Tsuka ito

katana tsuka ito

Katana tsuka ito

tsuka ito

Tsuka ito is a traditional Japanese cord used to wrap the handle of a sword. It is made from cotton or silk and is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and thicknesses. Tsuka ito is typically replaced every few years as it will deteriorate with use.

Tuska ito length

As a general rule, the length of tsuka ito should be about two-thirds the length of the blade. This ensures that the handle is comfortable to hold and that the balance of the sword is correct. The width of the ito should be in proportion to the width of the hilt, and should be wide enough to provide a good grip. The colour of the ito can be chosen to match the sword fittings or to contrast with them, depending on personal preference.


Tsukamaki is the Japanese art of wrapping the hilt or handle of a sword (or other weapon) with cord or cloth. It is an important part of traditional Japanese swordsmanship, and helps to improve grip and comfort during use.

There are many different ways to wrap a tsuka, and each ryu (school) of swordsmanship has its own method. The most common way to wrap a tsuka is using tsuka-ito, which is a special kind of cord made specifically for this purpose. The tsuka-ito is wrapped around the hilt in a specific pattern, and then tied off at the end.

Tsukamaki not only improve the grip and comfort of a weapon, but also helps to protect the hands from being cut by the blade. It also gives the weapon a more traditional and elegant appearance.

Katana handle wrap styles

There are many different ways to wrap a katana handle, and each has its own unique look and feel. Here are some of the most popular styles: 

Tsuka-ito: This is the most traditional style of handle wrapping, and is made from a length of cotton or silk cord. The cord is wrapped around the handle in a specific pattern, and then tightened and tied off. Tsuka-ito provides a very comfortable grip, and can be easily replaced if it becomes worn or damaged. 

Ray skin (Same): This style of handle wrap uses ray skin, which is the same material that traditional Japanese armor is made from. Ray skin is tough and durable, yet still soft to the touch. It provides excellent grip and comfort, and can last for many years with proper care. 

Leather: Leather is a more modern material for katana handle wraps, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years. Leather is comfortable, looks great, and provides good grip. It can be more difficult to replace than other types of handle wraps, but it is definitely worth the effort.

Whether you choose tsuka-ito, ray skin, leather, or any other type of handle wrap, make sure that you take the time to learn how to properly wrap it. A poorly wrapped handle can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

katana wrap handle styles

How to wrap a katana handle

If you're looking to add a little extra grip and comfort to your katana handle, wrapping it is a great option. In this guide, we'll show you how to wrap a katana handle using traditional Japanese methods.

First, you'll need to gather some supplies:

  • You'll need a length of cotton cord (about 2 meters)
  • Some adhesive tape
  • A pair of scissors.
  • You'll also need a katana handle, of course!

1. Start by cutting the cord in half. Then, take one half of the cord and begin wrapping it around the base of the katana handle. Wrap tightly, making sure that each layer overlaps the previous one slightly. When you reach the end of the cord, secure it with a piece of adhesive tape.

 2.Next, take the other half of the cord and begin wrapping it around the top of the katana handle. Again, wrap tightly and overlap each layer slightly. When you reach the end of the cord, secure it with a piece of adhesive tape.

 Your katana handle should now be nice and snug, with a comfortable grip for your hands. With a little practice, you'll be able to wrap your katana handle like a pro.

How to clean tsuka ito

The tsuka ito, or handle cord, on your katana is one of the most important parts of the sword. Not only does it provide a comfortable and secure grip, but it also protects the blade from damage. Over time, however, the tsuka ito can become stained and grimy. If not properly cleaned, this can lead to corrosion and other damage to the sword.

Fortunately, cleaning your tsuka ito is relatively simple. All you need is some warm water and a mild soap. Gently scrub the cord with a soft cloth or brush, taking care not to damage the delicate fabric. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to air dry. Your tsuka ito should be as good as new!

With just a little bit of care, you can keep your tsuka ito looking and working like new for many years to come.

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