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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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  • $146.65

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Fan Shape Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape. These two openworks represent fans. Fan pattern is called “Ougi mon” in Japanese, and it represents development or extension. In ancient time, only high class people could bring fans therefore this pattern represents also wealth. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.0cm×8.0cm 0.4cm 3.2cm×0.8cm 104g   T000110  

  • $439.96

    Certificate: NTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Akasaka-style, The Flock of Wild Goose Signature:NO SIGNED Age:late EDO period(1781-1867) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. The big flock of wild goose is engraved by openwork. Wild goose is a migratory bird which represents fall. According to the certificate, its creator is Tadatoki Akasaka. It’s said that this school was named Akasaka school because they moved to Edo(Tokyo Pref.) from Kyoto and lived in Akasaka area after the Edo government was established. This Tsuba is recognized by NTHK Certificate. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.9cm×7.8cm 0.4cm 2.4cm×0.6cm 130g   T000109  

  • $229.15

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Triangle Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A big triangle, three rhombuses and six wild gooses are engraved by openwork. Each rhombuse is put between two wild gooses. Wild goose is a migratory bird which represents fall. Shoami school worked for Ashikaga Shogunate family as smiths. 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…

  • $229.15

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heianjo-style, Arabesque Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Some leaves and arabesque design are inlaid with brass on both sides. Ivy has vitality and it thrives strongly. So, arabesque design represents prosperity and longevity. 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, siver or copper for inlaying.  …

  • $366.63

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Akasaka-style, Clock Spring Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Its pattern represents the mecanism of an old type of clock. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.2cm×7.2cm 0.6cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 116g   T000104  

  • $779.09

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mokkou Signature:俊□(The second letter is unclear, but it’s said he is Japanese Sword Smith) Age:MUROMACHI period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba Mokkou shape with a small hole. Mokkou shape, its base form was eggs in nests. After that, as a cross section of Mokkou looks similar to this design, it’s named Mokkou shape. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.3cm×8.1cm 0.7cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 234g   T000103  

  • $0.00

    Title: Heianjo-style, Inome Sukashi Signature:NO SIGNED Age:MUROMACHI period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four leaves of hollyhock shape(Aoi-Gata) with a KODUKA hole. This Tsuba might be used for TACHI(a type of sword which is longer than Uchigatana). There are four openworks(Sukashi) which looks like heart mark, it’s called “Inome” in Japanese, it means boar’s eye. It’s believed that Inome pattern works to prevent bad luck or evil spirits. This design is often used in sacred places such as shrines or temples. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.7cm×7.4cm 0.3cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 88g   T000102

  • $320.80

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Owari-style, Sea Cucumbers and Hanabishi Signature:NO SIGNED Age:early EDO period(1603-1680) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Folower shaped openworks are engraved inside of  two sea cucumber shaped holes. This type of flower pattern has been being used since long time ago and it’s said that it originally came from the Continent. Usually, flowers are designed with five petals, but when it’s arranged rhombic shape with four petals, it’s called “Hanabishi” in Japanese. Lots of Kuge(court nobles) loved it during Heian period(794-1184). Owari-style Tsuba is famous for openwork Tsuba, which is called “Owari Sukashi Tsuba” in Japanese. Many…

  • $146.65

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: The Moon, Plovers and Waves Signature:NO SIGNED Age:late EDO period, Bakumatsu(1853-1868) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. The moon, plovers and waves are inlaid with silver. The combination of waves and plovers, this pattern is called “Nami Chidori Zu” in Japanese. Nami means wave, Chidori means plover. This pattern represents happy marriage.   Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.8cm×8.5cm 0.4cm 2.9cm×0.8cm 180g   T000100  

  • $870.75

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Across a River Signature:正利(Masatoshi) Age:EDO period, Bunsei Era(1818-1831) Material: 四分一(Shibuichi), mixture of silver and copper A Shibuichi Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. Shibuichi contains 25% of silver and it’s also called “Oborogin” in Japanese. This material makes elegant silvery gray color. Masatoshi belonged to Ito school. A man riding a horse is trying to across the river. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.4cm×5.8cm 0.35cm 2.8cm×0.7cm 108g   T000099  

