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Iaito & Shinken Fuchi & Kashira

About our Fuchi/Kashira lineup

The Fuchi (縁) is a hilt collar between the tsuka and the tsuba. It serves as a reinforcment for the Tsuka (handle). The tang of the sword goes into the tsuka through the opening in the fuchi.
The Kashira (頭) is a pommel on the end of the tsuka, which serves, similarly to the Fuchi, as reinforcement for the Tsuka (handle). It usually features a hole that is used to secure the tsukaito (wrapping). Some kashira, and notably Suigyu (water buffalo) made Kashira do not have a hole, which forces to slightly change how the maki (wrapping) is done.

As other pieces and components of the sword mounting, the Fuchi and Kashira used to be simple and plain, but became thoroughly decorated and worked during the Edo period, developing into decorative ornaments over time.
Fuchi and Kashira design have two main features: the shape and the engraved design. Although many kind of shapes exist, the two most common shapes are "Jidai" and "Higo". Jidai that could be translated as "classic" refer to a flat Kashira, and Higo, which was an ancient province of South Japan, refer to a rounded Kashira (which was typical of Higo swords).
Note that the Tsuka length is measured from the tip of the Kashira, which makes the Tsuka length slightly vary depending on the Kashira shape.
Fuchi and Kashira come in pair and their design is usually (almost always) are based on the same thematic.

All models are, of course, entirely handmade in Japan.

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  • Hiranami Fuchi/Kashira - K001

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Sea waves
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tsurukame Fuchi/Kashira - K002

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 40 mm x 23 mm x 14 mm
    Kashira: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 19 mm x 10 mm
    Design: Cranes & turtles
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kago Fuchi/Kashira - K004

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Woven bamboo pattern
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Copper Plated Brass
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Menbo Fuchi/Kashira - K005

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 40.5 mm x 22 mm x 14 mm
    Kashira: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 19 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Samurai armor and mask
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ishime Fuchi/Kashira - K006

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 41.5 mm x 23 mm x 13 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 38 mm x 18.5 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Stony/grainy pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Inaho Fuchi/Kashira - K008

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated copper with gold gilding - 40 mm x 23 mm x 13.5 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated copper with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 19 mm x 10.5 mm
    Design: Ear of rice
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tora Fuchi/Kashira - K009

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 40 mm x 23 mm x 10.5 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 18 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Tiger
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Suisen Fuchi/Kashira - K010

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 40.5 mm x 22.5 mm x 14 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 38 mm x 19 mm x 10 mm
    Design: Narcissus
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kachimushi Fuchi/Kashira - K011

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold & silver gliding - 41.5 mm x 24 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold & silver gliding - 37 mm x 19.5 mm x 9.5 mm
    Design: Dragonfly
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Muji Kanagurigata Fuchi/Kashira - K-013

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Blackened Brass
    Fuchi: 39 mm x 22 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: 34 mm x 16 mm x 15 mm
    Design: Special "big hole" shaped Kashira (for offensive purposes)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kumo Fuchi/Kashira - K014

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 41 mm x 23 mm x 14 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 37 mm x 19 mm x 12.5 mm
    Design: Cloud
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tengu Fuchi/Kashira - K015

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 40 mm x 24 mm x 13 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 36 mm x 19 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Tengu (mythical creature)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Soten Fuchi/Kashira - K016

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated copper - 40.5 mm x 24 mm x 13.5 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated copper - 35.5 mm x 18 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Famous swordsmith of the Omi province (Edo period)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Akikusa Fuchi/Kashira - K017

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold & silver gliding - 41 mm x 24 mm x 11 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold & silver gliding - 34.5 mm x 17.5 mm x 8 mm
    Design: Plants which flower in fall
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Yasurime Fuchi/Kashira - K019

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 43 mm x 23 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 40 mm x 19.5 mm x 10 mm
    Design: Filled metal pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ebi Fuchi/Kashira - K020

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 40 mm x 22.5 mm x 10.5 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 36 mm x 16.5 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Prawn
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kabutobachi Fuchi/Kashira - K022

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 40.5 mm x 24 mm x 11 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 36.5 mm x 20.5 mm x 10.5 mm
    Design: Bowl in the shape of a Samurai helmet
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Minoryu Fuchi/Kashira - K023

