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Iaito & Shinken Tsuba

Average rating: 5/5 - 1 customer review

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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nihiki Tsuba - T065

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79 mm x 72.5 mm
    Weight: 99 g
    Design: Double symmetrical design
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sakura Sukashi Tsuba - T066

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: Standard and Small sizes available
    Weight: 94 g or 57 g
    Design: Cherry blossom, the famous Japanese "Sakura"
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Onodaimoku Tsuba - T069

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78.5 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 140 g
    Design: Hatchet and the daimoku sutra
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Raiun Sukashi Tsuba - T070

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 89.5 g
    Design: Thunder clouds, a popular design in Japanese mythology
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Guribori Tsuba - T071

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated iron
    Size: 74 mm x 69 mm
    Weight: 83 g
    Design: Guribori patterns
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mukai Kagecho Sukashi Tsuba - T072

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated brass
    Size: 74.5 mm x 72.5 mm
    Weight: 50 g
    Design: Two facing butterfly shadows
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hitotsudomoe ni Kasumi Tsuba - T074

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 75.5 mm
    Weight: 80 g
    Design: Comma designs in the mist
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Icho Sukashi Tsuba - T075

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74.5 mm x 70.5 mm
    Weight: 75 g
    Design: Ginkgo trees
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Gemon Tsuba - T077

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 83 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 128 g
    Design: A Shinshu buddhism proverb saying that true Dharma is lawless
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Danryu Sukashi Tsuba - T078

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78.5 mm x 74.5 mm
    Weight: 118 g
    Design: Dragon wrapped around the Tsuba
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namigashira Sukashi Tsuba - T079

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 73 mm x 70 mm
    Weight: 92 g
    Design: Wave crest
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namiguruma Sukashi Tsuba - T081

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76.5 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 97 g
    Design: Circling waves
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Nami ni Koi Sukashi Tsuba - T082

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74.5 mm x 72 mm
    Weight: 104 g
    Design: Waves & Koi carps
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kagome Tsuba - T083

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 75.5 mm x 72.5 mm
    Weight: 85 g
    Design: Woven bamboo pattern
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ameryu Sukashi Tsuba - T084

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: Standard and Small sizes available
    Weight: 116 g or 100 g
    Design: Dragon in the rain
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Matsukawa Bishimon Sukashi Tsuba - T086

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76.5 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 95 g
    Design: Pine bark and diamond patterns
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
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