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Iaito & Shinken Tsuba

About Iaito & Shinken Tsuba

The Tsuba (鍔) has the function to protect the hand from the opponent's blade but also from having one's hand sliding onto the blade during Tsuki (thrust).
It though has two more qualities: aesthetic and balance adjustment. During the Edo period, the Tsuba turned progressively into a decorative ornament, often generously worked, giving every sword a personal and special touch.

The Tsuba can present one or two holes on the sides that were used to draw the Kogatana (small knife) or Kogai (hair spike) that were fitted inside the sides of the Saya. The Tsuba used to be made by entire dynasties of craftsmen who only specialized in that particular field, almost vanished in the present time.

A heavy Tsuba will tend to shift the balance downwards the handle, making the Iaito easier to handle whereas a light Tsuba will push the balance towards the Kissaki, the tip of the blade. The latter one is recommended if you decide to focus on cutting training. You will find below some photos of all our Tsuba but also details on size, material, and weight.

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

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  • Tomoe Umebachi Tsuba - T001

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78 mm x 78 mm
    Weight: 97 g
    Design: Double comma and plum flowers
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kagecho Tsuba - T003

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78 mm x 76.5 mm
    Weight: 65 g
    Design: Butterfly shadow
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Karakusa Amime Tsuba - T006

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 81 mm x 82.5 mm
    Weight: 86 g
    Design: Arabesque mesh pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Matsu Sukashi Tsuba - T007

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 77.5 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 80 g
    Design: Three pine trees
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kinai Ryu Tsuba - T008

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: Standard and Small sizes available
    Weight: 103 g or 66 g
    Design: Dragon wrapped around the Tsuba
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sasa Sukashi Tsuba - T012

    ¥9,500 ~ ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron or Blackened stainless steel
    Size: 79 mm x 79 mm
    Weight: 95 g
    Design: Simple bamboo leaves
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sharin ni Kiku Sukashi Tsuba - T013

    ¥9,500 ~ ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron or Blackened stainless steel
    Size: 79 mm x 79 mm
    Weight: 92 g
    Design: Coach wheel and chrysanthemum
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Owari Tsuba - T014

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 72 g
    Design: Owari style design
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kikuka Sukashi Tsuba - T015

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78 mm x 79.5 mm
    Weight: 70 g
    Design: Chrysantemum
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kiku Sukashi Tsuba - T016

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 81.5 mm x 80 mm
    Weight: 72 g
    Design: Chrysantemum
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hijikata Tsuba - T017

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 80 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 137.5 g
    Design: Design related to a famous samurai called Hijikata
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namako Sukashi Tsuba - T018

    ¥9,500 ~ ¥11,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron or Blackened stainless steel
    Size: 75.5 mm x 74.5 mm
    Weight: 101 g
    Design: Two facing sea cucumbers
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Higo Mokko Tsuba - T019

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 84.5 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 135 g
    Design: Higo style shape with a Mokko Kamon (Japanese crest)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kasuga Karakusa Tsuba - T021

    ¥11,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Copper plated iron, with gold gilding
    Size: 83.5 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 161 g
    Design: Kasuga shape with gold arabesque
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sakura Uma Tsuba - T022

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Copper plated iron, with gold & silver gilding
    Size: 78 mm x 72 mm
    Weight: 115 g
    Design: Sakura (cherry blossom) and horses
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kibamusha Tsuba - T023

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Copper plated iron, with gold & silver gilding
    Size: 77 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 106 g
    Design: Samurai on horseback
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Yasha to Musha Tsuba - T032

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Copper plated iron, with gold & silver gilding
    Size: 81.5 mm x 76.5 mm
    Weight: 94 g
    Design: Epic fight between a Samurai and the god Yasha
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ume Take Tsuba - T033

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 77.5 mm x 78.5 mm
    Weight: 65 g
    Design: Japanese apricot tree & bamboo branches
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ume Tsuba - T035

    ¥9,500 ~ ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron or Blackened stainless steel
    Size: 83 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 117 g
    Design: Japanese apricot tree
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Myoga Tsuba - T036

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79 mm x 78 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Design: Japanese ginger (Myoga)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hanetomoe Tsuba - T037

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 69 mm x 69 mm
    Weight: 110 g
    Design: Two comma shaped feathers
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ajiro Tsuba - T038

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74.5 mm x 71 mm
    Weight: 123 g
    Design: Traditional wickerwork patterns
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kari Tsuba - T039

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78.5 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 71 g
    Design: Wild geese flying in trees
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kinai Tsuba - T041

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76.5 mm x 74 mm
    Weight: 67 g
    Design: Kinai style design (Edo period design)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mukai Tsuru Sukashi Tsuba - T042

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 73 mm x 70 mm
    Weight: 76 g
    Design: Two facing cranes
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sankosho Tsuba - T043

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 75 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 94 g
    Design: Four Varja (intrument for buddhist rituals)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Dakimyoga Karigane Tsuba - T044

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 82 g
    Design: Japanese ginger and green tea stems
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Washi Tsuba - T045

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 97 mm x 92 mm
    Weight: 205 g
    Design: Eagle
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hanzo Tsuba - T046

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78.5 mm x 78 mm
    Weight: 105 g
    Design: Hanzo style design (famous Samurai)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sasa Tsuba - T048

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 83 mm x 81 mm
    Weight: 111 g
    Design: Bamboo leaves design
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Nanako Tsuba - T049

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 75 mm x 71 mm
    Weight: 119 g
    Design: Grainy/stony design
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Satsuma nami Chidori Tsuba - T050

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 71 mm x 67.5 mm
    Weight: 106 g
    Design: Sea waves and plovers of the satsuma region
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Bonji Tsuba - T051

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79.5 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 92 g
    Design: Bonji "A", refers to the All mighty god and "MA", god of wealth.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Unen Tsuba - T052

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 81 mm x 82 mm
    Weight: 123 g
    Design: Burning clouds
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Take Sukashi Tsuba - T055

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 83.5 mm x 84 mm
    Weight: 94 g
    Design: Bamboo rods
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sasa Ogi Tsuba - T056

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 80 mm x 80 mm
    Weight: 99 g
    Design: Bamboo leaves and folding fans
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Matsu ni Taka Tsuba - T061

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 80 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 101 g
    Design: Pine and falcon
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Shishi Botan Sukashi Tsuba - T062

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 84 mm x 79 mm
    Weight: 85.5 g
    Design: Shishi (mystical creature close to a lion) and peony trees
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Umebachi Sukashi Tsuba - T063

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 67 mm
    Weight: 128 g
    Design: Umebachi Kamon, a famous crest based on the Japanese apricot fruit shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hyotan Sukashi Tsuba - T064

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 80 mm x 79 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Design: Calabash
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
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