Japanese swords, equipment, custom knives / weapons, and more. Our focus is supporting students of the sword and providing high quality functional swords and a full line of accessories. If you study iaido, battodo, kenjutsu, or any other form of Japanese swordsmanship - this is the place for you.
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Your Tsuka (Handle) can be rewrapped in silk, leather, or cotton. When re-wrapping the menuki can be replaced with your own, or you can purchase a new set from our selection of menuki. The wooden core and same' (ray skin) can also be replaced. New Fuchi / Kashira (fittings) can be used with a new core or an old core that has similar sized fittings. Feel free to supply the fittings or purchase a new set from our selection of Fuchi / Kashira. We focus on making the tsuka-ito tight and the sword functional. Please contact us to discuss different options. If the specific customization is not listed here, just contact to get a quote. We will also be glad to give you advice if you want to tackle the job yourself
Full replacement of you tsuka using existing fittings. If you want to replace the fittings, you will need to get Fuchi/Kashira and Menuki. Just select core replacement, same' replacement (full, panel with center nodes, panel) and wrap (cotton, silk, or leather). Tanto are often have full same' and no wrap.
A handle blank is split and then carved out to custom fit to the nakago. It is glued back together and the outside is carved to make the inner shape of the handle. The handle blank is fit to the fuchi and kashira. Ray skin (Same') may need to be replaced if there is none or the old pieces do not fit the new handle.
The Same' (Ray Skin) is added or replaced on a tsuka. Same' is a tough raw hide ray skin with a distinctive texture and positive grip. This may be needed if the handle is new or if it was originally made without same'. A full wrap handle has the same' wrapped completely around the core increasing the strength and integrity of the handle. Most handles have panel same' inserts. The same' is inlaid in the core in two strips on either side of the tsuka. This reduces the amount of ray skin used and makes a more economical solution. The center of the ray skin has larger nodules with a central "king" or "emperor" nodule. There is only one per skin, and using it increases the cost of the same' replacment.
Existing or replacement ray skin can be lacquered black or any other color to give a tsuka a different theme. This can only be done if a handle is being re-wrapped. We can custom mix any lacquer color. A wash of dye can also be used to show off the detail of the Ray skin.
Our focus is making the wrap as tight as possible to keep if functional as long as possible. You can choose from various colors of cotton, silk, or leather.
We offer a full line of training equipment and services. We are a one stop shop for your training and collecting needs. We offer training, sharpening, and repair in addition to a full line of iaito and shinken. Check out our DIY guides useful data on maintaining or upgrading your swords. Buy from a company that can do more than just ship you a sword.
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When one sword is just not enough - Nihonzashi
Sherry & Mike Femal,
Sherry and Mike started Nihonzashi in 2006 so their students of Toyama Ryu would have a consistent supply of uniforms, swords and tatami mats. We have enjoyed growing the business to what it is today and are proud to be known worldwide for our custom products and services. Sherry and Mike created and custom make all of the gekken swords we ship around the world. Also, Mike is fulfiling his dream of expanding his custom weapons to include knives. We look forward to what the future brings and what new creations are on the horizon.
5980 66th Street North, Suite M, St Petersburg, FL 33709
Monday — Friday
10:00am to 5:00pm