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Iaito & Shinken Menuki

About our Menuki lineup

The Menuki (目貫) are ornaments on the tsuka to fit into the palm for grip and originally meant to distract the eyes from the mekugi (peg).
It is generally placed under the wrapping, but may also appear over the wrapping, especially with a Ikkan-maki or Hira-maki wrapping style.
Several thousands of designs have been created over the centuries. It is considered as jewelery and as such, inspired many craftsmen. Shinken custom made Menuki can cost as much as several thousand dollars for the more refined pieces.

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

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  • Hishi Menuki - MM001

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 15 mm x 34 mm
    Design: Caltrop, also called "devil pod", an aquatic plant.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sake Menuki - MM002

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 14 mm x 45 mm
    Design: Chum salmon. Sake symbolizes luck and was a very common offering to the gods.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenmakiryu Menuki - MM003

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 09 mm x 68 mm
    Design: Dragon wrapped around a sword.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tombo Menuki - MM004

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 13 mm x 39 mm
    Design: Dragonfly. The dragonfly, or Tombo in Japanese is also called "Kachi Muchi", insect of victory.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sakura Menuki - MM005

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 11 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Cherry blossom, the luminous and beautiful yet fleeting and ephemeral Japanese cherry tree flower.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Sho Menuki - MM006

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 38 mm
    Design: Small dragon. It is similar to the bigger version.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Dai Menuki - MM007

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 53 mm
    Design: Big dragon. It is similar to the smaller version.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tsukushi Menuki - MM008

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 06 mm x 58 mm
    Design: Horsetail, or Equisetum for its scientific name.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Botan Menuki - MM009

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 12 mm x 54 mm
    Design: Peony flower.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hitsuji Menuki - MM010

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 27 mm
    Design: Lamb, symbol of peace and well-being.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenkatabami Menuki - MM011

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Bronze
    Size: 16 mm x 49 mm
    Design: "Maru ni Kenkatabami" Kamon. This Japanese crest was very popular among the samurai class and was adopted by many clans.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mukade Menuki - MM012

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 52 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Mukade, a rather huge Japanese centipede.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kuyomon Menuki - MM013

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Bronze
    Size: 15 mm x 45 mm
    Design: 9 planets in the buddhism cosmogony.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ebi Menuki - MM014

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 11 mm x 7 mm
    Design: Prawn. Its popularity comes from its symbolism of vigor and longevity.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kiku Suisen Menuki - M001

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 13 mm x 38 mm x 3 mm
    Ura: 14 mm x 37 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Chrysantemum & Narcissus flowers
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ume Menuki - M002

    ¥6,000 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 12 mm x 42 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 12 mm x 42 mm x 3 mm
    Design: Japanese apricot tree, or Prunus mume
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sansho Menuki - M003

    ¥2,400 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated alloy or Solid silver
    Omote: 13.5 mm x 39 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 13.5 mm x 40 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Japanese pepper tree
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namazu Menuki - M004

    ¥6,000 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 11.5 mm x 34 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 10 mm x 32 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Namazu, the mythical catfish
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namazu ni Hyotan Menuki - M005

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 14.5 mm x 35.5 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 13 mm x 36 mm x 4.5 mm
    Design: Namazu, the mythical catfish & calabash (gourd)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kasa Menuki - M006

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 12 mm x 39 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 12 mm x 39 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Umbrellas
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kamakiri Menuki - M007

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 17 mm x 40 mm x 3.5 mm
    Ura: 17.5 mm x 42 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Praying mantis
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hachi Menuki - M008

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Copper plated alloy or Gold plated alloy
    Omote: 16 mm x 30 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 15 mm x 34.5 mm x 4.5 mm
    Design: Bee
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Inaho ni Suzume Menuki - M009

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 13 mm x 38 mm x 5 mm
    Ura: 13 mm x 37 mm x 5 mm
    Design: Ears of rice & sparrow
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Takezasa Menuki - M010

    ¥6,000 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 14 mm x 38.5 mm x 3 mm
    Ura: 13 mm x 38.5 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Bamboo grass
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kai Menuki - M011

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 14 mm x 30.5 mm x 5 mm
    Ura: 11.5 mm x 33 mm x 5 mm
    Design: Shells
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Fudo Myouou Menuki - M012

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold & silver gilding
    Omote: 13 mm x 31 mm x 3 mm
    Ura: 11 mm x 29 mm x 3 mm
    Design: Acala the immovable (buddhist god)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Akikusa Menuki - M013

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold & silver gilding
    Omote: 14 mm x 49 mm x 5 mm
    Ura: 14.5 mm x 50 mm x 5.5 mm
    Design: Plants which flower in fall
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Shiyu Ryu Menuki - M014

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 16 mm x 41 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 15 mm x 45 mm x 4.5 mm
    Design: Male & female dragons
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Daikoku Menuki - M015

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 14.5 mm x 28 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 14 mm x 28.5 mm x 5 mm
    Design: Daikoku, the god of wealth
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ichirinbana Menuki - M017

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 14 mm x 42 mm x 3 mm
    Ura: 10 mm x 42 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Blooming flower
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sukashi Ryu Menuki - M018

    ¥2,200 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material:Copper plated alloy or Copper plated brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 14 mm x 56 mm x 3.5 mm
    Ura: 15 mm x 55 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Dragon
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Awabo Menuki - M019

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 13 mm x 42 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 13 mm x 42 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Foxtail millet
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Houou Menuki - M020

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Gold plated alloy
    Omote: 13 mm x 38.5 mm x 3.5 mm
    Ura: 12.5 mm x 42 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Mythical firebird goddess (Japanese pheonix)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ebi Menuki - M021

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 12 mm x 57 mm x 5.5 mm
    Ura: 12 mm x 57 mm x 5.5 mm
    Design: Prawn
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kurikara Menuki - M022

    ¥2,200 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Gold plated brass or Copper plated brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 12 mm x 48 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 12.5 mm x 50 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Acala's swords (the immovable god)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Koi Menuki - M023

    ¥2,200

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy
    Omote: 12 mm x 55.5 mm x 4 mm
    Ura: 12.5 mm x 57 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Koi carp
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kikubotan Menuki - M024

    ¥2,200 ~ ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: With or without gold/silver gilding
    Omote: 14 mm x 42.5 mm x 3 mm
    Ura: 15 mm x 43.5 mm x 2.5 mm
    Design: Chrysantemum & tree peony
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Matsu Menuki - M026

    ¥2,200

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy
    Omote: 13 mm x 50 mm x 3.5 mm
    Ura: 12.5 mm x 49.5 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Pine tree
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tora Menuki - M027

    ¥6,000 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Gold plated brass or Solid silver
    Omote: 19 mm x 48.5 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 19 mm x 49 mm x 3.5 mm
    Design: Tiger
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Gunpai ni Saihai Menuki - M028

    ¥5,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper plated alloy with gold gilding
    Omote: 13 mm x 53 mm x 4.5 mm
    Ura: 13 mm x 51.5 mm x 4 mm
    Design: Fan and baton of command (military symbols)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
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