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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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  • $109.99

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Bamboo Forest Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Bamboo forests and a river are engraved and inlaid with gold and silver. 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 gold or silver inlaying. They’re typically good at “Nunome Zougan”, it’s a kind of inlay technique. Stripes which is similar to textile design is put on the metal and gold…

  • $439.96

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Dragonflies Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A copper Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Its edge is covered with gold, this type of decoration is called “Hukurin” in Japanese. Some Japanese pampas grass and autumn insects are engraved and inlaid with gold, silver or Shakudou(mixture of copper and gold). Drogonfly is called “Kachimushi” in Japanese, “Kachi” means the winning, “Mushi” means the insect. So dragonfly was believed as the winning insect. And it moves only forward, not backward. Lots of Samurais loved this insect the reason of its powerful and brave impression.  Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.2cm×7.0cm 0.4cm…

  • $439.96

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Rings Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sunken four corners shape with the symmetry rings design. Its rings are engraved by the openwork. 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 gold or silver inlaying. They’re typically good at “Nunome Zougan”, it’s a kind of inlay technique. Stripes which is similar to textile design is put on the metal and gold or silver leaf…

  • $1,814.83

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Bamboo Shoot Signature:一静(Issei) Age:EDO period Material: Brass A brass Tsuba Mokkou shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Some bamboo shoots are engraved on each side. Its edge was hit by the hammer therefore it looks thick, this type of decoration is called “Uchikaeshi-Mimi” in Japanese. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.6cm×7.8cm 0.45cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 180g   T000129  

  • $1,558.19

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Yaguruma Signature:忠辰(Tadanori) Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA & KOUGAI holes. Radially spinned arrows  make a circle shape and it looks like a tire. Its design is named “Yaguruma” in Japanese. “Ya” means arrow, and “Kuruma(Guruma, in case also)” means car in Japanese. Arrow pattern has been being used as a talisman to protect children especially for boys, wishing them grow up healthy and strong to become brilliant Samurai(Japanese soldier). This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Specially, it’s guaranteed as a particular…

  • $641.61

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Myochin-style, Crests of Waves and Cherry Blossoms Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba irregular shape(Kawari-Gata) with a KODUKA hole. Crests of waves and cherry blossoms are engraved by openwork. A tradition says that cherry blossom is the symbol of rich harvest. 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 Europien countries. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which…

  • $0.00

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ounin-style, Tomoe fretwork Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with Tomoe design. Some flowers and plants are inlaid. Tomoe pattern has been being used as a decoration design for family crests, musical instruments or tiles. It looks like “Magatama” which was used as a kind of accessory. Ounin Tsuba was given its name in Meiji period because of Ounin battle which happened in 1467. Mainly, Ounin Tsuba was created in Kyoto prefecture. They’re good at the processing of brass. But brass was very expensive import, so Ounin Tsuba was valuable item in that period. This Tsuba…

  • $604.94

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Higo-style, Grapes Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A copper Tsuba Mokkou shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Its base pattern is called “Nanako-Ji” in Japanese. The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane(chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each small dot looks like fish egg. Grapes are engraved by “Sukidashi Kebori” technique and its pattern represents celebration or rich harvest. Higo Tsuba had been made since Edo period, Kanei era(1624-1645) in Higo(Kumamoto Pref.) This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.0cm×6.5cm 0.4cm 3.1cm×0.9cm 134g…

  • $329.97

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sailing Ships Signature:八道友清(Hachidou Tomokiyo) Age:EDO period, Genroku era(1688-1704) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Some sailing ships and waves are engraved by Takabori technique. 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. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.8cm×7.4cm 0.4cm 2.7cm×0.9cm 124g   T000124  

  • $329.97

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Myochin-style, Karakusa Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four cornes shape with KODUKA, KOUGAI and two small holes. Arabesque designs are engraved by “Kebori” technique on both sides. This type of pattern is called “Karakusa Mon” in Japanese. Climbing plants tangle and make curves. This full of vitality plant represents prosperity or longevity. 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 Europien countries. This…

  • $192.48

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Autumn Plants Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with a KODUKA hole. Some autumn plants such as Japanese pampas grasses are engraved and inlaid with gold. Auttumn pattern creates quiteness atmosphere and cool-looking sothat this pattern is often used for Kimono(Japanese traditional costume) for summer. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.1cm×7.8cm 0.3cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 160g   T000122  

