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Minosaka Iaito/Shinken Tsuba
The Tsuba 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.
Tsuba dimensions and material Picture Name Descprition Height Width Thickness Weight Material Washi Eagle 7.5 cm 7 cm 4.1 mm 136 g Wrought iron Yagyu Name of a famous Samurai clan. This model is also refered as "Kuruma Sukashi" which means wheel with holes". 7.5 cm 7.3 cm 5.3 mm 123 g Copper Shippo The 7 treasures (gold, silver, pearls, agate, crystal, coral, lapis lazuli) 7.4 cm 7 cm 4.1 mm 135 g Wrought iron Hanjiro Famous samurai 7.9 cm 6.5 cm 6 mm 142 g Copper Umedata Famous blacksmith from the Edo period. 8.4 cm 7.5 cm 4.3 mm 150 g Wrought iron Hyotan Gourd (calabash) 7.1 cm 7 cm 5 mm 126 g Copper Musashi Famous Samurai 7.4 cm 7.4 cm 7.1 mm 146 g Copper Kasuga Spring sun. Name of a place. 8.4 cm 7.6 cm 4.1 mm 138 g Wrought iron Ameryu Dragon under the rain. 8.1 cm 7.7 cm 4.1 mm 147 g Wrought iron Namako Holothuroidea (sea cucumber) 7.4 cm 6.9 cm 4.1 mm 90 g Wrought iron Muji Plain (no pattern) 7.4 cm 6.9 cm 4.1 mm 134 g Wrought iron Kagecho Butterfly shadow 7.4 cm 7.2 cm 5 mm 106 g Copper Nami Wave 8.1 cm 7.7 cm 4.1 mm 145 g Wrought iron Hirata Famous Edo period Samurai 7.6 cm 7.2 cm 4.5 mm 120 g Copper Higo Province in South Japan (now Kumamoto) 7.5 cm 7.1 cm 4.1 mm 90 g Wrought iron Shin-umetada Famous blacksmith of the Edo period (shin means "new"). 8.5 cm 7.6 cm 4.1 mm 165 g Wrought iron Mokko Kuyomon Refers to the small drawing on the lower right part of the Tsuba, a Buddhist symbol representing "The 12 Principles of nine planets." "Mokko shape". 7.6 cm 7.9 cm 4 mm 124 g Wrought iron Maru Kuyomon Refers to the small drawing on the lower left part of the Tsuba, a Buddhist symbol representing "The 12 Principles of nine planets." "Rounded shape". 7.8 cm 7.7 cm 4.1 mm 136 g Wrought iron Icho Zogan Icho means Ginko and Zogan refers to a technique of inlaying gold or silver on metal. 8.4 cm 7.7 cm 4.1 mm 141 g Wrought iron