Mounting a Samurai Sword is a real art work; it is to painting an illustration, sculpting something beautiful or making a beautiful composure. Considering the several parts that must be mounted and the names they have, Katana has never been a simple made weapon that Samurai used to carry hanged to their belt; it is a whole designed piece which every part is in harmony with the rest of the team. And if each part has its role and its particular designation, Fuchi Kashira is not an exception. Actually, the name describes two pieces that are placed differently though mounted on the same item. They are associated and tightly related to each other because one completes the other and has to be in continuity with it in the infinite detail. Fuchi Kashira have almost the same shape, the same ornamentation and are qualified as twin. But there is a main detail that allows the distinction of the Fuchi from the Kashira and it is a determinant differentiation point indeed.
What is Fuchi Kashira?
Fuchi and Kashira are two pieces generally made of the same material and designed to look the same; they carry the same engravers if there is any
and they have the same patterns and ornamentation. They are placed on the Tsuka, the woody handle of the Katana and they have a protective role for the Tsuka against looseness since Tsuka holds the Katana Tang and that allows the blade to be easily controlled and handled by the user; if the Tsuba loosen then the Tang would be free to move and that affects the Tsuka and may break it. Fuchi is the piece that covers and supports the upper part of the Tsuka; Kashira covers and supports the lower part of the Tsuka. Obviously, Fuchi will be performed with a triangular hole that allow the blade through, and that is the main difference between the two pieces of the unit Fuchi Kashira. As in the case of Saya and Tsuka, which are made of the same piece of wood and on the same way, Fuchi and Kashira are made the same way with the distinction that basically, Fuchi is equipped by a hole that intended to fit the blade and allow it through; Kashira has a lateral hole that is visible from both sides that may serve to attach it on the Tsuka. Fuchi is therefore the piece that is in contact with the parts from the Blade side.
In simple words, Fuchi Kashira is the unit that limits the Tsuka, it is has to
be in continuity with the several ornamentation that the Tsuka may carry.
Fuchi Kashira Materials:
The basic shape of Fuchi Kashira is made of metal, generally Iron or alloys of soft metals. The pattern can be made of the same material as the basic shape and can be made of different material. Generally the pattern is made of shining metal to be visible when mounted on the katana, and that can be Gold, Silver, Copper, Brass or simply iron metal.
Fuchi Kashira Construction
The unit is handmade; the basic shape is prepared and tested on the Tsuka to fit the upper border and the lower order. The metal is forged up on the dimensions of the Tsuka to help it sustain its form and stand the vibrations that may receive from the Tang. The pattern is then constructed and it is prepared on double sample: one to attach to the Fuchi, on one side , because the piece’s face would be performed by the triangular hole that may let the blade through, and the other sample is to place on the face of Kashira. Making the patterns is an important process that involves the knowledge and the proficiency of the pattern maker. Also, it is important to notice the requirements of the demander and the factors included in the Sword making process and the mounting phase.
Fuchi Kashira: History
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