Fuchi Kashira shakudo horses




Fuchi Kashira shakudo horses. Excelent piece of fuchi kashira, very well carved and full of details. Made in shakudo, inlaid with horses and grooms in a pine forest, signed Soheishi Kitagawa Nyudo Soten sei. Soten school. Very well preserved among centuries. Edo Period. 
Fuchi: 4 x 2,5 cm
Kashira: 3,8 x 2 cm
Suitable for Katana and Wakizashi.
What is a fuchi/Kashira?

A fuchi-kashira is a pair of sword fittings used in traditional Japanese sword mounting (koshirae). They are located at either end of the handle (tsuka) and serve both functional and decorative purposes.

    • Fuchi: The fuchi is the collar or sleeve that sits at the base of the handle, adjacent to the guard (tsuba). It acts as a decorative and protective piece, covering the junction between the handle and the guard. The fuchi is typically made of metal and can feature various designs and motifs, often matching the theme of other sword fittings such as the menuki and tsuba.
    • Kashira: The kashira is the pommel or end cap of the sword handle, located at the opposite end from the guard (tsuba). It serves to secure the wrapping (tsukamaki) of the handle and provides a counterbalance to the weight of the blade. Like the fuchi, the kashira is also typically made of metal and can be adorned with intricate designs or patterns to complement the overall aesthetic of the sword.

Together, the fuchi and kashira form a coordinated pair of fittings that contribute to the visual appeal and functionality of the sword handle. They are crafted with attention to detail and can vary widely in design, material, and craftsmanship, reflecting the individual style of the sword maker or the preferences of the sword owner.