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The 8th NBSK Craftsmen's Competition 2017 Results


Congratulations to our member Graham Hanley who wasawarded nyusen for his entry in the tosogu section of the 8th NBSK craftsmen competition.


Full results provided with thanks to Paul Martin of the Japanese Sword.

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Swordmaking Section

The Keizai Sangyo Daijin Award (Minister of Economy,Trade and Industry):

Kamiyama Yozo (Teruhira)

NBSK Chairman's Award:

Kubo Yoshihiro

Gold prize 1st Seat: Myochin Yusuke (Munehiro)

Gold Prize 2nd Seat: Nezu Kei (Hidehira)

Gold Prize 3rd Seat: Kawachi Ippei

Silver prize 1st Seat: Sasaki Naohiko (Taneshige)

Silver prize 2nd Seat: Matsukawa Takashi

Bronze prize 1st Seat: Manzoku Koji

Nyusen

Sato Toshimi

Yoshida Masaya


Horimono Section

The Nagano Prefectural Governor's Award:

Kinoshita Munenori

Nyusen

Katayama Shigetsune


Sword Polishing Section

NBSK Chairman's Award:

Morii Tetsutaro

Shinano Mainichi Shinbun Award: Tamaki Joji

Gold prize 1st Seat: Hon'ami Masao

Gold prize 2nd Seat: Abe Soichiro

Gold prize 3rd Seat: Hon'ami Takeshi

Gold prize 4th Seat: Kurashima Kazu

Gold prize 5th Seat: Sugano Seiji

Gold prize 6th Seat: Fujikawa Jiro

Silver prize 1st Seat: Ono Takahiro

Silver prize 2nd Seat: Ogawa Kazuhiro Sagara Yuichi

Silver prize 3rd Seat: Yonekawa Yuji

Silver prize 4th Seat: Akita Yuki

Bronze prize 1st Seat: Sekiyama Kazumichi

Bronze prize 2nd Seat: Mizuta Yoshimasa

Nyusen:

Takeuchi Kazu

Masaumi Ario

Matsuo Kiyotake


Tosogu Section:

The Sasaki Village Board of Education Chairman’s Award:

Kevin Adams (Canada)

Gold Prize 2nd Seat: Fukuyo Hirotake

Silver Prize 1st Seat: Nagauchi Katsuyoshi

Silver Prize 2nd Seat: Kawakami Noburu

Bronze Prize 1st Seat: Ishii Narumichi

Nyusen:

Ikeda Shoryu, Urakami Haruko, Onda Hidehito, Graham Hanley (UK), Kobayashi Kyoka, Mizutanigawa Motosen


Shirogane Section:

Sakaki Mayor's Award: Matsumoto Yutaka

Gold Prize 2nd Seat: Hirata Minoru

Silver prize 1st Seat: Sugiyama Hideaki

Nyusen:

Noguchi Sukehiro


Shirasaya Section:

NBSK Chairman's Award:

Mori Takahiro

Gold prize 2nd Seat: Morii Atsuhiro

Silver Prize 1st Seat: Yoshikawa Kazuyuki

Nyusen:

Ishikawa Masao


Tsukamaki Section:

Gold prize 1st Seat: Sasahara Yoshiyuki

Silver prize 1st Seat: Hirai Shigeharu

Nyusen:

Alex Krupp (USA)

Kuroda Tsutomu


Koshirae Section:

Silver Prize 1st Seat: Morii Atsuhiro

Bronze prize 1st Seat: Kuwano Toshiro

Saya-nuri Section:

Silver Prize 1st Seat: Koyama Mitsuhide

Nyusen:

Michael Cummins (Australia)


Sword Oshigata Art Section:

Award for Excellence 1st Seat: Nagatsu Yoshisuke

Award for Excellence 2nd Seat: Miura Hirotaka

Award for Excellence 3rd Seat: Tamaki Joji

Commendation Award 1st Seat: Abe Soichiro

Commendation Award 2nd Seat: Sekiyama Kazumichi

Nyusen:

Oka Masashi

Seshimo Masahiko

Fujikawa Jiro


Restoration Services


On behalf of Paul Martin of the Japanese Sword:


Polishing, Restoration and Shinsa Service in Japan.

