A personal appraisal of Japanese sword guards or Tsuba as they are known, from the perspective of a novice collector with examples of design, style and cost. An informed critique and useful nomenclature on Japanese sword guards, related fittings and techniques.
The author has been a collector of Tsuba for over thirty years, specializing in Iron sword guards especially those decorated with Ten-Zogan (dot inlay).
This book is designed to give the novice Tsuba collector an idea of what is available, how to get started and as well how to avoid some of the pitfalls experienced in collecting. Hopefully some enjoyment can be gleaned from the many examples set forth in this edition.