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 38 mm x 21 mm x 9 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 36 mm x 19.5 mm x 10 mm
    Design: Mino's Dragon (Japanese province)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Shiranami Fuchi/Kashira - K024

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 40 mm x 22 mm x 9.5 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 36 mm x 16.5 mm x 13.5 mm
    Design: Higo rounded shape, white-crested waves
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hishotsuru Fuchi/Kashira - K025

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 41 mm x 22.5 mm x 11.5 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 17.5 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Flying crane
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Fuchi/Kashira - K027

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 40.5 mm x 22.5 mm x 13 mm
    Kashira: Blackened copper with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 18 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Flying dragon
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Higo Ishime Fuchi/Kashira - K028

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 42 mm x 2.5 mm x 13 mm
    Kashira: 39 mm x 18.5 mm x 18.5 mm
    Design: Higo rounded shape, grainy pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Higo Iwame Fuchi/Kashira - K030

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 40 mm x 22.5 mm x 9 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 35.5 mm x 16.5 mm x 12.5 mm
    Design: Higo rounded shape, stony pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hotaru Fuchi/Kashira - K031

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 42.5 mm x 25 mm x 12.5 mm
    Kashira: Copper plated brass, blackened, with gold gilding - 36 mm x 18 mm x 6.5 mm
    Design: Fireflies
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Bonji Fuchi/Kashira - K032

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Sanskrit letter that represents all gods (Buddha and Kami)
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Satsuma Chidori Fuchi/Kashira - K033

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 42 mm x 23.5 mm x 17.5 mm
    Kashira: 39 mm x 18.5 mm x 13 mm
    Design: Satsuma plover and wave pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Doto Fuchi/Kashira - K034

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Surging waves
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Zuiun ni Ryu Fuchi/Kashira - K035

    ¥19,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 42.5 mm x 23.5 mm x 11 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 37 mm x 17.5 mm x 9.5 mm
    Design: Auspicious clouds & dragon
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Musha Fuchi/Kashira - K036

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Blackened copper - 40 mm x 22 mm x 14 mm
    Kashira: Blackened copper - 35.5 mm x 18.5 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Warriors
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sakura Higo Fuchi/Kashira - K037

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Higo rounded shape, cherry blossom
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mizudori Fuchi/Kashira - K038

    ¥10,500

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated copper with gold gilding - 40.5 mm x 23 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated copper with gold gilding - 35.5 mm x 18.5 mm x 10.5 mm
    Design: Waterfowl (water birds)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tessen Karakusa Fuchi/Kashira - K039

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Copper or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 40 mm x 22 mm x 12.5 mm
    Kashira: 37 mm x 19 mm x 12 mm
    Design: Clematis flowers in an arabesques pattern.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tombo Fuchi/Kashira - K041

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 40.5 mm x 22.5 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: 36.5 mm x 17.5 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Dragonfly
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Niju Yamaji Fuchi/Kashira - K045

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Design: Higo rounded shape, double mountain path.
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    This model is available in available in small and standard sizes.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hiranami Higo Fuchi/Kashira - K048

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Fuchi: Silver plated brass - 40 mm x 22.5 mm x 13 mm
    Kashira: Silver plated brass - 38 mm x 16.5 mm x 24 mm
    Design: Higo rounded shape, sea waves
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hachi no Su Fuchi/Kashira - K051

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 40 mm x 21.5 mm x 11.5 mm
    Kashira: 36 mm x 17.5 mm x 11.5 mm
    Design: Higo rounded shape, honeycomb pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Matoya Fuchi/Kashira - K052

    ¥21,000 ~ ¥29,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass or Solid Silver or Copper Plated Brass
    Fuchi: 40 mm x 22 mm x 12 mm
    Kashira: 36 mm x 17 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Target & arrow
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Gemon Fuchi/Kashira - K053

    ¥21,000

    Made in Japan
    Materials: Silver Plated Brass, with or without Gold Gilding
    Fuchi: 40 mm x 23.5 mm x 15.5 mm
    Kashira: 36 mm x 21 mm x 20 mm
    Design: A Shinshu buddhist proverb saying that true Dharma is lawless
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
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