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  • Kawaii Kabuto restored by Miura Sensei

    At long last!
    An auction house that is actually promoting restoration by katchushi.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/255...kbcF7gSuvoQEEU

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    Last edited by DaveT; 09-06-2019, 09:05 AM.
    David Thatcher
    Professional Armour Restoration (Katchushi Koubou)
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  • #2
    A perfect restoration.
    Last edited by gui; 09-06-2019, 12:49 PM.

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    • DaveT
      DaveT commented
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      Try and make one, that is my answer. Nowadays a katchushi is but one man, years ago he was 100 men working together.

  • #3
    I'm also sad to say that Miura sensei is currently in hospital recovering from a stroke. With regret, I don't think we will see anything else done by him. Andy is looking after him.
    David Thatcher
    Professional Armour Restoration (Katchushi Koubou)
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    • #4
      I guess some of the best Katchushi working in Japan are getting on in age. All the more important that younger artisans are ready to step up. But I suspect that the number of future restorer are quite low.

      Jan
      Jan - Sweden

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      • DaveT
        DaveT commented
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        Nearly all gone.

    • #5
      one of the top-collectors in Japan has a collection of copies of famous helmets, made by Fumio Nishioka . Also this is keeping the skills alive.
      Luc Taelman -

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      • DaveT
        DaveT commented
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        please understand my view on this.
        I have no respect for poor urushi work of Nishioka Koubou or his student Robert Soanes. Neither do I respect the work of Xenon Van Damme when Katchu is concerned.

        Neither can lacquer to an acceptable standard and furthermore, Xenon cannot even lace odoshi correctly, therefore, I view him as a menace.

        I do not expect you to understand the difference Luc as you are a hobbyist with no training in urushi-nuri. I have taken some stick over the years because I never trained in Japan as a Katchushi, and I now train with the best! But as to urushi, I was trained by one of the leading urushi-shi in japan whos sensei is a National Living Treasure and this is overlooked. Most people can hammer iron, many should be able to lace, but being able to lacquer armour to the highest standard is the top of the hill.

        Over the years I have researched and developed many urushi-nuri techniques that are particularly used in armour. No one in Japan has done this and my pending PHD is based upon this. After visiting Japan now regularly there are only a handful of true katchushi worthy of a commission. Toyoda Sensei, Ogawa Sensei, Miura Sensei and Andy. I've dismissed Satio as he lives with his mum and dad and is more of a hobbyist with no dedicated koubou.

    • #6
      Rage , Rage against the dying of the light , do not go gently into that goog night.....

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      • #7
        I first met Miura Sensei in Liege, Belgium where he was demonstrating sugake lacing during that wonderful time when museums throughout the country were running exhibitions on Japanese themes. I went to dinner with him at an Italian restaurant and suggested he might like a calzone pizza - which he found revolting. (oops). As it says in the article above, he restored one of the diplomatic armours sent to King James I (and VI), making new kanamono for the helmet and relacing the whole thing. I was initially surprised that the armour had gone out with kote, haidate and a box but returned without them. I now know he was right as these pieces, which were all of the wrong type for the period of the armour, had been added by H. Russell Robinson in the belief it should look complete.

        Ian Bottomley
        Last edited by Ian Bottomley; 09-10-2019, 09:16 AM.
        Ian Bottomley - UK

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        • #8
          It sold.

          Sold for US$ 15,075 (£ 12,104) inc. premium

          I'm sure Muira sensei will be very pleased.
          David Thatcher
          Professional Armour Restoration (Katchushi Koubou)
          Web: http://www.yoroi.uk
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