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Kiri-Bako for Tsuba

Postby Albert R » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:30 pm

Fellows,
Out of curiosity, where do you all get your Kiri Bako?

Thanks!
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Re: Kiri-Bako for Tsuba

Postby Ford » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:26 pm

I generally have mine made to order by a couple who specialise in kiri-bako. If anyone is interested PM me and I'll put you in touch with an English speaking go between in Japan.
My boxes come without any lining, that I make to fit each tsuba and my wife makes the cushions.
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Namikawa Heibei carries the two commercially available type of kiri-bako. You'll see the same boxes variously hyped and over priced all over the place.

http://www.namikawa-ltd.com/product-list/20
This is the standard box
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and the 'High Quality" box
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And I see [url=http://www.nihontocraft.com/Tsuba_Kiri_Bako.htmDanny Massey at Nihontocraft[/url] is offering some very fancy custom boxes with silk ties.
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These look to be the same sort of quality as those I have made.

The real cost, apart from the care with which the boxes are made, is the quality of the wood. The cheapest looks more like a porous balsa wood whereas the best stuff is really quite dense and takes a lovely patina in time. Don't be overly distracted by the fancy hard-wood trim either. ;-)
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Re: Kiri-Bako for Tsuba

Postby Albert R » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:14 pm

Thank you sir, much obliged!
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Re: Kiri-Bako for Tsuba

Postby Steve » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:07 pm

I get mine from Japan via eBay (seller's handle is matsu-kaze.japan). Not top quality (currently, about $20USD), but adequate for me. They usually have a cloth insert with the central stub for the nakago-ana to fix on. There are other sellers of course, and used kiri-bako are often less that $10USD, but it also depends on how much they are asking for shipping - sometimes its too much, so I pass even if the item cost is reasonable.

A link to a current offering: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Wood-T ... 1372264780
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Re: Kiri-Bako for Tsuba

Postby Albert R » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:00 pm

Steve,
Thank you very much!

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