Some of you may not know that we also provide a gateway to the above services in Japan. We have a wide range of fully trained traditional craftsmen on our books, from just graduated, to prize winners, right through to officially recognised Master Craftsmen (Mukansa) in all aspects of blade and koshirae restoration, as well as new commissions of blades, fittings and koshirae.

Prices may not be as high as you think, and our craftsmen only provide the most conservative restorations. We don't provide per cm/inch quotations as your blade may not require that level of work, so in order to get you the best estimate possible, we always try to show the craftsmen in hand.

Also, our craftsmen can do partial repairs, that is matching in a certain section of polish with the rest of the blade if you have an unfortunate scratch or unsightly bit of oxidising but the rest of the blade is fine.

Our admin fees for the service are the lowest in the market, but our craftsmen are of the highest caliber.

We do not focus all our work on a single craftsman. We try to match our customers needs with a suitable craftsman.

We look forward to restoring and submitting your Treasured swords, koshirae and fittings to shinsa for you in 2017. We can also submit your entries to either of the National Craftsmen's competitions here too (subject to group's regulations).

Just search around on the Japanese groups and forums for our reviews.


For more information contact Paul on:

http://www.thejapanesesword.com

https://www.facebook.com/The.Japanese.Sword/



Fair Dates for 2017


Dates for fairs which the society normally attends are as follows:


Stockport: 14th January, 6th May, 23rd September (there is a query about this last date which will be clarified later.)


Birmingham International: 19th February, 18th June, 17th September, 19th November.


Other Fairs:

Liverpool: 8th January, 12th March, 25th June, 24th September, 26th November.

Bolton: 4th February, 1st April.

Leeds (Pudsey): 12th February, 9th April, 9th July, 15th October, 10th December.


Further information on the fairs and the locations of the venues can be found on the websites listed below:


http://www.northernarmsfairs.co.uk


http://stockportmilitaria.org


http://www.birminghamarmsfair.com


The Japanese Gallery: Samurai Armour Exhibition

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The Japanese Gallery, 66E Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BY are holding a Samurai Armour Exhibition on Friday 6th May 2016 at 6.30pm.


For more information click the link below:


Exhibition Flyer

A New Koshirae


A member of the society recently had a Muromachi period Hikobe Sukesada tanto restored in Japan using Paul Martin’s restoration services. As part of the restoration he had a new koshirae made forthe tanto. We believe this shows what excellent quality work Paul Martin can arrange for collectors.

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Hon'ami Koshu Sensei Appointed Living National Treasure for the Craft of Japanese Sword Polishing

The Northern To-Ken Society would like to congratulate Hon’ami Koshu sensei on his appointment as Living National Treasure for the craft of Japanese sword polishing.

Photographs, courtesy and copyright of Tom Kishida

With thanks to Paul Martin:

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A Member’s Restored Sword

A member of the society recently had akatana fully restored using Paul Martin’s excellentrestoration service. See the website below for more information on the services Paul offers:

http://www.thejapanesesword.com/





Japan Day 2014

The society will be exhibiting a display of swords, fittings and armour at Japan Day on the 25th August 2014. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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February 2014 Meeting Rescheduled


To all members please be aware that the February 2014 meeting has been rescheduled from the 4th to the 11th due to circumstances beyond our control.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The society will also be present at Stockport Militaria fair next Saturday on the 11th January. The fair is at the Britannia Hotel, Dialstone Lane, Stockport.

Japan Day Photos


Photos from Japan Day 2013 have now been uploaded to the gallery. Credit goes to society members David Hulme and Peter McCafferty for the photographs.


Japan Day 2013 Photos


Northern Token Society 2017