Tag Archives: Katana Parts

Saya

Saya is the term that simply refers to Japanese sword or knife scabbard. Generally the scabbard is made of lightweight material like wood and coated with lacquer on its exterior. When taking out the sword from the scabbard take it [Read More...]

Seppa

Seppa are washers that are used and located in front and behind the tsuba. This part is use to tighten the fittings of the sword. Katana Seppa is more than just a decorative accessory. This can be ornate or plain [Read More...]

Kashira

The simplest description for Kashira, would have to be a butt cap or pommel found on the end of the tsuka. Fuchi Kashira can be part of a Katana. These part are functional and vital for the handle of the [Read More...]

Tsuba

One of the most important parts of the Katana has got to be the Tsuba. This Katana part protects the hand of the sword owner from sliding into the blade. There are actually different kinds of tsuba that potential owners [Read More...]

Koiguchi

Katana Koiguchi is the mouth of the saya or its traditionally made buffalo horn. Kuchi in Japanese language means mouth. Aikuchi means the mounting style where the Fuchi meets the Koiguchi. This part and the Kojiri are made from buffalo [Read More...]

Shitodome

The Kurigata or Kurikata is a part of the Saya that has a hole. This is where the Sageo passes through so that the swordsman can wear his sword. The Shitodome is the decorative metal mounted that fits inside the [Read More...]

Kojiri

Kojiri can be found on the end of the Saya that protects this Katana part. Katana Kojiri is traditionally made of buffalo horn. Sometimes this can be made of metal. Katana Kojiri is the horn part use when assembling a [Read More...]

Habaki

There are two things Katana Habaki is known for: it is the anchor for the Tsuka or sword handle, seppa and tsuba. Habaki is mounted over the sword tang and stops the notches from hurting the owners. This Katana part [Read More...]

Fuchi

Fuchi is the hilt resembling a cap type collar that lies between the tsuka and tsuba. This covers the opening in the tsuka of a Japanese sword. Even the tang of a sword goes into the tsuka through the opening [Read More...]

Menuki

Menuki refers to the ornamentation found on the tsuka. This is the part under the tsuka-ito. Originally this part was used to hide the Mekugi. This ornamental part is found on Katana and Wakizashi handle wrap. This fits the palm [Read More...]

Tsuka

The tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword. This is divided into the Menuki or Samegawa. Menuki are ornaments on the tsuka while Samegawa is the ray skin that covers the handle. Traditional wrappings are referred to as Tsuka-ito. [Read More...]

Mekugi

Katana has three Mekugi or simply known as pegs. These are usually made of bamboo pins. Extra pegs can be a good way to strengthen the sword handle. Secure the tsuka to the Nakago. Swords use in martial arts it [Read More...]

Ito

Ito is commonly referred to as Tsuka-Ito which simply means handle wrapping or handle cord. Its main purpose is both aesthetic and functional. Katana Ito reinforces the tsuka and prevents techanical failure when using the sword. Hishigame is an important [Read More...]

Sageo

Before learning the process of tying Sageo Ito or the braided cord that extends from the Kurikata knob onto the saya it would be better to get to know what Katana Sageo is. Saya Sageo is either made of silk, [Read More...]

Kurikata

Kurikata is the knob attached to the scabbard of a Japanese sword. The Sageo or cord that secures the Saya of the sword goes through a hole found on this Katana Kurikata. Kurikata placement varies however, it is never done [Read More...]

Samegawa

The most sought after Katana Samegawa is made of high grade ray skin. Even if this measures 26 inches on average each skin is unique and surprisingly affordable. Samegawa is also known as Same-Kawa. This wraps the tsuka or handle/hilt. [Read More...]