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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

Fuchi Kashira(Pommel)

Kozuka(Knife Handle)

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  • $1,028.71

    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 are also used as a pattern for metalworks 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 Society for…

  • $467.60

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Houou and Paulownia Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchi Kashira 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…

  • $748.15

    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 Fuchi Kashira, 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…

  • $607.87

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Daikokuten and Ebisu God Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper This Fuchi Kashira 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…

  • $682.69

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ishiguro-style, Mandarin Ducks on Japanese Apricot Signature: 石黒政明 (Ishiguro Masaaki) Age: Edo period, Tenpou era (1831-1845) Material: Copper This Fuchi Kashira 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 Fuchi Kashira. These birds might be mandarin ducks. Male of mandarin ducks has bright red color so people appreciate their catchy appearance. This bird pattern represents happy…

  • $140.28

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kamon Chirashi Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchi Kashira made of copper Kamon means family crest in Japanese. It is a logo mark that symbolizes each family in Japan. Probably, two different types of family crests are designed on Fuchi A and Kashira. Lots of Samurai loved to put their family crests for their arms or armors. Fuchi B is decorated with a kind of flower motif. It might be a peony. According to a theory, peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a kind of good-omen motif that becomes a rich harvest…

  • $589.17

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Samurai Legend Signature: 玉川信義 (Tamagawa Nobyoshi), 義照 (Yoshiteru) Age: Edo period Material: Copper Fuchi made of copper. Usually, Fuchi Kashira combines one Fuchi and one Kashira, but this item contains three Fuchi parts. Please pay attention 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…

  • $280.56

    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 You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the item. T000187

  • $130.93

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Grapes Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Iron An iron Tsuba Aori shape with a KOUGAI hole Grapes are engraved on the surface. As it bears many bunches of fruits, the grape pattern represents fertility, life, longevity, and rich harvest. This fruit pattern is often designed with squirrel and used for pottery or costume for Noh (a kind of classical Japanese dance-drama) since the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) in Japan. It’s also a good omen pattern. This Tsuba is more significant than many other Tsuba, which we treat in our online shop. You would enjoy its weight and texture of the iron. Size…

  • $65.46

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Geometric Pattern on Mokkou Tsuba Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Shakudo (mixture of copper and gold) A Shakudo Tsuba Mokkou shape with a KODUKA hole. Mokkou shape, its base form was eggs in nests. As a cross section of Mokkou looks similar to this design, it’s named Mokkou shape later. The same geometric is engraved, it might describe some plants.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.3cm×5.5cm 0.2cm 2.5cm×0.8cm 64g You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the item. T000011

  • $308.61

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heianjo-style, Mitsudomoe Karakusa Hane Zu Signature: NO SIGNED Age: EDO period Material: Iron This circled iron tsuba is designed with Mitsudomoe pattern shaped 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 represents water so, it’s believed that this pattern will prevent fire accidents. Mitsu-Domoe patterns can also be found as family crests.  Karakusa and some Hane are inlaid on both sides of this Tsuba. Karakusa means climbing plants, and Hane means wing in Japanese. Ivy has vitality, and it thrives strongly;…

  • $205.74

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nanban-style, Dragons and the Orb Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba has a 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 to 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, the dragon pattern represents glory or development. Nanban Tsuba…

  • $374.08

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nami Chidori Sukashi Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Iron An iron Tsuba with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes Waves and several birds are engraved by openwork. Nami means waves, and Chidori means plovers. Nami Chidori pattern represents happy marriage and family safety. It’s a kind of good omen design that has been enjoyed since the Nara period (648-781). Waves are compared to the world, meaning it describes the determination of overcoming difficulties with partners even if there are small and big waves. Also, a plover pattern is used as a prayer for the victory or achievement of a goal. If you focus…

  • $140.28

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mokkou Shaped Iron Tsuba Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Iron An iron Tsuba Mokkou shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes Mokkou shape, its base form was eggs in nests. As a cross section of Mokkou looks similar to this design, it’s named Mokkou shape later. This Tsuba is made of high quality iron so that you can listen its sound if you flip it softly.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.0cm×7.5cm 0.4cm 2.6cm×0.6cm 161g You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the item. T000197  

  • $74.82

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Marugata Small Tsuba Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period, Bakumatsu (1853-1869) Material: Iron An iron Tsuba circle shape with a KODUKA hole Shoami family was one of three great metalworking schools for about 500 years until 1876. Shoami school worked as smiths for the Ashikaga Shogunate family. Mainly, they have two styles. The first pattern is circle-shaped iron Tsuba with openwork, and another type is with gold or silver inlaying. They’re typically good at “Nunome Zougan,” which is a kind of inlay technique. Stripes similar to textile design are put on the metal and gold or silver leaf cut into these dents.…

  • $93.52

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Marugata Tsuba Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period, Bakumatsu (1853-1869) Material: Iron An iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes Shoami family was one of three great metalworking schools for about 500 years until 1876. Shoami school worked as smiths for the Ashikaga Shogunate family. Mainly, they have two styles. The first pattern is circle-shaped iron Tsuba with openwork, and another type is with gold or silver inlaying. They’re typically good at “Nunome Zougan,” which is a kind of inlay technique. Stripes similar to textile design are put on the metal and gold or silver leaf cut into these dents.…

  • $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…

  • $112.22

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Flying Wild Gooses Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period, Bakumatsu (1853-1868) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with a KOZUKA hall. Five wild gooses are engraved with openwork. Wild goose is a migratory bird which represents fall. Its pattern is also called “Karigane” and used for family crests. The design that describes wild gooses are flying diagonally is named “Gankou Mon”. This bird is engraved by not only a realistic figure, but also a very simplified shape: Hiragana (a kind of Japanese letter) “he” shape that sometimes makes also wild goose.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.9cm×6.2cm 0.4cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 67g You can enlarge…

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    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 the 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.…

  • $102.87

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kasukara Mon Marugata Tsuba Signature: NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes Both sides of this Tsuba are decorated with beautiful Karakusa Mon (Mon means pattern in this case) Karakusa is called arabesque in English. Karakusa pattern is made of vines. As these plants have vitality to grow up, Karakusa pattern represents prosperity and longevity. Also, it’s said that Karakusa pattern has the meaning; it will overcome any difficulties and prosper forever. This Tsuba is smooth to the touch thanks to its iron quality.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.1cm×7.2cm 0.4cm 2.7cm×0.7cm 110g You…