Japanese Art Swords

samurai sword It is difficult to explain my fascination with these unique art objects, which truly are works of functional sculpture. I have been collecting and studying the Japanese Art Sword for over thirty years. Acquiring my first Samurai Sword in October, 1975 (see photo of my first katana).

Since 1986 I have been concentrating my research on Tsukamaki. In 1987, with the guidance of Dr.W.Y.Takahashi, Sensei, I began a three year intensive study/apprenticeship of the restoration and preservation techniques of John Grimmitt and Takahiro Ichinose, concentrating my research on Tsukamaki and Japanese Lacquerware. Since 1988, I have been performing restoration work on tsuka for various institutions, private collectors, and dealers. In particular, from the fall of '91 until the spring of '96, I performed all of the tsuka restoration work for the Fred Lohman Company.

Currently, I still enjoy both the privilege of doing self-directed, and expertly supervised, restoration and appraisals, as well as the autonomy to research the history and culture of distinctive Japanese art objects.

My Sword Related Publications:


The Art of Tsukamaki

Buck, T. L. (2012) The Art of Tsukamaki. Portland: Lloyd &Tutle Publishing, Ltd. ISBNs: 0-984377956; 978-0984377954

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Buck, T. L. (2002) Across the Spectrum: Historical Trends in Japanese Lacquer-ware. Portland: Lloyd & Tutle Publishing, Ltd. ISBN: 0-9843779-1-3

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Buck, T. L. (1998) Ancient Japanese Swords and Fittings: A Collection of Restored and Translated Nineteenth Century Woodblock Prints. Portland: Lloyd & Tutle Publishing, Ltd. ISBN: 0-9843779-0-5


Buck, T. L. (1999). The traditional Japanese urushi techniques, Conservation

of Urushi Objects, Postprints of the International Symposium on the
Conservation of and Restoration of Cultural Property 1999, Tokyo,
National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Tokyo, p. 206.

Buck, Thomas (1994). Saya Lacquering - How to put on a mirror

finish. Colorado Token Kai Quarterly, v3, n1, pp. 13-14.

Buck, Thomas (1993). Tsuka-maki, The Art of Japanese Sword

Restoration. Colorado Token Kai Quarterly, v1, n1, pp. 3-8.

Buck, Thomas (1983). The Historical Classification and General

Construction of the Samurai Sword. The Middle States Historical
, v32 (Apr. 1983), 341-352.

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