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Antique Tsuba
for Samurai Sword
with NBTHK Hozon Certificate (T-219)


Certificate: NBTHK

Made in Japan
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Title: Ko Kinko-style, Budou Risu Sukashi

Signature: NO SIGNED
Age: Edo period
Material: 赤銅 (Shakudou, the mixture of copper and gold)

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
6.6cm×6.4cm 0.4cm 2.4cm×0.8cm 90g

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Title: Ko Kinko-style, Budou Risu Sukashi

 Shakudou Tsuba with two holes

 Shakudou contains copper and a little amount of gold, so it creates a glossy purplish-black color. Its base was hit by Tagane chisel for metalworking), and it makes a rough surface that seems stone. This type of surface is called Ishime Ji. Its edge is covered with silver and engraved rope pattern. A squirrel and a bunch of grape are designed on this Tsuba. Each fur of a squirrel or the veins of leaves is finely carved. You would enjoy its elaborate engraving techniques. 

 As grapes have lots of fruits, it is regarded as a symbol of fertility, abundant harvest, and longevity. The squirrel looks similar to the mouse; therefore, it represents the prosperity of future generations. Budou means grape, and Risu means squirrel. In Japanese, there is another word Budou which means martial arts. Also, there is a verb that is pronounced Rissu. It means to regulate something. As Budou and Risu have the same (or similar) pronunciation of these words, it is considered that grape and squirrel patterns share some underlying ideas with Bushido (Japanese chivalry). That is why many Samurai appreciated the combination of grape and squirrel patterns. 

 This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK.

What is Tsuba?
 Tsuba is the hand-guard of the Japanese sword. High-class Samurai wore his katana sword with its beautiful sword mountings such as Tsuba. The front design of Tsuba tends to be more decorative as this part was often seen by other Samurais when he was walking on the streets.

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.

About us
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on. 

Payment method
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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.

How to make sure the condition
 We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

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