Posted by Jason M. on 3/30/2022 to Learn About Swords
Continuing our look at the Parts and Terminology of the Japanese sword, today we have a look at the Kashira. What is the Kashira and what is its purpose? Below we will define and discuss the Kashira.
What is a Kashira?
The Kashira (Pronounced "Kah-Shee-Rah") is a metal piece, usually of iron, steel, brass, copper or silver at the end of the tsuka on a Japanese sword situated opposite of the Fuchi. Most Fuchi and Kashira are made as sets. A Kashira is pretty much what you would call a Pommel on a European sword. The Kashira is used to reinforce the wooden handle and hide the tsuka-ito wrap at the end. Some Kashira have a loop in them where the Ito is tied through, helping to keep everything very tight on the Tsuka. Some Kashira have decorations on them such as dragons, flowers, Etc. There is even a technique where the pommel can be used as a strike as the sword is drawn from the saya.
I hope this article helps you on your journey to learn more about swords. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them below. For more on swords and terminology, check out our sword glossary.