The state of emergency has been lifted in Japan, but the international logistic hasn't improved much. Japan Post has suspended all shipments to more than 150 countries, FedEx shipments are suspended for all destinations, DHL has implemented a significant price surcharge and UPS increased prices for small packages. Long story short: most orders are shipped and delivered normally, but not everywhere and oversized packages are complicated to handle. Please refer to the table below to see if your order can ship and with which carrier/shipping method.

Despite those limitations, and thanks to our unparalleled logistic, we are maintaining a high turnover with dozens of orders shipped everyday. Our entire team is focused on logistic issues and customer support, entirely committed to deliver as many customers as possible with the most afforable shipping solution. We can assure you that the very large majority of shipped orders are delivered without any trouble and we would like to express our gratitude for your support in this difficult time.

  • Free shipping options can still be selected at checkout, however, if described as "SUSPENDED", your order will be prepared and packed, then put on hold until shipments reopen (probably July at the earliest) without further notice.
  • Emergency surcharges are additional fees that we may request for oversized packages after your order has been placed (no charge without your consent). We will not charge the emergency surcharge for orders above 30,000 YEN containing several weapons.
  • Orders put on hold as a result of your choice of a suspended shipping method as defined in the table below will be subject to a 2,000 YEN cancellation fee, should you want to cancel the order later on. (Except for custom made orders that are non cancellable, whatever the reason)
  • If your country is not on the list, please contact us prior to placing your order! Failure to do so might result in your order put on hold without further notice.
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Emergency Surcharge
In addition to the shipping upgrade fees charged at checkout (if applicable).
Small Packages
For packages under 2 kg and 60 cm in length.
Express Shipping
For packages above 2 kg and/or 60 cm.
Canada, Mexico, South Korea Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Now reopened!
+ 1 week delay (lead time of 2 to 4 weeks)
All packages ship as usual
with DHL & UPS
Delivery expected within a week.
France, United Kingdom, Germany Products over 118 cm > 1,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Now reopened!
+ 1 week delay (lead time of 2 to 4 weeks)
United States All products: No surcharge Suspended until at least next July.
If selected at checkout, orders will be stored without prior notice.

A 1,500 YEN express shipping upgrade is available at checkout.
Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Guadeloupe Products over 118 cm > 1,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Israel Products over 118 cm > 2,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 5,000 YEN
Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Belgium, Portugal, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Greece, Romania, Malaysia, Bulgaria Products over 118 cm > 2,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 5,000 YEN
Packages above 118 cm cannot ship
(Jo, Bo, Naginata...)
Russia, Reunion, French Guiana, Africa, South America, Russia All shipments suspended.
If you place an order, it will be stored at least until July.

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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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  • Washi Tsuba - TM001

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 75 mm x 70 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Design: Eagle
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Yagyu Tsuba - TM002

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 75 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 123 g
    Design: Name of a famous Samurai clan. Also called Kuruma Sukashi.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Shippo Tsuba - TM003

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74 mm x 70 mm
    Weight: 135 g
    Design: The 7 treasures (gold, silver, pearls, agate, crystal, coral, lapis lazuli)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hanjiro Tsuba - TM004

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 79 mm x 65 mm
    Weight: 142 g
    Design: Favored by the famous samurai Hanjiro.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Umetada Tsuba - TM005

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 84 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 150 g
    Design: Design by a famous blacksmith of the Edo period
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hyotan Tsuba - TM006

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 71 mm x 70 mm
    Weight: 126 g
    Design: Gourd (calabash)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Musashi Tsuba - TM007

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 74 mm x 74 mm
    Weight: 146 g
    Design: Used by the most famous samurai
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kasuga Tsuba - TM008

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 84 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 138 g
    Design: Kasuga refers to the shape of the Tsuba.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ameryu Tsuba - TM009

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 81 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 147 g
    Design: Dragon under the rain
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Namako Tsuba - TM010

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74 mm x 69 mm
    Weight: 90 g
    Design: Holothuroidea (sea cucumber)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Muji Tsuba - TM011

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74 mm x 69 mm
    Weight: 134 g
    Design: Plain (no pattern)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kagecho Tsuba - TM012

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 74 mm x 72 mm
    Weight: 106 g
    Design: Butterfly shadow
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Nami Tsuba - TM013

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 81 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 145 g
    Design: Waves
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hirata Tsuba - TM014

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened copper
    Size: 76 mm x 72 mm
    Weight: 120 g
    Design: Design by a famous blacksmith of the Edo period
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Higo Tsuba - TM015

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 75 mm x 71 mm
    Weight: 90 g
    Design: A famous design of the Higo province (now Kumamoto)
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Shin Umetada Tsuba - TM016

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 85 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 165 g
    Design: Design by a famous blacksmith of the Edo period
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Icho Zogan (Kasuga) Tsuba - TM022

    ¥22,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 84 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Design: Kasuga shape with silver ginkgo arabesque
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
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