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Sword Fitting

The sword fitting of Japanese sword has many types of decorations such as handguard, sword hilt, pommel, kozuka. Japanese sword not only worked as a weapon but also as an object to show who he is. For example, it shows their personalities and beliefs. You could say that it is like decorations for smartphones today. We recommend you zoom in the pictures of sword fittings. When you do so, you can see the skill of Japanese metal engraving techniques. They are mainly made of iron and copper with inlays of gold, silver, and bronze. When it comes to handguard (TSUBA), each one has a different outline and weight. These sword fittings that have lived with Japanese swords in the same age might be worth as much as Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Yet, If you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the samurai.

Tsuba: Handguard

Menuki: Sword hilt

Fuchigashira: Pommel

Koduka

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  • $1,008.06

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Wild Boar Signature:乙柳軒味墨(Miboku) Age:EDO period Material: 四分一(Shibuichi), mixture of silver and copper A Shibuichi Tsuba sloping four corners shape with a KODUKA hole. A wild boar is engraved and inlaid with gold on the face. Its creator Shozui Hamano(1696-1769) was a pupil of Toshinaga Nara. He used his “Go” (like artist name) such as Miboku. Eyes of boar is also used as a pattern for metalworks which is called “Inome Monyou” in Japanese. This pattern looks like a heart mark and works as an amulet. It’s believed that it would protect us from evil spirits. This Tsuba is recognized by The…

  • $458.21

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Houou and Paulownia Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchigashira made of copper. Houou is designed on Fuchi and Kashira. Houou is a member of four fantasy animals which is called “Shirei” with Kirin(Qilin), Kame(Turtle) and Ryu(Dragon) and it’s a god beast looks like a combination of chicken and peacock. It was considered as an auspicious sign in ancient China, and it was believed that Houou would show up when the brilliant emperor appeared. People appreciate its graceful shape in Japan. Some Kiri(paulownia) are engraved around Houou. It’s believed that Houou rests at the paulownia tree therefore it’s treated as a…

  • $733.14

    Certificate: NTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Goto-style, Kachimushi and Autumn Plants Signature:中川一勝・稲雲(Nakagawa Isshou) Age: late Edo period (1781-1867) Material: Silver This Fuchigashira, made from silver, has the design of dragonflies and autumn plants. Dragonfly has been inhabiting since a long time ago in Japan. As they bag preys quickly, its brave figure was sometimes the object of belief. During the Warring States period, the dragonfly was called “Kachimushi” because of its fearless character; it moves only forward, not backward. Above all, it is said that the dragonfly pattern combined with the iris flower or the arrow was pleased. Iris flower is called “Shoubu” in Japanese, and there…

  • $595.67

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Daikokuten and Ebisu God Signature:NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper This Fuchigashira was made from copper. Daikokuten is designed on this Kashira. Daikokuten and Ebisu God are two of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, called Shichifukujin in Japanese. Generally, Daikokuten holds Uchide no Koduchi (small mallet) and a big and stands on straw rice bags. That’s why this God is related to food. On the other hand, Ebisu God has a fishing pole and a sea bream so that it was the God of fishing originally. Ports will be done well by the comings and goings of ships. Safe voyages will…

  • $668.99

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ishiguro-style, Mandarin Ducks on Japanese Apricot Signature:石黒政明(Ishiguro Msaaki) Age: Edo period, Tenpou era(1831-1845) Material: Copper This Fuchigashira was made of copper. Masaaki Ishiguro was a pupil of Masatsune Ishiguro, who opened Ishiguro school. Ishiguro school became famous metalwork school and they were typically good at flowers and birds designs. Its creator’s name, Masaaki,  is engraved on the side of Fuchi. Two birds that stay on Japanese apricot trees are designed on this Fuchigashira. These birds might be mandarin ducks. Male of madarin ducks has bright red color so people appreciate their catchy appearance. This bird pattern represents happy marriage and has been used…

