TSUKA-ITO

Tsukaito is used to wrap the tsuka (handle) of a Japanese sword. The tsuka ito wrap goes over the same (ray skin), and absorbs sweat and blood, providing a nonslip, comfortable grip for a barehanded user.

All our tsukaito are made in Japan from top quality Japanese silk or cotton dyed with the traditional vegetable dyes and woven using traditional kumihimo patterns and techniques.Most commonly wrapped in a hineri-maki (twists and turns) pattern the tsuka-ito may also be wrapped in a katate-maki special purpose pattern favored by samurai known as a “battle wrap”. An ornamental menuki would be woven in during the wrapping stage in the desired positions for the particular katana's purpose, you can choose the accessories that really suit you and create your custom sword.