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Welcome this is just a website about myself, I tried to include as many of my own photographs as possible.  Otaku (おたく) as defined in Wikipedia "a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly but not limited to anime and manga". My Japanese wife has recently started calling me "tsuba otaku" as I have such a deep interest in Japanese sword handguard (tsuba 鍔). The website features a set of twelve webpages focused on tsuba from my personal collection. There are also three galleries of the small fittings (kodōgu 小道具) containing the other fittings besides the tsuba for the Japanese sword and a Koshirae Gallery webpage containing full sets of matching Japanese sword fittings. I hope you enjoy my website and constructive feedback is always welcome. Please click below or go to the CONTACT page to email me directly. 
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Ko-Kinkō Tsuba (古金工鐔)
Ko-Kinkō Tsuba (古金工鐔)

This is a handguard (tsuba 鐔) and is made of unrefined copper (yamagane 山銅). The surface has been deeply covered in black lacquered (kuro-urushi 黒漆). It was likely made to be mounted on an older style short sword (kodaichi 小太刀) but later modified and remounted to fit on an Edo Period short sword (wakizashi 脇差).

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Omote (表)
Omote (表)

The small openwork (ko-suakshi 小透) design of rain hat (amagasa 雨傘). The design is replicated in sequence eight times around the edge of the tsuba plate (ji 地). The number eight is auspicious in Japanese culture and has a significant connection to Buddhism.

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Box View
Box View

The tsuba measures 6.5 cm wide and is 6.7 cm high. The tsuba is thickest at the raised rim cover (3 mm) that is likely hollow and thins towards the center of the tsuba and the (seppa-dai 切羽台).

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Ko-Kinkō Tsuba (古金工鐔)
Ko-Kinkō Tsuba (古金工鐔)

This is a handguard (tsuba 鐔) and is made of unrefined copper (yamagane 山銅). The surface has been deeply covered in black lacquered (kuro-urushi 黒漆). It was likely made to be mounted on an older style short sword (kodaichi 小太刀) but later modified and remounted to fit on an Edo Period short sword (wakizashi 脇差).

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