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Antique Fuchigashira for Samurai Sword(F-4)


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Title: Ishiguro-style, Mandarin Ducks on Japanese Apricot

Signature:石黒政明(Ishiguro Msaaki)
Age: Edo period, Tenpou era(1831-1845)
Material: Copper

This Fuchigashira was made of copper. Masaaki Ishiguro was a pupil of Masatsune Ishiguro, who opened Ishiguro school. Ishiguro school became famous metalwork school and they were typically good at flowers and birds designs. Its creator’s name, Masaaki,  is engraved on the side of Fuchi. Two birds that stay on Japanese apricot trees are designed on this Fuchigashira. These birds might be mandarin ducks. Male of madarin ducks has bright red color so people appreciate their catchy appearance. This bird pattern represents happy marriage and has been used not only for sword mountings but also Kimono(traditional Japanese costume) or furniture. The flowering of Japanese apricot blossoms announces the arrival of spring. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality or prosperity of future generations.


Size Thickness Weight
1.8cm×3.8cm 0.15cm 20g


Size Thickness Weight
1.8cm×3.3cm 0.15cm 14g




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SKU: F-4 Categories: ,

Title: Ishiguro-style, Mandarin Ducks on Japanese Apricot

What is Fuchigashira?
Fuchigashira is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which improves the strength of the handle. Fuchigashira is a combination of two parts; Fuchi and Kashira. Fuchi was put next to Tsuba(hand-guard), and Kashira was put on the bottle of the grip. Fuchigashira had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.

Why is it that the sword mounting was important for Samurai?
The sword mountings of the Japanese sword have many kinds of decorations such as handguards(Tsuba), sword hilt(Menuki), pommel(Fuchigashira). The Japanese sword not only worked as a weapon but also as an object to show who he was. 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 the 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 the 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.

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Shipping Duration
We ship via EMS(Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order.
It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.

*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.

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