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Menuki Camellia motif Edo period onlay mixed metals over shakudo.

SKU: Menuki for Katana, Camellia $195.00
The menuki served a utilitarian purpose in that it provided the wielder of the sword a reference point on the Tsuka or handle and helped to stabilize the grip. It also covered the pin, which secures the tang in the handle preventing it from coming out of the ana. During the Edo period (1603-1868) because of the extended time of peace in Japan, the menuki along with the other components of the sword became class/fashion statements and attained the high art form, which we see today. Menuki (?):The menuki are ornaments on the tsuka (generally under the tsuka-ito); to fit into the palm for grip and originally meant to hide the mekugi. Mekugi (?):The mekugi is a small peg for securing the tsuka to the nakago. Mekugi-ana (?):The mekugi-ana are the holes in the tsuka and nakago for the mekugi. Same-kawa (samegawa) (?):same-kawa is the ray or shark skin wrapping of the tsuka (handle/hilt). Tsuka (?):The tsuka is the hilt or handle; made of wood and wrapped in samegawa. Tsuka-ito (?):Tsuka-ito the wrap of the tsuka, traditionally silk but today most often in cotton and sometimes leather.