The Kashira is the cap at the end of the katana handle or tsuka. The literal translation of kashira to English is "head" because of it being positioned at the head of the samurai sword. Unlike the pommel on a European sword it is not designed as a counter-balance. It closes off and finishes the end of the tsuka while providing a point for the handle wrap or tsuka-ito to tie off. The kashira can be a very simple piece to simply cap the end but on an elaborate Japanese katana the kashira can be adorned with great detail complimenting the theme of the overall sword.
These are some photo's of several different Kashira found on the Japanese katana that we offer.
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