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Learn Japanese Katana Sword Terms (part 2)

The previous article "Learn Japanese Katana Sword Terms (Part 1)", we covered edged sword glossary of the Katana's section. In the second article, we will continue with Japanese terms used for extreme section of the Katana's. The staff section starts from the cross-guard and ends at the pommel.

Tsuba is the cross-guard made of iron, copper, silver or some other durable metal and it serves to prevent the wielder's hands from sliding to the blade during a thrusting strike. It is designed to protect the hands from an enemy's sword. A common Tsuba is fine meticulous design and in the ancient days of the Samurai craft their family crest on to the Tsuba. These days the Tsuba is a matter of collector's favorite. There are some more Tsuba also used as family heirlooms passed down from one generation to another.

Tsuka (That sounds almost like Tsuba) is the handle of the sword, commonly made of wood and wrapped in ray skin. Tsuka is where the hands grip wielder of the sword.

Kashira is the pommel at the end of the shaft.

Happiness is scabbard or sheath usually made of wood to protect the leaves. If you're an anime fan, you certainly know that Saya was the heroine character in Blood + and she wields a unique with a wooden sword needs her blood to kill demons. Quite a character name for a sword-fighting anime which makes it easier to remember too.

Sageo is the cord used to secure the sword to the sweet potato (belt).

Kurikata is the knob on the scabbard through which the Sageo (cord) is passed by.

Kojiri is the jewel in the closed-end sheath. Technically it is the dense covering of the sheath. My-little-indicating system while Jiří tip.

Koiguchi the open end of the scabbard where the sword is sheathed and unsheathed from.

So there you have it, a short marathon in the terminology of the Japanese Katana. All the above are just some of the basics introduced to the general reader. There are still a lot more terms that we have touched on such Nakago (sword tangs), Nakago-Jiří (tang tip), various leaf shapes, etc. So keep posted for future updates on some advanced of words.

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