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Also, about half of the products have only one window, and some solid:
By the way, this is an indirect confirmation of the true purpose of the kogai hairpin as a tool for waging protracted knots the laces of the armor. Therefore, the tsuba, left over from the old Tati, always have kogai-Ana, but the katana was worn with civilian dress, no armor – and the pin became unnecessary. Also the location of the Windows relative to the center, we can tell, to type exactly what was intended tsuba of the sword. The fact that Cagatay always(!) you’ll be inside, closer to the body. But different method of wearing a Tachi and katana (blade up or down) implies a change in the position of Windows. Some prudent, two cobaco carved kogai-Ana, tsuba making is very versatile as flat “kozuka” (kagatani handle) fits within the same width of the hole.
It should also be remembered that the obverse side of the tsuba, which is turned toward the handle, so that the counter people had the opportunity to admire the fine work. Accordingly, most of the images (if properly made) shows us exactly the “face”. However, on this account, there are other opinions, therefore, do not take it is written as a reference or truths that apply always and everywhere.
Quite rare to find a tsuba, which would demonstrate a pronounced platform “seppa-Dai”. The elevation is oval in shape follows the contour of washers “bot-PA” that was worn on the shank and behind the tsuba, and in front of her. The idea is simple – selecting washers of different thicknesses, the mounter achieved a tight fit of all parts so that they were nearing the end of the handle. But if there is something available for decoration, it immediately must be implemented – the end of seppa are usually minted or sliced thin lace. The surface of the site itself was not decorated in any way, but this is where the manufacturer placed a narrow column of hieroglyphs explaining the name of master, name of city or area, coordinates of the customer, date, year, month, and so on. However a great number of fine instances of outrageous anonymous, acquiring the status of “mu-Mei” (”unsigned”). Windows R-jitsu as a rule, only slightly touching the seppa-Dai, but sometimes they cut deep deeper:
Exactly in the middle of the tsuba we see the wedge-shaped box “Nakago-Ana”, through which Nakago – shank sword. In order tsuba did not wiggle on the blade, in the lower and upper corners of Nakago Ana almost always driven pieces of soft non-ferrous metal (brass, copper). Slightly malleable or filing esplosiva fragments, the master provided the individual fit of the tsuba on this sword. Such was the name of the tab “Seki-gane” (Sekigane) or “Kuchi-Beni” (Kuchibeni).
If the tsuba did not have, the adjustment was carried out by directly embossing the edges Nakago Ana. Across instances, literally mutilated by a succession of alterations.
There is a very persistent misconception about the size and thickness of CSF, and it is a delusion peculiar to those who by occupation must know about the subject almost from the manufacturers about the modern replicas of Japanese swords, the outstanding on-mountain for hundreds and thousands of unlikely fantasies, only by reminding Nihon. Tsuba and suffered at their hands.
So, the average size of the tsuba for big swords is 75-85 mm at a thickness of 3-4 mm. of Course, in all times there were exceptions to the rule, but these figures are true in 99% of cases. Accordingly, wakizashi tsubame manned at 60-70 mm with the same thickness, and the protection of the tanto was almost symbolic, literally 40-50 mm. But various forms of disk known to abound, though they fit into a few basic types.