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Kikyo Kamon Engraving
Platycodon grandiflorus (balloon flower) - 「桔梗」 in Japanese.
The Kikyō mon is an interesting emblem. It’s one of the rare kamon that have been associated with a particular colour, in this case pale blue. The Toki Clan, who used pale blue as their main colour for flags and encampments, transferred the colour onto their mon as well, soon followed by their vassals, spreading the used of that particular blue Kikyo during the Sengoku period (1467 - 1615)
The Kikyō mon has also become nowadays a symbol of revolution, defiance and tragedy. Akechi Mitsuhide, who famously betrayed his lord Oda Nobunaga, used a Kikyō mon, a pale blue one, as his lineage came from the Toki Clan.
Political activist, anti-shogunate revolutionist Sakamoto Ryoma used a very distinctive Kikyo emblem as well, and so did one of the most famous pro government agents at that time: samurai and zen master Yamaoka Tesshu.
The Kikyo mon has about 240 known variations.
Kikyo (balloon flower).
The mon of the Toki Clan and its vassals.
Kumi-ai Kaku ni Kikyo (balloon flower).
The mon of revolutionist Sakamoto Ryoma, a prominent figure of Japan's modernization.
Maru ni Kikyo (balloon flower in intertwined squares).
The most commonly used variation nowadays. 60% of the people who use a Kikyo emblem use now that specific mon. It was also the kamon of Yamaoka Tesshu.
How to Order - Service Description
Select your Kamon size
1.5 cm fits on all weapons and is fairly small for a Kamon. We recommend this size only for Kamon with few details. Fits all weapons, including 24 mm Jo.
2 cm can be considered as standard. It fits on most weapons, except on the thinnest weapons such as the 24 mm Jo.
2.5 cm is fairly big and will not fit on thin Koryu Bokken, Tanto, Bo, Hanbo, and Jo.
If the selected size is too big for the ordered weapon, the Kamon will be adapted to the maximum engravable size.
- Select your Kamon design
Select Kamon position
If you wish to offset the position in regard to a name engraving ordered from the product page, please use the "additional instructions" field.
If you order several weapons, please use the field "additional instructions" to specify which weapon should be engraved.
All special requests must be discussed prior to placing your order. If you have a doubt, email us before placing your order.
One Kamon = One engraving. For more than one engraving, add the Kamon as many time as desired with the correct options.
This is not a product but an engraving service that can only be ordered as part of a simultaneous purchase with a product on which to engrave.
- Select your Kamon size