SAYA (theath)

The Saya is the Japanese word for the sheathe/scabbard of a Japanese Katana sword. Saya is where the sword is kept when it is not in use. It has a little rope that ties the piece to the warrior belt. Generally, the scabbard is made of lightweight material like wood and coated with lacquer on its exterior. Saya come in a wide variety of styles and colors and were traditionally made by a skilled artisan for a particular sword.

The Katana saya has a wooden knob as well or Kurikata. This is attached to the braided cord or Sageo. The scabbard is hand carved and sanded to fit the sword blade.