The menuki are the decorative metal ornaments the are woven under the tsuka-ito (handle wrapping). These ornaments were originally made to hide the mekugi pins that secure the tsuka to the tang of the blade. They are normally positioned forward on one side and back on the other. These are your hand positions with the menuki fitting into your palms. On unique tsuka wrappings such as katate-maki or battle wrap the menuki may be woven into the centre as a decorative ornament. Some are very elaborate pieces made by talented jewellers and artisans that will compliment or become the centre piece of the katana's overall theme.
These are some photo's of several different Menuki found on the Japanese katana that we offer.
The Menuki photo's come from katana available in our functional Japanese swords's section.
Now you know what the Menuki is, check out the rest of the parts that make up the legendary samurai sword.
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