  • $641.61

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Yabure-Kikkou Signature:井上英周(Inoue Eisyu) Age:EDO period, the second year of Keiou era(1866) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with small two holes. Some turtles’ shells are engraved irregularly and inlaid with gold on each side. This type of pattern is called “Yabure Kikkou” in Japanese. As turtle is the symbol of longevity, Kikkou pattern represents same thing, and good match also. This Tsuba’s edge was hit by the hummer therefore it looks thick, this type of edge decoration is called “Uchikaeshi Mimi” in Japanese. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known…

  • $0.00

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Echizen-style, Baiju Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba irregular shape with Japanese apricot. Its tree is called “Baiju” in Japanse. The tree and its flowers are engraved by the openwork. 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. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.1cm×6.8cm 0.5cm 3.2cm×1.0cm 116g   T000097  

  • $45.83

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Tadahiro Signature:忠廣(Tadahiro) Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners style with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. You can find its creator’s name on the front. Shoami school worked for Ashikaga Shogunate family as smiths. 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 cut into these dents. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.0cm×6.5cm 0.5cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 160g  …

  • $421.63

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Kouhone Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Kouhone is a perennial herb which is similar to water lily. And the winding lines represent the current of water. This Tsuba describes that Kouhone bloomed and we can see its flowers on the water. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.3cm×7.5cm 0.4cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 118g   T000092  

  • $229.15

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Coming Spring Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners trapezoid shape(Aori Gata) with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Japanese apricot trees are engraved by piling, this technique is called “Takabori” in Japanese. People appriciate its adorable petal shape, scent and characteristic branches. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality or prosperity of future generations. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.1cm×7.6cm 0.5cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 162g   T000091  

  • $229.15

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Umetada-style, Shi Houkou Sukasi Tsuba Signature:埋忠(Umetada) Age:EDO period, Genroku era(1688-1704) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. Four holes which are look like Mokkou shape are engraved by Sukashi Bori(openwork) technique symmetrically. Nakagoana is surrounded by serrated iron openwork. It’s said that Umetada family worked for Ashikaga family, and they were engaged in metalwork or maintenance of sword.    Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.8cm×6.4cm 0.4cm 3.2cm×0.8cm 78g   T000090

  • $504.12

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heianjo-style, Chinese Phoenixes Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Chinese phoenix is the mythical animal which originally came from China, and it’s called “Hou ou” in Japanese. It’s said that it looks like peacocks or peahens. Hou is male and ou is female, they’re a pair of male and female. Chinese phoenixes are engraved on both sides. It’s popular that these birds have been being used as a decoration or symbol even in myths especially in East Asia countries. It’s said that Houou appears only when a brilliant Emperor was born,…

  • $458.29

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Owari-style, Japanese Apricot Blossoms Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. The flowering of plum 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. Owari-style Tsuba is famous for openwork Tsuba, which is called “Owari Sukashi Tsuba” in Japanese. Many weapons were producted in Owari area(Aichi Pref.) in the Warring States period(1232-1603). Owari Sukashi Tsuba typically has circle shape with symmetry design. Flowers, plants or family crests were often used as patterns for Owari-style, but…

  • $183.32

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, Peony Hedge and A Bird Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period, Bakumatsu(1853-1868) Material: Shakudou(mixture of copper and gold) A Shakudou Tsuba Mokkou shape with a KODUKA hole. It’s 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. A bird rests at the hedge where peony flowers are in bloom. Peony flower represents happiness, wealth or perpetual youth and longevity. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.0cm×6.2cm 0.3cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 105g   T000087  

  • $366.63

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Big Trees and Wild Gooses Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Big trees and four wild gooses are engraved by the openwork. Wild goose is a migratory bird and a symbol of fall. Its pattern is called “Kari Mon” or “Karigane Mon” in Japanese, and somtimes used for family crests. This bird is engraved to Tsuba not only realistic but also abstract design like this Tsuba.  Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.7cm×7.4cm 0.5cm 3.0cm×1.1cm 98g   T000086