Tsuka maki images

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Hinari maki in brown ito Hineri maki which is a basic style where both strands of the ito are twisted and folded at the crossover. This example is from a cilivian mounted katana. The tsuka is 26 cm (10 1/4") long.
Tsumami maki with an unusual ridges in cream ito Tsumami maki which is a fancy style where both strands of the ito are pinched at the crossover. This example has unusual ridges in a cream colored ito. This tsuka is on a shinto wakizashi signed gatsu. The tsuka is 14 cm (5 1/2") long.
Hineri maki on a very long tsuka Hineri maki which is a basic style where both strands of the ito are twisted at the crossover. This example is a very long tsuka with bats on menuki, fuchi and kashira. The tsuka is 30.3 cm (11 7/8") long.
Hira maki for katana Hira maki which is an old tachi style where both strands of the ito remain flat at the crossover. This is from a katana mounted in handachi mounts. The tsuka is 27.5 cm (10 3/4") long.
Tsumami maki in black ito Tsumami maki which is a fancy style where both strands of the ito are pinched at the crossover. The menuki has a naginata on the omote and a yari on the ura side of the tsuka. The tsuka is 24.5 cm (9 5/8") long.
Shingunto in the gold/brown ito Hineri maki which is a basic style where both strands of the ito are twisted at the crossover. This tsuka is from a shingunto (katana mounted for the army). This tsuka is 23 cm (9 1/4") long.
Tsumami maki for wakizashi in brown ito Tsumami maki which is a fancy style with both strands of ito are pinched at the crossover. This wakizashi tsuka has horse menuki and a brown ito. This tsuka is 16 cm (6 1/4") long.
Katate maki style as seen on a pattern 1944 shin gunto Katate maki which is a battle style that starts and ends with hineri maki and has one strand wrapped around the middle of the tsuka. This is the style used on some older katana and tachi and also on 1944 pattern Shingunto. This is a tsuka from a katana mounted in 1944 pattern army mounts with lacquered ito. This tsuka is 24.5 cm (9 5/8") long.
Tsumami maki for wakizashi in green ito Tsumami maki which is a fancy style where both strands of ito are pinched at crossover. This wakizashi tsuka has shishi fuchi-gashira with sea green ito. This tsuka is 15.4 cm (6") long.
Katate maki style as seen on a pattern 1944 shin gunto in green ito Katate maki which is a battle style that starts and ends with hineri maki and has one strand wrapped around the middle of the tsuka. This is the style used on some older katana and tachi and also on 1944 pattern Shingunto. This tsuka has a sea green ito. This tsuka is 27.4 cm (10 1/2") long.
Tsuka with Kanji Kanji on Inside of Tsuka

On the Left hand column one finds

Bishu Osafune Sukesada

On the Right Hand Column one finds

X X ju nen ni gatsu hi

At the bottom one finds

Ni shaku ichi sun yon bu

David McDonald
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