Katana & Wakizashi Daisho Koshirae for Samurai Sword (Koshirae-07)
These Tsubas’ shapes are categorized Aoi-Gata Tsuba. Aoi is the Japanese name of a plant. One of the most famous Samurais, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who opened the Edo Shogunate, used this plant motif for his family crest. If you focus on the corners of this Tsuba, you will find four heat marks. It is called the Inome (猪の目, boar’s eyes) pattern. In Japan, this design has been used since ancient times. Some people believed that the Inome design would work as an amulet to protect them from evil spirits or fire. Also, it is said it would bring good luck. Today, this pattern is often found in traditional Japanese architectures such as shrines or temples and used Gegyo (懸魚, decoration under the roof, where the roof is jointed) or metal fittings for hiding timber joints.
The Kiri (桐, paulownia) pattern is designed and colored with golden metal. This plant is composed of three standing straight inflorescences and three leaves. The number of flowers that are blooming at each inflorescence means the ranks of this design. The type of Kiri motif of these Tsubas is called the Gosan-no Kiri (五三の桐). It is famous that one of the most popular Samurais in Japan: Toyotomi Hideyoshi used the Kiri pattern for his family crest. According to a theory, Hideyoshi used Omodaka (沢瀉, arrowhead) pattern as his family crest. However, Oda Nobunaga, a well-known military commander in the Warring States period, permitted Hideyoshi to use the Kiri design. This plant pattern was once used by the imperial family and national leaders of the time. Today, this plant pattern is used as the crest of the Japanese Government.
Scabbards are painted with an elegant black color.
Handles are covered with stingray skin to reinforce the handle and not slip when its owner holds it. The black thread includes the grips with the Hishi-Maki technique, a kind of Tsukamaki method.
The surface of these Fuchi Kashiras has been decorated with the Nanako-Ji (魚子地) technique. By hitting with the Nanako-Ji Tagane (魚子地鏨, chisel used for this technique), it makes delicate fish egg-shaped protrusions and shows us the maker’s expert skill. Also, these Fuchi Kashiras are bordered by golden lines. It gives gorgeousness and tightens the entire design.
These Menukis motifs are Samurai-related items. For example, you would find the Kabuto (兜, Samurai helmet), sword, a bow, and arrow. The bow and arrows were once classical primary weapons for Samurai. So we could imagine that this motif reminded them of battlefields.
Also, as an arrow goes straight forward, many Samurais loved the arrow pattern because of its fearlessness.
Additionally, each home displayed decorated arrows wishing that it would exorcize evil spirits in the house. This talisman is called Hamaya (破魔矢) in Japanese, and this custom is still kept today. Samurai helmet and sword, these are also the equipment for battles. Samurais might have chosen these motifs wishing success in life as a warrior.
Kozuka is the small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu (groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword). Initially, Samurai used it for cutting wood or attacking enemies in an emergency. This Kozuka is put into the Wakizashi’s scabbard. Many Tsubas (handguards) have two holes to put Kozuka and Kougai (equipment used as a comb or chopsticks) 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. It is said that Kozuka was used as a craft knife rather than a weapon.
Same as Menukis, this Kozuka is also decorated with the Samurai’s weapon, a Japanese sword. Even the intricate parts of sword mountings are depicted carefully. We hope you would enjoy such details too.
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