  • $577.35

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Samurai Legend Signature:玉川信義(Tamagawa Nobuyoshi), 義照(Yoshiteru) Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchi made of copper. Usually, Fuchigashira combines one Fuchi and one Kashira, but this item contains three Fuchi parts. Please pay attention the the fact that Kashira part isn’t included. Probably, each of them was made for different Japanese sword, and even its creator is different by seeing its signature. The thickest Fuchi, it might describe a battle because Samurai who is engraved on it looks he has just jumped into the ship. He wears gorgeous Samurai armor so that he is a high-ranked Samurai. Waves are engraved as a whole, so this…

  • $274.93

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Geometric Patterns Tsuba Set Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron Iron Tsuba set oval shape with KODUKA hole. Tsuba A and B, both of them are decorated with openwork. Tsuba A is the combination of circle and triangle, Tsuba B is the continuous semicircle pattern. According to a theory, triangle pattern will protect us from evil spirits.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight A 6.6cm×6.3cm B 6.9cm×6.1cm A 0.25cm B 0.2cm A 2.7cm×0.9cm B 2.8cm×0.7cm A 70g B 70g   T000187  

  • $201.61

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nanban-style, Dragons and the Orb Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. There is a small tin ball in the gem and it moves if you shake this Tsuba. You can listen its sound. Two dragons are chasing to catch the orb between them. Their long and narrow tongues are characteristic. Arabesque pattern is engraved as a whole, so that dragons look like they’re swimming in the sea. Dragon is a mythical animal and it rises high up into the sky. Therefore, dragon pattern represents glory or development. Nanban Tsuba is basically circle shape…

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kinai-style, Kai Dukushi Sukashi Signature:記内(Kinai) Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Various seashells are engraved by openwork. This pattern is called “Kai Dukushi Mon” in Japanese. Bivalves especially clam, its shell cannot be combined with any other clam’s shell therefore its pattern represents happy marriage. Kinai Tsuba was established in Echizen(Fukui Pref.), and Kinai school flourished very much. Their creations were called “Kinai Bori” or “Echizen Bori” and highly valued. The first Kinai was especially good at Dragon pattern depiction. Myochin Tsuba and Akao Tsuba were also well-known in Echizen. Kinai family got married with…

  • $504.03

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Myochin-style, Four Pigeons Signature:明珎宗友(Myochin Munetomo) Age:late EDO period(1781-1867) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba made in Edo period. Four pigeons are engraved on each side. As pigeon has been treated as the messenger of Yahatano-Kami (one of the Japanese gods), lots of Samurai admired this bird. They thought pigeon is the symbol of victory. Their eyes are inlaid with gold. Originally, Myochin family’s occupation was armor production. They took over its technique from the early Kamakura period until the Meiji period. Myochin Tsuba is typically made from iron. Its smiths often used Nanban iron which was imported from India, China or European countries.  Size…

  • $320.75

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Rabbit looking up the Moon Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba four sloping corners shape with a KODUKA hole. The rabbit looking up the moon is engraved. The moon hid behind clouds a little. The combination of the moon and autumn plants, waves, animals such as rabbit or deer is often expressed. It’s a kind of typical motifs that symbolizes fall. There are several dots which are inlaid with gold and it makes mystical atmosphere. The surface of a mountain and plants are engraved on the backside. This Tsuba’s edge is surrounded with rope shape decoration so that it has…

  • $302.42

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sage and Turtle Signature:井上通高(Inoue Michitaka) Age:late EDO period(1781-1867) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with a KODUKA hole. This tsuba might describe a scene of a tradition or legend. An elderly man seems to be a mountain hermit and an animal that looks similar to turtle or soft-shelled turtle are engraved on the front. Mountains and the mountain path are engraved on the back side. Its creator, Michitaka Inoue, he was the second of Inoue school. They worked for Mouri family. He was especially good at circle shape iron Tsuba with plants, flowers and animals patterns by “Nikubori Jisukashi” technique. Size Thichness…

