The Menuki are thoroughly crafted ornaments made of copper, bronze and aluminium, that are tied onto the Tsuka (handle) of a sword, originally to cover or to draw the attention from the Mekugi (bolt). Although the Menuki change the grip and influences the balance of the weapon, it is very subtle, given its light weight. It can be desirable however, to choose a heavy Menuki in order to slightly shift the weight towards the Tsuba or vice versa.
The Menuki are hand-crafted in Japan by the Minosaka workshop, and fit Iaito and Shinken (Katana), sold as pair.
Menuki dimensions and material
Water caltrop (or devil pod) - aquatic plant
Dragon entwining a sword
Oxalis montana, (a herb, also called mountain wood-sorrel) on two swords
Buddhist symbol representing "The 12 principles of the 9 planets"
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