Journal, Volume 50, No. 4, July-August 2018
"Discussion of a Ko-Shōami Tsuba (古正阿弥鐔)" by David Stiles
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