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Wari-Kogai; Nanakoji very fine family crest. Early Edo period.

SKU: Kogai; Family Crest $895.00
The kai (,,?) '' The Samurais Wakizashi or Tanto saya often included a second pocket or slot to accommodate a Kogai,a skewer with a blunt tip. While somewhat open to speculation as to uses, it is clear that the Kogai was the original feudal Japanese multi-tasker. While the uses for the Kozuka and Kogatana as a general purpose utility knife are clear, the intended uses for the Kogai has remained somewhat of a mystery. Martial authorities have proposed a number of theories: a) after a head was removed from the battlefield, the Kogai was thrust through a former enemys ear as a tagannouncing the victor. b) the Kogai could have been used similarly to a Kubizashi to transport the enemys head from the battlefield. c) others have proposed that the Kogai was traditionally used as a skewer for the owner's hair-do or as a hair arranger. d) as an ear wax cleaner. e) as a tool to provide relief from an annoying and inaccessible itch under the armor. The Wari-kogai or Waribashi is also used like the Kogai with the exception that they are split in the middle and can be used as a pair of chopsticks. The Kogai can also be used as a last resortstabbing weapon. All of these were made by extremely skilled craft/artisans and are highly sought after collectors items.