Fuchi kashira shakudo Kosekiko




Shakudo nanako chiselled in relief and inlaid with gold and other metals and alloys. Chiselled in relief and inlaid with gold details depicting Kosekiko (Huang Shigong) on horseback (on the kashira) and Choryo (Zhang Liang) fighting a dragon (on the fuchi), signed and dated Kansei kanoe-inu [. . .] Bushu Nakahara Yukitoshi tsukuru (Nakahara Yukitoshi of Nagato Province made this in 1790, Haynes 124783). Edo Period. 
Fuchi: 4 x 2,5 cm
Kashira: 3,5 x 1,9 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.