The Course, that requires a basic knowledge of the
art of the sword of ancient Japan, will furnish a
great deal a qualification difficult to achieve out
The lessons will be kept from a great professional
of the art, Marco Quadri, student since the 1993 of
the master Mishina Kenji Mukansha of the NBTHK of
Tokyo, formerly head instructor to the Nagayama
Kenshujo and entrusted by the Japanese Government to
the restauration of designate blades with the
qualification of" Kokuho" (National Treasure) and" Juyo Bunkazai (Important Cultural Property).
The Course will be articulated in one only Form, of
6 days (Monday to Saturday 9,00. 13,00 and
14,30-17,30) of 7 hours every, articulated in
theoretical lessons, discussions of group and
conducted visits to the Museum Stibbert with
possibility of a close check on the pieces of their
collection and to debate on their of maintenance.
The Course will be held in Florence, at the
Auditorium al Duomo, via de' Cerretani no. 54R, from
Monday 18 nth. to Saturday July 23 rd 2005.
Certificate of Frequency
At the end of the course a certificate of frequency
will be hand over by the holder of the course and by
the representatives of the involved Institutions,
stating the frequency to the Course and the
attainment of a basic ability of the subject.
During the lessons the followings themes will be
General metallurgy, the Fe and his mineral
Brief history of the steel (Caucasus, India, Far
Workmanship of the steel, the damask (the Ukku from
India to the other oriental Countries)
The steel damask to layers in Japan and its
mechanical qualities in the construction of the
Terminology of the Japanese sword
Structural patterns (Honsammae, Kobuse etc.)
Different alloys of steel employed ( kawagane,
shingane ecc. )
The five schools (Yamashiro, Yamato, Bizen, Soshu,
the Gassan added, characteristics of base and their
The evolution of the Japanese sword after the
attempt of Mongol invasion.
The sugata through the centuries, priority base in
the attribution of the period of construction.
The ji-hada, as above.
The hamon, as above.
As to recognize a blade Koto, from Shinto,
The Gendaito, the Murato one, the Shinsakuto.
The Horimono and their symbolism and opportunity.
When and because a blade is to consider of good
The forgeries and the Utsushis (copies of ancient
The nakago (tang) and the importance of his
Preservation of the blades.
The koshirae: the saya in lacquer and the kodogu;
materials and metals used.
The polishing (the stones, the different materials
and their employment).
The restoration of the blades, when possible: the
non eliminable defects.
The problems of the restoration owed to the
antiquity: teeth, rust of various colors, spider
rust, tips broken, bended blades.
Performance problems owed to wrong polishing: plain
not correct, characteristics of the school of
affiliation not respected, non visible ji-hada.
The restoration of the koshirae: the lacquer, the
samè, the kodogu (materials and used metals: urushi,
Ag Au, shibuichi, sentoku) cleaning and restoration
of the patinas.
The cost of the course is of . 1.310,00
,p.p. IVA included. The sum should be versed within
and not later the term of the application demand,
settled on June 15th 2005. In case of release within
June 30th 2005 it will be refund the 50% of the
entrance fee. Any release reached later the June
30th 2005 will not be refund.
The entry includes:
The lessons of the course, all the scheduled visits,
the educational material, a welcome drink on arrival
on Sunday July 17th, 7 overnight stays in Hotel 3*
in double bed room with buffet breakfast, 6 light
lunches (from Monday to Saturday), restaurant card (an
agreement card available with self service
Florentine restaurants), final dinner on Saturday
- extra charge for a single room accommodation: 245,00
- companion fee (welcome drink on arrival on Sunday
17th July, 7 overnight stays in Hotel 3* in double
bed room with buffet breakfast, 6 light lunches (from
Monday to Saturday), restaurant card (an agreement
card available with self service Florentine
restaurants), final dinner on the Saturday 23rd July.
The entry doesn't include:
Transfers for and from Florence, the lodging and the
food, the transfers in city and everything how much
not suitable in the voice" the entry includes."
Registration to the course:
The Course of a maximum of 20 participants, previous
attainment of a least number of 15 affiliate and
previous presentation of application form and
payment of the registration fee, will be activated.
The entry form must be equip from curriculum vitae
of the candidate an informative relationship on the
motives for the interest to participate in the
Course. A special Committee of acceptance will be
appraise the demands submitted.
The application forms should be received within and
not later the June 15th 2005.
The candidates will have to introduce:
the entry form using the special attached form the
attestation of the payment of the" Tax of
registration" of . 1.310,00 to credit on the
current account no. 905512/00 in Cassa di Risparmio
di Firenze, Agenzia 6, ABI 06160 CAB 02806 CIN V,
IBAN: IT93V0616002805000905512C00 made uot to:
Fleming Youth S.r.L.
Analisi, Restauro e Conservazione della Spada
Via del Giglio n.10 - 50123 Firenze
questions of the payment attestation won't be
considered. Such documentation will have to reach by
mail (to address of the Fleming Youth S.r.L. - Via
del Giglio n.10, - 50123 Firenze - Italy) or by fax
(0039 055 28 32 60) or email (email@example.com) within the June 15th
1- All the participants will have to provide of a
valid identification card.
2- The organization reserves him to bring varying to
the present program assuring a timely communication
to the parties however.
Further information can be in demand to the:
Reception office of the Fleming Youth, tel. 0039 055
2382 762, fax 0039 055 28 32 60,