The tsuba is an important part of a katana. Protecting the hand from attack was a very important aspect. But the tsuba has more purposes. This brought the katana into balance, a lighter or heavier tsuba ensures that the balance point is more forward or backward. Also, the tsuba kept your hand from sliding towards the cut in the heat of battle. The function was also related to the course of the history of the Samurai and their katana. In the Muromachi period (1333-1573) and the Momoyama period (1573-1603) there was fierce fighting in Japan between and the various noble families. Functionality was especially important during this period. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Japan entered an uninterrupted period of 256 years of peace. Then the tsuba also got another purpose, namely that of a status symbol. Now the Japanese sword tsuba became a beautiful work of art and went well beyond its practical use. What you saw now was that the Japanese katana worked as a weapon and as an object to show who he was. By means of the koshirae, including the tsuba, he was able to show personality and beliefs. There were many schools engaged in the manufacture of tsuba and various materials were used including shakudo, brass, bronze, iron, silver and gold. With us you can buy authentic Japanese tsuba which represent a beautiful piece of history.