Nihontô (Japanese Samurai Sword)


Last updated: 22 July 2016

I have included both English and equivalent romanized Japanese (rômaji) sword related terminology (in bold brown type) which I hope will be of assistance to those who are unfamiliar with Nihontô.

Long sword (Katana) uchigatana mounting (koshire) featuring carved winding plant (karakusa) decoration.

This koshirae is assembled using an exact copy wooden substitute blade (hon-tsunagi).

The scabbard (saya) has a textured (ishime) finish in very good condition.

The hilt (tsuka) binding (ito) is black silk. The attaching cord (sageo) is secured to the scabbard fitting (kurikata) using a traditional elaborate knot. All of the fittings are fine line carved (kebori) brass in a vine motif (karakusa) "en-suite" including the brass scabbard tip (kojiri) and scabbard mouth collar (koiguchi).

Upper pommel (fuchi) and scabbard mouth collar (koiguchi).

Lower pommel (kashira)

Scabbard tip (kojiri)

The hilt ornaments (menuki) -- are elaborately carved (issaku) brass and depict a cricket and autumn flower (Suzumushi ni Akikusa zu).

The pierced iron guard (tsuba) has inlaid brass decorations (Heianjo-Shiki Shinchu-Zogan) on both sides. The mounting hole (nakago-ana) is fitted with copper shims (sekigane) to insure a good tight fit.

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