  • $329.91

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Kai Dukushi Signature:正阿弥(Shoami) Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. This Tsuba is designed with “Kai Dukushi” pattern. This pattern is a combination of various seashells. It’s often designed with seaside scene or wave pattern. Bivalves especially clam, its shell cannot be combined with any other clam’s shell therefore its pattern represents happy marriage. Shoami school worked as smiths for Ashikaga Shogunate family. Shogun means the top of Samurai(Japanese soldier) who ruled the entire Japan. Mainly, they have two styles. The first pattern is circle shaped iron Tsuba with openwork, and another type is with…

  • $229.11

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Deep in the Mountain Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape no KODUKA hole neither KOUGAI one. This Tsuba is quite large and heavy compare to other many Tsuba which we treat in our online shop. Nakago Hitsu(center hole of Tsuba to put a sword) looks thick, so its center is thicker than the surrounding area. At a small lodge, people that seems to be monks and farmer are standing close to the river. Mountains and a temple are engraved in the distance and covered by clouds so that it makes mystic atmosphere. On the back side, it might…

  • $412.39

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mitsu-Domoe Openwork Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape. Mitsu-Domoe Mon is engraved with openwork. Mitsu-Domoe pattern is the combination of three Tomoe patterns. There are some theories about the origin of Tomoe pattern. It’s said that Magatama(comma shaped accessory) is its origin. Tomoe pattern means water so that it’s believed that this pattern will prevent fire accidents. Mitsu-Domoe pattern is also found as family crests. Gold inlaid lines might describe waves.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.4cm×8.4cm 0.4cm 2.9cm×0.8cm 150g   T000188  

  • $91.64

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nanban-style, Two Dragons Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Dragon is a mythical animal and it rises high up into the sky. Therefore, dragon pattern represents glory or development. It’s a beast that is a symbol of auspicious signs. Its body is likened nine animals: antlers are deer, head is camel, eyes are demons, neck is snake, belly is Mizuchi(mythical animal in Japan which looks like snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that Dragon would…

  • $128.30

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Full Moon Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A human taking a boat looks like he(or she) is doing the laundry. Mountains and a full moon are engraved in the distance and inlaid with gold. Moon pattern is often designed with rabbit, deer, autumn plants or waves and these patterns symbolize fall. Some plants and rocks are engraved on the back side. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.0cm×6.5cm 0.25cm 2.9cm×0.8cm 135g   T000172  

  • $1,814.52

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Samurai and Oni Signature:□章子 Shoko Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchigashira made of copper. Samurai(Japanese soldier) and Oni are engraved. Samurai wears gorgeous armor and brings his sword, and he is carrying a flag on his back. Oni is one of the most popular mythical monsters in Japan. It’s often described in folk tales or myths. This Fuchigashira might describe a scene of any tradition, and this samurai is trying to attack the Oni. (Fuchi) Size Thickness Weight 3.7cm×2.1cm 1.2cm 36g (Kashira) Size Thickness Weight 3.5cm×2.0cm 1.1cm 20g   F000002  

  • $742.30

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ogress Signature: Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchigashira made of copper. A man carrying an ogress(female ogre) on his back are engraved to Kashira, and a horse which looks very scared of the ogress is engraved to Fuchi. This Fuchigashira might describe any tradition. Its pattern is similar to the legend of “Omori Hikoshichi”. Hikoshichi Omori, he was a general of Samurai in Nanbokucho period(1336-1392). After he defeated Masashige Kusunoki, he met a beautiful woman while he was going on a steep mountain path. He carried the lady on his back to help her. Abruptly she was transformed into the monster and attacked…

  • $549.85

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Two Boats Signature:NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper Menuki made of copper. Before the invention of automobile or airplane, ships were very important transportation for Japanese people especially because Japan is an island. From the Momoyama period(1568-1600) to Edo period, merchant vessels from the Netherlands or Portugal came to Japan. These ships were called “Nanbansen”, and it became a kind of pattern for Kimono(Japanese traditional costume) or furniture.  (two boats, both parts are same size) Size Thickness Weight 1.2cm×3.8cm 0.5cm 5.0g   M000002