Ryujin swords

Habaki, Shitodome & Seppa

Habaki

The habaki is the heart of the sword. It transfers the shock of cutting to the outside of the tsuka, rather than allowing it to go through the mekugi. A badly fitting habaki is therefore dangerous.

We offer handmade one or two piece habaki in copper, gold and silver. We can also duplicate a broken habaki. Click here for more information.



Shitodome

Shitodome are found in the kurikata and kashira of many high quality koshirae. Their primary purpose is to prevent the tsukaito from fraying as it rubbed against the sharp edges of the hole in the kashira. They also serve to add a little bit of glitter to the kashira and kurikata.

Each shitodome is an exact handcrafted copy, in silver, of an original Japanese part. Shitodome are offered in either black or with a 24K gold plate finish. Black shitodome can be rubbed down to give an antique silver finish.

Shitodome 001.

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Kashira Kurikata
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Shitodome 002.

Kashira Kurikata
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Shitodome 003. Kashira sized only.

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Shitodome 004.

Kashira Kurikata
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Shitodome 004B.

Kashira Kurikata
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Shitodome 006. Kashira sized only.

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Shitodome 007. Kurikata size only.

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Shitodome 008. Kurikata size only.

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Shitodome 009. Kurikata size only.

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Shitodome 010. Kurikata size only.

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Shitodome 011. Kurikata size only.

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Shitodome 012. Kashira sized only.

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Shitodome 014. Kashira sized only.

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Seppa

Seppa are spacers that fit on each side of the tsuba. Their function is to allow the final adjustments and overall tightness of the Tsuka to all other parts.

Seppa, regular quality. 15.60

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High quality gold coloured seppa. 27.58

Key-pattern seppa. Made from precision ground bronze and available in natural bronze or patinated black. The hole is cut small to allow for adjustment to any sword. 43.81

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Rope-patterned seppa. Made from precision ground bronze, and available in natural bronze or patinated black. The hole is cut small to allow for adjustment to any sword. 43.81

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Scalloped-edge seppa. Made from precision ground bronze, and available in natural bronze or patinated black. The hole is cut small to allow for adjustment to any sword. 43.81

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