Black same appears under the silk tape wrapping and the large, egg-shaped tsuba is faced on each side by ornate dai seppa with a sun ray design.
If the sword doesn't start easily from the scabbard, first make sure there is no retention latch (as found in most military mounts), then grasp the scabbard close against each side of its joint (or the tsuba).
The are three commonly used mounting styles: The tanto with a guard called a tsuba; the aikuchi style with no guard; and the hamadashi style with a small guard.
They were easily carried and rapidly deployed without the potential hindrance of a tsuba. Since the tanto was not used in a fencing type of manner the guard was, for the most part, unnecessary.
There were also sword guards (tsuba
) and some rare and beautifully-fashioned inlaid Samurai swords with lavishly decorated scabbards.
He has delivered releases for an enviable roster of labels - Tsuba
, Morris Audio, Fear of Flying, Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision - and has stayed true to his robust, bass-led strain of house music that reflects his formative interests in UK and US Garage.
He is there finishing up a couple of pieces when I catch up with him - a remix for Kate Simko for Leftroom and an EP for Tsuba
The oval or rounded shapes of sword hilts, or tsuba
, and the ornaments decorating them would also inspire Western jewellers to create their smaller scale versions in precious metals and gemstones.
BURMESE cats Tsuba
, Kobe and Kira live with their owners, Paul and Susan Leonard in Eaglesham.
After their big success at running the groovy tent at Life Festival with a host of Dublin's resident DJs and of course the mighty Moody Manc (Tsuba
, 2020 Vision) they want the celebrations to continue.
A more surprising success was the $91,000 paid, again by a European collector, for lot 353, an Edo-period copper tsuba
or sword hand-guard appealingly formed as an octopus (estimate $2,300-3,000).
The scabbard for a katana is referred to as a saya and the handguard piece was called the tsuba
. It is primarily used for cutting, although its curvature allows for effective thrusting.