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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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  • 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
  • Sangakuen Sukashi Tsuba - T067

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 72.5 mm x 73 mm
    Weight: 88 g
    Design: Three circles, representing the three buddhist jewels
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tombo Sukashi Tsuba - T068

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 78.5 mm x 74 mm
    Weight: 90 g
    Design: Two dragonflies
    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
  • Yokogumo ni Matsu Tsuba - T073

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated iron
    Size: 76 mm x 71.5 mm
    Weight: 69 g
    Design: Wall of clouds in pine trees
    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
  • Yaguruma Sukashi Tsuba - T076

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 74.5 mm x 72.5 mm
    Weight: 87 g
    Design: Wheel made of arrows
    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
  • Shinryu Sukashi Tsuba - T080

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 76 mm
    Weight: 128 g
    Design: Dragon of the truth
    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
  • Shiyomon Shiho Inome Sukashi Tsuba - T085

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76 mm x 75 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Design: Four leaves in four directions and four wild boar eyes
    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
  • Marugata Kamon Sukashi Tsuba - T087

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 76.5 mm x 74.5 mm
    Weight: 65 g
    Design: Flowers in round shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mokkogata Kamon Sukashi Tsuba - T088

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 79 mm x 77.5 mm
    Weight: 76 g
    Design: Flowers in a Mokko shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hirata Namako Sukashi Tsuba - T089

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 77 mm x 69 mm
    Weight: 97 g
    Design: "Hirata" shape with two sea cucumbers on each sides
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Juboku Urigata Muji Tsuba - T090

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: Standard and Small sizes available
    Weight: 120 g or 106 g
    Design: Juboku Uri (melon) shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    1 customer review
  • Hirata Kiku Sukashi Tsuba - T091

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 77.5 mm x 71 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Design: Chrysantemum in a Hirata shape
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kata Marugata Muji Tsuba - T092

    ¥9,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: Standard and Small sizes available
    Weight: 131 g or 118 g
    Design: The most classic design possible.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hamidashi Tsuba - T901

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated brass or Copper plated brass
    Size: 58.5 mm x 44.5 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Design: Very small Tsuba
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hamidashi Tsuba - T902

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Silver plated brass or Copper plated brass
    Size: 60 mm x 48.5 mm
    Weight: 110 g
    Design: Very small Tsuba
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Unryu Tachi Tsuba - T903

    ¥17,500

    Made in Japan
    Material: Blackened iron
    Size: 80 mm x 75.5 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Design: Clouds crawling dragon
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • 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
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