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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
  • Mokko Kuyomon Tsuba - TM020

    ¥14,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 79 mm
    Weight: 124 g
    Design: 12 Principles of the nine planets represented on a Mokko shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Maru Kuyomon Tsuba - TM021

    ¥16,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78 mm x 77 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Design: 12 Principles of the nine planets represented on a round shape
    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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