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SHIBATA MITSUO: Obtained a job at Fujishiro Sword Shop in 1939, then studied the Japanese sword under Fujishiro Yoshio. A prominent sword dealer who has dealt in many Kokuho (National Treasures), Juyo Bunka Zai (Important Cultural Assets), Juyo Bijutsu Hin (Important Art Objects) and fine swords. Wrote sword books for beginners to promote the understanding of Japanese swords among the general public. Has held various posts including being a member of the board of trustees of the NBTHK, judge of Toroku Shinsa (sword registration), sword assessor for the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the National Tax Administration Agency, Tokyo Branch, and the first chairman of the All Japan Sword Dealer Union.

He is regarded as one of the best appraisers of Shinto and Shinshinto today. His publications include Nihonto Nyumon ("An Introduction to Japanese Swords"), Shumi no Nihonto ("Japanese Swords for Enthusiasts"), Tsuba Nyumon ("An Introduction to Japanese Swordguards"), Toso Nyumon ("An Introduction to Japanese Sword Mounts"), and Nihon no Meito ("Japanese Sword Masterpieces").

How to Purchase this Tsuba

If you would like to know more about any Tsuba, or if you are considering a purchase, please send an E-MAIL telling me (Elliott) where you are and what pieces interest you.


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