KOSHIRAE = mounts of the swords
(=> Actual examples of
=> Tachi koshirae
Han-dachi (Han-tachi) koshirae
It is half and half between tachi and katana. The primary style of it is
put into the waist sash cutting edge downward. It looks like a tachi that
replace hangers with kurikata. This style rarely appears in sword history.
The normal style of han-dachi is cutting edge upward, opposite to tachi
koshirae. It looks just a katana with tachi fittings.
Another han-dachi style mount. It still has hungers, but it is put into
the waist cutting edge upward. 18-19th century.
Katana (or Uchigatana) Koshirae
Full mount of uchigatana koshirae which is mounted for katana blades or
This type means a main sword on the waist of samurai.
=> sword mount 4
Sometimes the slots for kogai and kozuka are omitted.
=> sword mount 2
Usually, the kozuka slot and the round bottom of scabbard are necessary.
It is not just a short Katana mount. This type means a secondary sword
which paired with the longer main sword.
=> Making a Wakizashi koshirae
It is a pair with Katana and Wakizashi. The swords have to mounted in a
=> Making a Dai-Sho koshirae
Exceptional mounts for long sword
Katana koshirae for southpaw(?)
Rarely we can find a katana koshirae with kurikata on the reverse side.
It is almost same to normal katana koshirae except for the place of kurikata.
Such a koshirae might put cutting edge downward or specially designed for
This kind of mount appeared in the days that samurai age was ending.
In 19th century, the western army style was introduced into Japan. Some
lords changed their army to the western style. They designed a special
sword mount to accord with the new form. Kurikata is replaced with a metal
ring on the back, and the end of scabbard shaped narrow. Such sword was
put into the leather ring equipment on gun belt. Then such styled mount
became a fashion in the period.
Parts of a kind of koshirae, for tanto blades or small wakizashi blades.
This type means no tsuba.
It is normally for short blades like a tanto, and rarely for long blades
like a katana.
A simple Aikuchi koshirae.
Usually this is an amulet sword for ladies, but sometimes it can be used
by men as secret dagger.
This type has no kozuka slot. Because it is not put on waist, but on lady's
breast or in clothes. The kurikata can be omitted.
This is the base work of a scabbard, before the lacquer work.
The black parts are horn of buffalo.
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