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2 X Garden Shed Wakizashi/Tanto
Old 07-10-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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These two apparently turned up this week from a local shed here in the Cardiff area and yep in shed find condition but i just couldnt leave them behind Anyway ive tried to take the handle of the black one but im not having any luck tapping it and just dont want to crack the handle and the other example has a strange peg, it has both ends peened over, peg appears to be laqured wood Any thoughts folks
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:09 AM   #2
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It did cross my mind as the blades are in rough condition is it worth trying to take the handles off
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Whooooops, there both example of Tanto
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:06 PM   #4
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Whooooops, there both example of Tanto
Rough condition, but nice find. Incidentally, this style without a tsuba is called aikuchi. 合口 Aikuchi literally "meets 合 at the mouth 口" since the handle meets the scabbard at the koiguchi (carp's mouth) without a tsuba in between.


Good luck on removing the handles .... sadly, I have no advice to offer.


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Rough condition, but nice find. Incidentally, this style without a tsuba is called aikuchi. 合口 Aikuchi literally "meets 合 at the mouth 口" since the handle meets the scabbard at the koiguchi (carp's mouth) without a tsuba in between.


Good luck on removing the handles .... sadly, I have no advice to offer.


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Thanks Guy Kikuchi, now isn't that a cool word for explaining no tsuba
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Thanks Guy Kikuchi, now isn't that a cool word for explaining no tsuba
I'm guessing that "kikuchi" is a typo; but ... just to be clear:
合口 Aikuchi [meets at the mouth]. A dagger outfitted without a tsuba.
鯉口 Koiguchi [Carp's Mouth]. The opening at the scabbard where the pointy end goes in.


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Indeed Guy a type error, Aikichi
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:25 PM   #8
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If you're trying to take the Tsuka off I would place a soft piece of wood on the Fuchi and try to gently tap it off. It appears to be buffalo horn on the one that the mekugi is out of. I am sure if they were in a shed for 50+ years the wood has shrunk.

As far as the other goes it's possible it's a 2-piece mekugi (the name escapes me) it might be buffalo horn as well. I have seen them either friction fitted(one hollow shaft the other solid) and also threaded. But I have not seen a plain one like this before?

A shame they're rusty. A polish job even though they're Tanto is still gonna run well over $1k. Good luck on getting the handles off.
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I'm going to leave them for now and enjoy looking at them for a while, thanks for your comments and offers folks
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