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Old 09-05-2010, 12:53 AM   #11
Keith Larman
Dojo: AIA, Los Angeles, CA
Location: California
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,603
Re: Horses and sword guards (tsuba) on the Japanese sword

Actually a tsuba like this one is usually collected by itself as a work of art without ever being mounted on a sword again. I had considered putting it on a sword as I also have a set of fuchi kashira (end caps for the tsuka (handle)) with similarly carved horses as well as the menuki (the small decorative things in the wrap). But anyway, it will most likely never end up on a sword although it most certainly could be used that way.

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