Tsuba, menuki, fuchi and other fittings for the bladed weapons
The collection contains more than 300 metal fittings for Japanese swords and daggers. Among them are both hilt parts, namely the guards (tsuba), decorative ornaments (menuki), collars (fuchi) and pommels (kashira), as well as kozuka that are exquisitely decorated handles for utility knives placed in special pockets on the scabbards. All of them are produced with great skill and taste. Tsuba of various shapes and styles are most numerous in the collection. They were mostly meant to be used to prevent the hand from sliding onto the blade during thrusts, as well as contribute to the balance of the weapon and to the protection of the hand from an opponent's blade. During the Edo period (1603-1868), the tsuba became not only functional but also a decorative piece of the bladed weapons. Nowadays, tsuba are popular collectible items.