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Menuki: Sword hilt

Menuki is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which was initially put into the hole of the handle. It covers Mekugi (nail) so that the blade of a sword will be fixed. Originally, Menuki was used to hold Mekugi, but they became separated over time. And then, Menuki had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.

Menuki became more decorative from the early modern times. Since it had been attached under the Tsukamaki (the handle of the Japanese sword wrapped by thread), Menuki played an essential role in making it easier to grip the handle of the sword.

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  • $141.98

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Rooster and Hen Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Edo period Material: Shakudou (the mixture of copper and gold) Menuki made of Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a little amount of gold so that it makes purplish black color. This Menuki is a combination of rooster and hen. This bird motif represents the prosperity. Also, chicken has been appreciated because it tells morning. The rooster has long tail and opens his bill. It seems he threatens enemies to protect his family. The hen bends down and looking around. By seeing their atmosphere, you might feel their tension in wild life.  (Rooster) Size Thickness Weight 1.9cm×2.7cm 0.6cm 6.0g…

  • $113.59

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sasa and Sparrows Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Edo period Material:Shakudou (mixture of copper and gold) Menuki made of Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a little amount of gold so that it makes purplish black color. This Menuki is the combination of Sasa (leaves of bamboo) and some birds. It’s said that bamboo pattern represents eternity and longevity so that its leaves coud be given same meaning. These birds might be sparrows because it’s quite familiar bird to the Japanese and it has positive meaning. As sparrows make a flock and act togather, its pattern symbolizes  prosperity and rich harvest. Sparrows and several leaves are decorated…

  • $851.89

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kabuto and Tachi Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Edo period Material: Shakudo (mixture of copper and gold) Kozuka and Menuki made of Shakudo. Shakudo contains copper and a little amount of gold so that it makes purplish black color. This item is the combination of Kozuka and Menuki. Some parts are decorated with gold elaborately and it gives luxury looks. There is a crack on the Kozuka. During the worring period, men were expected to become strong Samurai. For that reason, it’s important to be in a good health condition always. It’s believed that Kabuto (worrior’s helmet) will protect them from evil spirits or misfortune. And,…

  • $378.62

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Two Spears Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Edo period, Bakumatsu (1853-1868) Material: Copper Menuki made of copper. This Menuki is the combination of two spears. According to a theory, lots of Samurai loved to put Menuki with weapon motifs for their swords because they wanted to become strong for conquering the whole country. Spear was one of the main weapons in the warring state period. The owner of this Menuki might have had the wish that he makes a large contribution by using his spears.  (Trident) Size Thickness Weight 1.4cm×8.9cm 0.3cm 6.0g (Two forks spear) Size Thickness Weight 0.9cm×9.0cm 0.3cm 5.0g M000005  

  • $567.93

    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  

  • $733.58

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Hutamata Daikon and Sea Bream Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Edo period Material:Copper Menuki made of copper. Hutamata Daikon means two-pronged Japanese radish. This pattern represents happy marriage, and it’s a kind of offering for gods (especially for Daikokuten/Mahakala) based on a transmission. Sea bream is called “Tai” in Japanese. It’s a good-luck bringer so that it’s being used for celebrations often.  (Hutamata Daikon) Size Thickness Weight 1.2cm×6.1cm 0.4cm 8.0g (Sea Bream) Size Thickness Weight 1.7cm×6.1cm 0.4cm 4.0g   M000001  

  • $425.95

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide 江戸末期(the end of Edo Period) 無銘 町彫り(Mumei Machibori) size: approx. 2.3cm x 1.1 cm thickness: approx. 0.4cm weight: 5g total weight 65g

  • $354.01

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide 江戸中期 (the mid of Edo Period) 無銘 後藤 ( Mumei/ Goto school) size: approx. 4.0 cm x 1.3 cm thickness: approx. 0.3 cm weight: 7g total weight 85 g

  • $331.29

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide 江戸中期(the middle of Edo Period) 無銘 加賀後藤(Mumei Kaga Goto Family) size: approx. 4.5 cm x 1.1 cm thickness: approx. 0.7cm weight: 5g total weight 70 g