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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

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sake Menuki - MM002

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenmakiryu Menuki - MM003

    ¥6,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 09 mm x 68 mm
    Design: Dragon wrapped around a sword.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tombo Menuki - MM004

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

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  • Sakura Menuki - MM005

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Sho Menuki - MM006

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Dai Menuki - MM007

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tsukushi Menuki - MM008

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Botan Menuki - MM009

    ¥6,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 12 mm x 54 mm
    Design: Peony flower.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hitsuji Menuki - MM010

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenkatabami Menuki - MM011

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mukade Menuki - MM012

    ¥6,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 52 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Mukade, a rather huge Japanese centipede.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kuyomon Menuki - MM013

    ¥6,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Bronze
    Size: 15 mm x 45 mm
    Design: 9 planets in the buddhism cosmogony.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ebi Menuki - MM014

    ¥6,500

    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: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tachibana Menuki - MM015

    ¥6,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 48 mm x 12 mm
    Design: Tachibana flower over Acala's sword (Buddhist's deity).
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~3 weeks

    No reviews yet
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