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Antique Kozuka and Menuki for Samurai Sword(KM-1)

$839.51

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Title: Kabuto and Tachi

Signature:NO SIGNED
Age:Edo period
Material: Shakudo (mixture of copper and gold)

Kozuka and Menuki made of Shakudo. Shakudo contains copper and a little amount of gold so that it makes purplish black color. This item is the combination of Kozuka and Menuki. Some parts are decorated with gold elaborately and it gives luxury looks. There is a crack on the Kozuka.

During the worring period, men were expected to become strong Samurai. For that reason, it’s important to be in a good health condition always. It’s believed that Kabuto (worrior’s helmet) will protect them from evil spirits or misfortune. And, as only high-ranked Samurais could wear gorgeous helmets, this motif symbolizes the wish for promotions. Kabuto pattern is often found for Kimono (Japanese traditional costume) of boys.

Tachi is a type of Japanese sword. According to a theory, many Samurai appreciated to use weapons motifs as the decoration of their swords by the reason of hope to be the ruler of a country. This Kozuka and Menuki might represent its owner’s big ambition as Samurai.

(Kozuka)

Size Thickness Weight
21.4cm×1.4cm 0.7cm 38.0g

(Menuki A)

Size Thickness Weight
1.5cm×7.7cm 0.7cm 8.5g

(Menuki B)

Size Thickness Weight
1.5cm×7.8cm 0.7cm 8.5g

 

 

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SKU: KM-1 兜と太刀二所 Categories: , ,

Title: Kabuto and Tachi

What is Kozuka?
Kozuka is the small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu (groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword). Many Tsubas (handguard) have two holes to put Kozuka and Kougai (equipment for appearance) next to Nakagoana (a hole of the Tsuba to put sword), so that Samurai didn’t need to draw his sword out of the scabbard when he wanted to use Kozuka or Kougai. Initially, Samurai used it for cutting wood or attacking enemies in an emergency. It is said that Kozuka was used as a craft knife rather than a weapon.
The decorative designs of Kozuka were more emphasized than its practical use in the Edo period when Samurai society enjoyed one of the most peaceful times. And there were many ornamental Kozuka and Kougai created by Japanese metalworkers.

What is Menuki?
Menuki is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which was initially put into the hole of the handle. It covers Mekugi (nail) so that the blade of a sword will be fixed. Originally, Menuki was used to hold Mekugi, but they became separated over time. And then, Menuki had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.
Menuki became more decorative from the early modern times. Since it had been attached under the Tsukamaki (the handle of the Japanese sword wrapped by thread), Menuki played an essential role in making it easier to grip the handle of the 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 (Fuchi Kashira). 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.


Kozuka

Menuki A

Menuki B

Would you like see some more Kozuka for sale? Please check the link below.We hope you can find your favorite Kozuka.
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product-category/decorations/koduka/

Would you like see some more Menuki for sale? Please check the link below. We hope you can find your favorite Menuki.
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product-category/decorations/menuki/

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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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