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NOTE: All sword fittings (excluding Tsuba) have 'RANK'.

The MENUKI have first (1st) rank.
The KOGAI have second (2nd) rank.
The KOTZUKA have third (3rd) rank.
The FUCHI KASHIRA have fourth (4th) rank.
Fine KOSHIRAE available.

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'GOTO   RENJO' and Kao
Write up soon on Futokoromono set. (Haynes)

An elegant Goto Mitokoromono of menuki, kogai and kotsuka. Each of fine shakudo and decorated with coiling dragons, the kozuka and kogai finished with a fine and precise nanako ground.
The kogai is signed 'GOTO ETSUJO'.
The wood tomobako storage box with an attestation by Sato Kanzan dated summer, 1974.
Also accompanied with Tokubetsu Kicho Tosogu certificate no. 5555, issued by the NBTHK dated November 23, 1975.(Haynes)

Read about GOTO Honke, and GOTO RYU.

In English, there is an article by Alexander G. Mosle in the 'Transactions of the Japan Society of London', Vol. VIII, pg. 188, titled "The Sword Ornaments of the GOTOSHIROBEI FAMILY." Though this article is the prime source in this language, it has not given biographical detail nor has he gone into the details of technique by which the various masters could be discriminated from one another. Mr. Mosle used Kuwabara as his source and judge for obtaining information for this article and what it does say is trustworthy as far as it goes.


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