Language: Japanese
Source: In common use


Shakudō (赤銅) is a Japanese alloy containing mainly gold and copper (typically 4–10% gold, 96–90% copper). After being worked to its final shape it is artificially patinated to form a dark, "raven black" patina with a silky gloss that resembles urushi lacquer work.


Shakudō kozuka

A shakudō by-knife handle called kozuka.
Listed at Mandarin Mansion in 2021.


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A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.


The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.

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A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.


A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.


Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.


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