Kinko Tsuba

Exceptional Swords and fittings

Passionate for quality, dedicated to the preservation of fine, exceptional Japanese swords and fittings whilst safeguarding these treasures for future generations.

Tsuba by Kanshiro Nishigaki


Goto Ichijo tsuba, from a design by Kano Tan'yu, dated 1856 Of oval form, carved in shishiaibori (sunken relief) with Hotei seated beneath an overhanging cliff, beside a rushing stream, the reverse with a broom and rolled makimono; inscribed and dated Sonkun no motome ni ojite Tan'yu hitsu (Painted by Tan'yu to the commission of a respected client), Ansei san tatsu uzuki Goto Hokkyo Ichijo with kao in the fourth month of the third, Dragon, year of Ansei [1856],

Goto Hokkyo Ichijo. 7.3cm


Fruit tree and bird tsuba Signed Naoyoshi with kao


Longevity Rats Tsuba


kinko Shakudo wave tsuba £770


Sakudo and Gold Dragon in clouds tsuba

Reference only

What I think may be a

Ishiguro Lilly tsuba?


Crane Tsuba


Copper Horse Tsuba



Hoho bird tsuba

Shakudo. Gold and copper.

the phoenix is identified as the Ho-ho (alternatively, ho-o) bird. As is common in east Asia, it is a sunbird … the sun is often represented in the art form of a bird. The ho-ho bird is a messenger of goodwill and sits on top of the torii.


Nara school Shakudo and Shibuichi Hotei and his sack with Gold inlays by Toshinaga £800

Goto Ho bird and kiri

with a dragon rim tsuba


Small Goto shakudo dragon tsuba


Black dragon tsuba in shakudo with gold eyes and gold ad silver sea spray


Mino Tsuba


Shakudo dragon in waves tsuba £550

Nanakoji Tsuba with gold mimi £750

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.


Average items will always be average, but exceptional will always be desired and cherished. It's all about the nanako :)