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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. 
New to My Collection
Heianjō-zōgan Tsuba (平安城象嵌鐔)

Heianjō-zōgan Tsuba (平安城象嵌鐔)

This is a large hand guard (tsuba 鐔) likely made for a long sword (katana 刀). It is made of forged iron (tetsu 鉄).

Omote (表)

Omote (表)

The openwork design is made of four diamonds. The edge of the tsuba and around the openwork design is decorated with flat inlays (hira-zōgan 平象嵌) of brass done in a woven rope design (nawame 縄目).

Ura (裏)

Ura (裏)

The surface of the tsuba on both sides is additionally embellished with a vine and leaf pattern also done using flat inlays of brass.

Art View

Art View

The rim of the tsuba has a rounded square shape (kaku-mimi koniku 角耳小肉).

Box View

Box View

The tsuba measures 8.5 cm wide by 8.6 cm high. It is 4.5 mm thick at the rim thicker ~5.0 mm towards the center (seppa-dai 切羽台).

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Omote (表)

The openwork design is made of four diamonds. The edge of the tsuba and around the openwork design is decorated with flat inlays (hira-zōgan 平象嵌) of brass done in a woven rope design (nawame 縄目).