The habaki is very important for the sword, because it settles the blade
into the scabbard.
So it should be well fitting on the blade. Good shape is necessary.
The decoration on it is secondary.
This type is made of two pieces.
Dai-tsuki habaki (based style)
This is one type of double habaki. It has flat base at the bottom of habaki.
"dai-tsuki" means "based".
(The shape of blade is not a matter of habaki style.)
It has the special file work on the lower part of it.
This file mark is called "Yujo". It was a famous metal worker's name.
And "koshi" means lower part.
(silver) (gold foiled)
It was in a fashion in Kaga province. (Ishikawa prefecture)
The crossing deep grooves is its characteristic.
It was a style of the Kawagoe clan in Musashi province. (Kawagoe city in Saitama prefecture)
The horizontal notches are its characteristic.
It is common on tachi style mounts.
The shape is slim and neat.
(yamagane: un-refined copper)
Habaki of O-Kanehira (National treasure)
The design looks like rock.
A habaki style for ken blade
A decorative habaki in 18-19th century
The throat of habaki is very long.