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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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  • $710.35

    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  

  • $669.10

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nara-style, Japanese Apricot Blossoms Signature:NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Brass A Brass Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Japanese apricot blossoms and a creature are engraved and inlaid with gold, silver or Shakudou(mixture of copper and gold). The flowering of Japanese apricot blossoms announces the arrival of spring. People appriciate its adorable petal shape, scent and characteristic branches. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality or prosperity of future generations. Nara school is one of the most important metal carving schools in Japan. They did well  in downtowns and tried to introduce new unique designs so that their…

  • $527.03

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Myochin-style, Matsu Sukashi Signature:NO SIGNED Age: Edo period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba Mokkou shape with two holes which describe pines. Pine needle is connected with another needle at the root, so this pattern represents strong alliance, partnership or eternal love. 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. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as…

  • $366.63

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Waves and Water Birds Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 山銅(Yamagane, copper and some impurities) A Koduka made from Yamagane. It was hit by the specifique graver(Nanakoji Tagane), so its base has upheaval. Each small dot looks like fish egg therefore this type of decoration is called “Nanakoji” in Japanese. Three birds are engraved on the face. Small gold dots describe drops of water. Water bird pattern is often combinated with water-weeds. Size Thickness Weight 1.4cm×9.7cm 0.4cm 36g Please note that this item is only Koduka case, small knife is not included.  K0000010  

  • $733.27

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Small Bird and Japanese Apricot Tree Signature:一柳友善(Hitotsuyanagi Tomoyoshi) Age:late EDO period(1781-1867) Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudo. Shakudo contains copper and a small amount of gold; therefore, this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. A little bird takes a rest at the Japanese apricot tree. Japanese apricots bloom in winter, so snow covers its tree. That’s why this flower tells the coming spring. It has been appreciated for a long time ago in Japan. People enjoy its adorable petal shape and scent, gracefully branched tree, and compose many poems. As it comes out in the cold…

  • $1,264.88

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mitsugashiwa Mon Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudo. Shakudo contains copper and a small amount of gold; therefore, this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. Its base is decorated with the Nanako-Ji technique. The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane(chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each small dot looks like fish egg. Mitsugashiwa Mon is designed on this Koduka. This pattern is a combination of three Kashiwa (daimyo oak) leaves. Its leaves were used for putting foods in the past. So, it was used as a dish when we offer…

  • $549.95

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kyo Kinko-style, Three Lions Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudo that contains copper and a small amount of gold; therefore, this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. Its base is decorated by the “Nanako-Ji” technique. The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane(chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each small dot looks like fish egg. Three lions are designed and inlaid with gold. People thought lion has the power of the sun and believed that lion will protect us from evil spirits. There are also its mane pattern and it represents…

  • $577.45

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nomura-style, Kiseru and Uchiwa Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka is from Shakudo that contains copper and a small amount of gold; therefore, this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. Its base is decorated by the “Nanako-Ji” technique. The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane(chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each small dot looks like fish egg. Kiseru is a pipe. It was brought from Portugal to Japan at the end of the Muromachi period. Since then, people started smoking, but it was quite an expensive item for citizens. Only wealthy Samurai families…

  • $586.61

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kaga-Zougan-style, Haze and Willow Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a small amount of gold therfore this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. A misty wood is engraved by Hirazougan technique. It’s a kind of inlay technique. It use a flat or linearly processed metal and put into grooves therefore it’s be finished almost evenly. Three birds are engraved on the back side. This Koduka is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thickness Weight 1.4cm×9.7cm 0.3cm 34g Please…

  • $439.96

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Bamboo Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Brass A Koduka made from brass. A bamboo is engraved on the face. Its back side is separated two colors, gold and black. Do you know Houou? It’s a kind of mythical animal; phoenix which originally came from China. It’s  called Houou in Japanese. It’s said that Houou appears only when a brilliant emperor was born. According to a legend, Houou eats nuts of bamboo therefore bamboo has been being treated as good-luck bringer. Also, bamboo dosen’t change its green color even in winter. This plant pattern represents unchaging or longevity.  Size Thickness Weight 1.5cm×9.8cm 0.4cm 40g…

  • $467.46

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Raptor and Monkey Signature:SIGNED but cannot be read  Age:EDO period Material: Copper A Koduka made from Copper. A raptor and a monkey are designed. This flying raptor might be a hawk. Hawk is an intelligent bird used for hunting, which is called falconry. It was popular among high-class Samurai to have it hunt prays as a pastime activity. Back in the old days, it was also known as a symbol of the authority for emperors and royal families. During the warring period, it is said that men (Samurai) and the hawk had a deep connection as a symbol of advancement and authority. Lots…

