Habaki – Katana Blade Collar
There are two things Katana Habaki is known for: it is the anchor for the Tsuka (sword handle), Seppa and Tsuba. The Habaki is mounted over the sword tang and stops the notches from hurting the owners. This Katana part also forms the tapered friction point where it holds the blade in the scabbard (Saya). We offer a variety of Habaki designs that you can use on your custom sword. The Habaki forms a tight holding of the blade when inserted inside the scabbard.
Samurai during battles had to move a lot, and Whether he is riding on top of his horse or walking, there is a need to secure the sword in place. Katana Habaki enters the picture. This is wedge shaped piece of metal collar that secures the sword blade. The tapered shape of this part allows the sword to snuggly seat on the opening of the scabbard, leaving the user to freely move. most of our Habaki collection are made of brass. However; some are made of copper. Those are the wisest choice since those materials are soft and can easily adapt to the shape of the blade without scratching the steel surface.
Kinds of Katana Habaki
During the time, Habaki has been made in many styles, shapes and materials, among those are the following:
Brass with bump design
Copper with or without markings. Some designs have two separate lines
Partial Rain covered pattern
Full rain pattern. This is one of the basic designs
Shakudo. This is an example of two piece
Two piece with different designs on each section
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Habaki is considered as the cornerstone of swords. Most of the time the most eye catching designs are those that are handmade and fits the blade perfectly. When it comes to manufacturing a traditionally made part like this, the craftsman bends a flat piece of copper/brass around the blade and secured where the two ends meet at the cutting edge area. Choose the design that will compliment your sword and it will add a lot to the overall appearance.