Nihontô (Japanese Samurai Sword)

Typical Edo period (1603 to 1868) Wakizashi uchigatana koshirae

Last updated: 22 August 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.


Katana style uchigatana koshirae.


This koshirae is assembled using a wooden substitute blade (tsunagi).


The scabbard (saya) has a highly polished black laquered finish (urushi) and is in very good condition.



The hilt (tsuka) binding (ito) is dark blue silk. The hilt ornament (menuki) depicts a garden insect.


The material from which the upper pommel (fuchi) and base pommel (kashira) are made is shakudô - an alloy of copper and gold. The surfaces are textured with a fish roe pattern (nanakô) and patinated to a dark violet/black color.



The upper pommel (fuchi) and base pommel (kashira) are nicely decorated with finely carved chrysanthemum flowers (kiku) and stem motifs.


The guard (tsuba) is plain polished shakudo with a gold serrated rim.


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