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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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    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Shoami-style, The Butterfly and The Mantis Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with a KODUKA hole. A butterfly and a mantis are engraved and inlaid with gold. Their dynamic movements are expressed in harmony with circle shape. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.1cm×6.8cm 0.4cm 2.5cm×0.6cm 80g   T000084  

  • $274.93

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: The Dragonfly and Chrysanthemums Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: 四分一(Shibuichi, mixture of silver and copper) A Shibuichi Tsuba Mokkou shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A dragonfly and Chrysanthemums are engraved by “Katagiri Bori” technique on the front, and Japanese apricot is engraved on its back side. This technique makes lines with smooth strokes of one’s brush. Shibuichi contains 25% silver, therefore this Tsuba has silvery gray color. Chrysanthemum pattern is one of the most popular designs among Japanese people. As its petals form radially, it’s linked to the Sun. Chrysanthemum represents the eternal youth, the longevity or good health.Lots of samurai loved…

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    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sakai Family Crest Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba irregular shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Its edge and family crests are inlaid with silver. This family crest is Sakai Hudai Daimyo family in Mikawa area(East side of Aichi Pref.), Daimyo means a Japanese feudal load. This Tsuba’s  shape is called “Otahuku Gata” in Japanese. Otahuku is a type of face shape for female, a face with chubby cheeks. It’s a traditional prototype of beauty in Japan. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.4cm×7.8cm 0.65cm 3.0cm×0.9cm 260g   T000078  

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    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Japanese Wisterias and The Waterwheel Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period, Bakumatsu(1853-1868) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Three Japanese wisterias and a waterwheel are engraved by openwork. A bunch of Japanese wisterias looks similar to ears of rice, so that this flower had been prized for the prayer for good crop of rice. Also, it was believed that this flower grants the wish for immortality. Waterwheel pattern was often used in Edo period for Kosode(a kind of Japanese traditional costume).   Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 7.7cm×7.7cm 0.6cm 2.5cm×0.8cm 100g   T000076  

  • $714.81

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: The Pine Tree and The Hawk Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper A copper Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. A hawk stays on a branch of the pine tree, looks like he is seeking some foods. Hawks are very smart so that Samurai enjoyed the falconry, and even some members of the Royal family used to do it in the past. Therefore, the falconry was the symbol of authority of rulers. During the warring period, boys were expected to become excellent Samurai. Hawks were connected with Samurai as the symbol of promotion or authoruty. That’s why Samurai loved this pattern.  …

  • $1,008.06

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ko-Kinko-style, Waves and Seashells Signature:NO SIGNED Age:before MUROMACHI period Material: 山銅地(Yamagane-ji), mixture of copper and some impurities A copper Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Waves and seashells are engraved on each side, and some seashells are inlaid with gold. Seashells pattern was often engraved with waves. Especially, clam fits only with its pair shell, so clam pattern represents happy marriage. It looks like we can smell the sea breeze and hear its sound too. Its edge is covered with a sheet metal of Yamagane, this type of decoration is called “Hukurin” in Japanese. This Tsuba is recognized by…

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    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Mito-style, Taikoubou Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Copper An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with a KODUKA hole. Ryo Syou was a tactician in China about 11th Century B.C. He is generally known as Taikoubou. His anecdote about fishing is well-known. Therefore, the word “Taikoubou” is sometimes being used as pronoun of fisher in Japan. He is also famous as a character in the popular novel “Houshin-Engi”. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.8cm×6.5cm 0.5cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 165g   T000070  

  • $1,832.84

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Hikone-style, Ujigawa Battle Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA & KOUGAI holes. Characters, clouds and plants are inlaid with gold elaborately. This Tsuba describes  one of very famous battles in late Heian period(1094-1086) in Japan. It’s called Ujigawa battle and it happened in 1184. This battle was about Minamoto no Noriyori and Minamoto no Yoshitsune trying defeat Yoshinaka Kiso by following the order by Minamoto no Yoritomo(the first Shogun of Kamakura period). Eventually Yoshinaka Kiso lost the battle, and Minamoto no Yoritomo was ordered to beat Heike (Taira family) by the then emperor. This Tsuba looks…

  • $1,832.84

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: the Cloud and the Dragon Signature:寿寛(Toshihiro) Age:EDO period, Genroku Era(1688-1704) Material: Brass A brass Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A dragon appears through the clouds. Its dragon is engraved by the technique which is called “Takabori” in Japanese. Dragon is a mythical animal and it rises high up into the sky. Therefore, dragon pattern represents glory or developpement. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.4cm×7.1cm 0.5cm 2.5cm×0.7cm 167g   T000067  

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    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Nanban-style, Dragons and Treasures Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Dragons and treasures are inlaid with silver. The back side is decorated with lots of treasure motifs, this pattern is called “Takara Dukushi” in Japanese. Takara Dukushi pattern, each item is the symbol of lucky omen. Dragon is a mythical animal and it rises high up into the sky. Therefore, dragon pattern represents glory or developpement. Nanban Tsuba is basically circle shape or Mokkou shape. Dragons, foreign letters or arabesque designs are often engraved and inlaid with gold or silver on the thin…

