Few objects exemplify utilitarian art as much as the katana tsuba. Though crafted with a dizzying array of symbols, themes and styles, the tsuba must still retain its original function: To protect the hand of the swordsman from the sliding blade of a foe in a parry. Tsuba were often created by generations of craftsmen, whose entire profession lay in the perfection of the tsuba. Adorned with samurai symbology, family crests or simple aesthetic designs, original tsubas are collectors items and are often passed down as family heirlooms.
Tsuba designs have changed over the centuries, as tsubas created during the war-torn Muromachi and Momoyama periods, 1333-1603, were made from strong metals, whereas tsuba crafted during the more peaceful Edo period, 1603-1868, could be made from more impractical metals, such as gold.
This tsuba is made from sturdy, laser-etched iron and is ready to be affixed to the katana of your choice.