Language: Japanese
Source: The Kashima sisters


Kusabi-hi (楔樋) literally means "wedge groove". It is the Japanese name for a peculiar type of grooves found on some spearheads.1



1. The Kashima Sisters; Grooves on swords and their meaning.

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The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.


Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no…


The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.

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A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.


Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.


A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.