A Passion for Tsuba Results in a Book


July 21, 2021

In the living room of his Colorado home, Jeff Harshman stands beside one of his samurai warrior helmets.

Most of us have a passion, something in which we find great satisfaction, pleasure, or fulfillment. For Chinook native M. Jeffrey Harshman, a retired school psychologist in Colorado Springs, that is the art of samurai sword guards, or tsuba. His passion runs so deeply that he has authored a book on the subject.

Published by Sweetgrass Books in Helena, Montana, The Art of Tsuba: The Montgomery Collection came out in paperback on June 18, 2021. About a sizeable collection of Japanese Samurai sword guards and its collector-the late Gary Montgomery-the book showcases the beauty of these antique ar...

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