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An extremely powerful octagonal iron tsuba Namakuzukashi. The edges of the sukashi as well as the mimi are rounded. Copper sekigane. The sekigane in the chukensettsu indicates that it had been mounted on a massive blade at one time. 7.79 cm x 7.54 cm x 6.4 mm. The patina becomes a rich black with the slightest rubbing of the metal. Tekotsu evident. Ex Holbrook collection. Perhaps Sendai or Myochin, as per Robert Haynes.