  • $137.49

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Onigawara Signature:SIGNED on the surface of the knife but cannot be read: □兵□尉作 Age:EDO period Material: Copper A Koduka made from copper. Onigawara is designed on this Koduka. Onigawara is a ridge-end roof tile with a demon face. Oni is a kind of Japanese monster which has a human body and scary face with fangs. It’s believed that this decorative tile will protect us from evil spirits. Other types of motifs such as flower patterns or family crests can be found as a decoration of Onigawara, but it’s also called Onigawara. The small knife is included with this item. You can see the…

  • $412.46

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Cherry Blossoms Signature:三宅永要(Miyake Eiyou) Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a small amount of gold therfore this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. It was hit by the specifique graver(Nanakoji Tagane), so its base has upheaval. Each small dot looks like fish egg therefore this type of decoration is called “Nanakoji” in Japanese. Cherry Blossoms are engraved on the face. This flower is a representative flower of Spring. Its pattern has been being appreciated since Heian period(782-1184). It represents a sign of good luck. Size Thickness Weight 1.3cm×9.7cm 0.2cm 28g Please note…

  • $458.29

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Rolls of Cloth Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakdou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a small amount of gold therfore this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. It was hit by the specifique graver(Nanakoji Tagane), so its base has upheaval. Each small dot looks like fish egg therefore this type of decoration is called “Nanakoji” in Japanese. Rolls of cloth for Kimono(Japanese traditional costume) are engraved and it forms gentle arcs. Size Thickness Weight 1.4cm×9.5cm 0.4cm 28g Please note that this item is only Koduka case, small knife is not included. K000005  

  • $320.80

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heron and Hollyhock Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A Koduka made from copper.The surface of this Koduka’s base is decorated with Nanako-ji technique. The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane(chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each small dot looks like fish egg. Shirasagi (white heron) is an elegant bird which looks similar to crane. Generally, this bird is designed with running water and reed patterns so that it symbolizes summer. It’s treated as a kind of good-omen motif. Shirasagi and running water are inlaid with silver. Hollyhock leaves are inlaid with gold. Its leaf pattern has been enjoyed for family…

  • $247.48

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Lion and Hawk Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A Koduka made from copper. A lion and a hawk are designed. It is believed that a lion has the power of the sun, and its pattern will protect us from evil spirits. Hawk is a smart bird used for hunting, which is called falconry, it’s famous as recreation for high-class Samurai. But in the old days, it was also familiar with emperors and royal families so it might be the reason why hawk was regarded as a symbol of the authority of the ruler. During the warring period, the success of the boy…

  • $329.97

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Traveler’s Journal Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Brass A Koduka made from brass. A man pulling a horse is engraved under the willow tree. The horse carries bunches of straws on his back. This Tsuba might describe a scene of journey or a dailiy routine. Size Thickness Weight 1.4cm×9.5cm 0.4cm 35g Please note that this item is only Koduka case, small knife is not included.  K000004  

  • $247.48

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mountain Path Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A Koduka made from copper. An elderly person carrying a basket is going to cross a wooden bridge. Weeping willows and weeds are fluttering in the breeze.  Size Thickness Weight 1.7cm×9.8cm 0.7cm 30g Please note that this item is only Koduka case, small knife is not included. K000003  

  • $1,127.40

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kyo-Kinkou-style, Seven Lions Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 赤銅(Shakudou, mixture of copper and gold) A Koduka made from Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a small amount of gold therfore this Koduka has bluish-purple black color. It was hit by the specifique graver(Nanakoji Tagane), so its base has upheaval. Each small dot looks like fish egg therefore this type of decoration is called “Nanakoji” in Japanese. Seven lions are engraved on the face. It’s believed that lion pattern works well for driving out evil spirits. This Koduka is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as…

  • $1,264.88

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Omori Hikoshichi Signature:保政(Yasumasa) Age:EDO period Material: 四分一(Shibuichi, mixture of copper and silver) A Koduka made from Shibuichi. Shibuichi contains 25% silver therfore this Koduka has silvery gray color. A man and a scary monster are engraved on the face. This Tsuba describes a legend of 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 Hikoshichi. In fact, the woman was the…