  • $274.97

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heianjo-style, Crimson Glory Vines Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Several crimson glory vines and its ivy, leaves are inlaid with brass. Small dots describe its fruit. Heianjo-style was established in Yamashiro(Kyoto Pref.), it’s inspired by Ounin-style. Heianjo Tsuba is elaborate and decorative. It’s mainly iron Tsuba circle shape with brass inlayng, and its design was simply family crest or arabesque patterns in the beginning. However, after that they made different shapes of Tsuba and started using gold, silver or copper for inlaying. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.7cm×7.7cm 0.3cm 2.7cm×0.7cm 118g   T000121…

  • $577.45

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kinai-style, Catfish and Lotus Leaves Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period, Kanei Era(1624-1645) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with a KOUGAI hole. A catfish and lotus leaves are engraved by fretwork. Small gold and silver inlay represents drops of water. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.0cm×7.7cm 0.4cm 2.8cm×0.7cm 120g   T000120

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nara-style, Japanese Apricot and Snow Crystals Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Brass A brass Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. This Tsuba describes a beautiful nature scene at the end of winter. The flowering of Japanese apricot blossoms announces the arrival of spring. It’s engraved by piling(Takabori thechnique), and inlaid with gold, silver and copper(Shakudou). People appriciate its adorable petal shape, scent and characteristic branches. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality or prosperity of future generations. The first of Nara school was a Nushi(craftsman who makes lacquer works or lacquer ware), that’s why this school has unique style which is…

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kinai-style, Seashells Signature:記内(Kinai) Age:EDO period Material: Shakudou(mixure of copper and a small quantity of gold) A Shakudou Tsuba irregular shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A variety of seashells are engraved by openwork and inlaid with gold and silver. Clam fits only with its pair shell, so clam 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 marrried with these…

  • $229.15

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Yamakichi-style, Sickles Signature:山吉兵(Yamakichibei) Age:early EDO period(1603-1680) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. Two sickles are engraved by openwork. Many fine lines are radially engraved on both sides, it represents back lights of Amitabha Tathagata, this technique is called “Amida Yasuri” in Japanese. The first and second Yamakichi were famous as Tsuba creator in Owari(Aichi Pref.), who worked for Oda family.  Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.3cm×6.8cm 0.2cm 3.0cm×0.8cm 86g   T000115  

  • $577.45

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Hikone-style, One Day Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with gold inlay. A man riding his horse stays on the bridge and another man is sitting on the dragon. It’s said that this scene represents a story from a Chinese legend. Hikone Tsuba is famous for the special technique which is called “Hikone Bori” in Japanese. Hikone Tsuba has the wonderful combination of  engraving technique and  coloring method with multipul metals.  Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.4cm×6.9cm 0.4cm 2.6cm×0.8cm 98g   T000114  

  • $366.63

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kanzan Jittoku Signature:岡田政知(Okada Masatomo) Age:late EDO period(1781-1867) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba irregular shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. It’s a popular design which is called “Kanzan Jittoku Zu” in Japanese. Kanzan and Jittoku were monks in China in Tou period(around 7th century). There are lots of folklores or traditions about their eccentric behaviors. They look like rascals. Usually, Kanzan has a book and Jittoku has a broom when they’re used as a decoration. However, we’re not sure if they’re actual people or not. Masatomo was the eldest son of Masatomi OKADA, who did well  in Choshu(Yamaguchi Pref.) as Tsuba creator. Masatomo also…

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ishiguro-style, Mountain Path Signature:野田政明(Noda Masaaki) Age:EDO period, Tenpo era(1831-1845) Material: 四分一(Shibuichi, mixture of silver and copper) A Shibuichi Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. Shibuichi contains 25% silver, therefore it makes silverly grey color. Its spiral pattern represents the mountain path. The creator Masaaki Noda was a pupil of Masatsune Ishiguro(1760-1828) who did well in the late Edo period(1781-1867). Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 6.5cm×5.6cm 0.25cm 2.5cm×0.6cm 88g   T000112  

  • $577.45

    Certificate: NTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kaneie-style, An Elderly Person Signature:金家(Kaneie) Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. An elderly man taking a small ship and passing a river. There is an animal which looks like trying to hand something to him. Gold inlay is used effectively such as drops of water, animal’s fur or clothing of the man. This Tsuba is recognized by NTHK Certificate. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.7cm×7.1cm 0.35cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 110g   T000111