Minosaka Tsuba

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  • Minosaka 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
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