  • $1,649.56

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Gamatekkai Sennin Zu Signature:春忠(Harutada) Age:Edo period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corner shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. This Tsuba describes a famous theme which was named “Gamatekkai Sennin Zu” in Japanese. Sennin means mountain hermit and Zu means picture. Gama Sennin and Tekkai Sennin are engraved by Sukidashi Takabori technique. According to one explanation, Gama Sennin used witchcrafts with toad and Tekkai Sennin could exhale himself into the air. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.0cm×7.5cm 0.45cm 2.9cm×0.8cm 140g   T000180  

  • $733.14

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Samurai Arms Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Some Samurai arms such as a helmet, a saddle or strrups, were left in the open. This Tsuba describes a scene after battles. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.2cm×7.5cm 0.4cm 2.9cm×0.7cm 138g   T000044  

  • $183.28

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Landscape Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba Mokkou-Gata shape with a KODUKA 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. The man putting on a sedge hat looks like he is missing his homeland standing still in the nature. This Tsuba has the nostalgic atmosphere.  Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.9cm×6.6cm 0.2cm 2.5cm×0.5cm 90g   T000037  

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    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: The Wise Man Signature:乗意(Joi) Age:EDO period Material: Copper A copper Tsuba oval shape with a KODUKA hole. A wise man riding his horse is engraved and inlaid with gold and silver. Also, the bamboo forest is designed on the back side. Joi(1701-1761) was a pupil of Toshinaga Nara. He became a famous Tsuba creator, one of the Nara-Sansaku. Nara-Sansaku means three most famed Tsuba creators of Nara school. He succeeded the new sculpture technique which is called “Shishiai-Bori”, and he inspired many creators. He was good at a detailed sculpture by using this technique. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 6.8cm×6.3cm 0.4cm 3.0cm×0.8cm 109g  …

  • $2,107.77

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sangokushi Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba oval shape with a KOUGAI hole. Please enjoy its beautiful gold and silver inlay on each side. The Records of the Three Kingdoms is known as “Sangokushi”, its original was written by Chen Shou and published in 3rd century. These three countries are Gi, Go and Shoku. They struggled for supremacy between them. It’s a historical book which telles the history of the late Easten Han dynasty(180-220) and the Three Kingdoms period(220-280) in China. It became popular with folks as narrative. Rakanchu and some other writers arranged it by adding some…

  • $577.35

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Heianjo-style, Small Holls Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Its rim is covered with the sheet metal therefore a bit thick, this type of edge decoration is called “Hukurin” in Japanese. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 7.3cm×7.1cm 0.8cm 2.3cm×0.7cm 174g   T000012  

  • $174.12

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Higo-style, Maples Signature:NO SIGNED Age:EDO period, Bakumatsu(1853-1868) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Flowing small leaves are Aoi(hollyhock leaves), it’s inlaid with gold as maples. This plant pattern was used as the family crest of Tokugawa Shogunate Family. Do you know what Shogun means? In Samurai’s society, the top of Samurai who ruled the entire Japan was called Shogun. Higo Tsuba has made progress in Kumamoto prefecture mainly. It’s popular for iron Tsuba with openwork and gold inlay.  Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 8.0cm×7.5cm 0.3cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 122g   T000008  

  • $778.96

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Hikone-style, Oni and the Starving Ghost  Signature:NO SIGNED Age:middle of EDO period(1681-1780) Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. An oni and a starving ghost are engraved. Oni is a monster in Japan which has human body, horns and fangs, usually harmful to people but sometimes helpful. This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK. Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight 8.3cm×8.2cm 0.5cm 2.9cm×0.7cm 149g   T000002  

  • $1,539.59

    Certificate: NBTHK Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Sanko no Rei Signature:金原源政章(Kinbara Minamotono Masaaki) Age:EDO period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba sloping four corners shape with a KODUKA hole. “Sanko no Rei” is one of the sayings and phrases. Meaning, one’s superior or elder goes to their subordinate or junior even three times for asking. Characters and landscape are engraved by “Sukidashi Takabori” technique. Its type of edge 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 6.8cm×6.5cm 0.3cm 2.7cm×0.8cm 100g   T000119  

  • $302.42

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Title: Ko Toushou Tsuba, Circles Signature:NO SIGNED Age:Muromachi period Material: Iron An Iron Tsuba circle shape with two holes which were engraved by openwork. It’s said that Toushou tsuba was created by sword smits(刀匠:Toushou in Japanese) when they produced swords, but there are several theories about it. These Tsuba especially which was made in Muromachi period, is called Ko Toushou Tsuba. This Tsuba’s edge is coverd with metal sheet and this type of decoration was named “Hukurin” in Japanese. Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight 10.2cm×10.0cm 0.4cm 3.0cm×0.8cm 88g   T000058