kashira

Kashira

The kashira is a small, round pommel that sits at the end of the handle and helps to balance the sword.
menuki

Menuki

Menuki are small, decorative ornaments that were traditionally used to adorn the hilts of Japanese swords.
mekugi

Mekugi

Mekugi are small wooden pegs used to secure the handle of a katana in place. The mekugi is inserted through a hole in the tang of the blade and into the grip.
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.
Fuchi

Katana fuchi

A katana fuchi is the metal cap that covers the handle of a Japanese sword. It serves both as a decorative element and as protection for the handle.
katana tsuba

Katana tsuba

 A tsuba is a handguard fitted to a Japanese sword. Tsuba were originally developed to protect the user's hand from accidental injury.
seppa

Seppa katana

The seppa on a katana are small metal discs that sit between the blade and the hilt, providing support and stability to the blade.
habaki

Habaki

The katana habaki (blade collar sword) is a metal fitting that is attached to the base of the blade, just above the handle.
sageo

Sageo

A sageo is a cord used to secure a Japanese sword (katana) to the belt (obi). It is usually made of silk or other strong, durable material.

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