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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
Kōdai Owari Tsuba (後代尾張鐔)

Kōdai Owari Tsuba (後代尾張鐔)

This is a handguard (tsuba 鐔) for a long sword (katana 刀). It is made out of well forged iron (tetsu 鉄).

Omote (表)

Omote (表)

The positive openwork (ji-sukashi 地透) is a complex one consisting of many different heraldic and auspicious symbols.

Ura (裏)

Ura (裏)

The texture of the tsuba feels smooth to the touch (migaki-ji 磨地). The tsuba has a spacer made of the copper gold alloy (shakudō 赤銅) to fit the other fittings of a particular sword.

Art View

Art View

Many large iron bones (tekkotsu 鉄骨) are visible along the thick rim of the tsuba.

Box View

Box View

The tsuba measures 7.7 cm wide by 7.7 cm high. The tsuba 5.6 mm at the rim and is fairly uniform thickness.

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Ura (裏)

The texture of the tsuba feels smooth to the touch (migaki-ji 磨地). The tsuba has a spacer made of the copper gold alloy (shakudō 赤銅) to fit the other fittings of a particular sword.