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).
The positive openwork (ji-sukashi 地透) is a complex one consisting of many different heraldic and auspicious symbols.
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.
Many large iron bones (tekkotsu 鉄骨) are visible along the thick rim of the tsuba.
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.