Saya Restoration Parts

Sword Terminology used for Saya parts.


Note:       Water Buffalo horn parts

have been used traditionally on Japanese Saya and only the most expensive swords were decorated with metal parts such as those displayed below.  The below parts are 'options' and are not part of any 'package'.  They can easily be added to any newly constructed Saya as per your request.  Individual prices available to written request or phone requests only.



Pictured below are KOJIRI which have traditionally protected the tip of a SAYA and more important, the tip of the blade.  In keeping with tradition, Kojiri are produced in black colored Steel. 

Our Kojiri are replica's of genuine Japanese KOJIRI and as such were made originally with an 'oval' shape (knowing where the cutting edge is) commonly associated with genuine antique Japanese swords.

KOJIRI are best fitted during new Saya construction. All measurements are approximate 'outside' dimensions. In addition to providing protection for the blade, metal Kojiri also add a touch of class normally found in Museum quality Koshirae.

K-02 (above)  is sized for Katana & Wakizashi...     K-03 is sized only for Tanto or small Wakizashi

        ______________________KOJIRI Price______________________


KURIKATA Metal Kurikata always upgrade Saya.  While a limited number of the below styles are available in polished black Steel, most are 'antique' Silver and available with & without Shitodome.


Although the majority of Kurikata are made of Water Buffalo Horn, many high quality civilian Wakizashi were fitted with metal Kurikata.

  <----< we have produced a few Kurikata with Shitodome togther as one piece which saves you, the buyer, the $80 cost of Shitodome when they are purchased separately.

Kurikata Prices






Metal bands for Saya

The above bands can be used to re-enforce split or otherwise damaged Saya. They are made of relatively thin Copper, Silver, Steel and or Bronze.   All measurements are 'outside' and their dimensions are 'as is' 'non adjustable'.    Horn Koiguchi  are also available.                 

 Koiguchi Prices


The 'BADGE' We do not know the name for the above item ( referred to as 'The BADGE'.) This part (another exclusive) is found on 'formal' unwrapped Tsuka. High grade Samegawa with large nodes was most often used when available. The purpose of the badge was to cover the hole (shitodome-ana) in the Kashira where Tsukaito would have normally passed through.

Available in polished Silver,blackened Silver or 24K Gold plated Silver.


Kozuka Hitsu

Again, we offer a metal Saya part that has not been available from any other source. This part straddles the front end of the Kozuka slot. The 'Bamboo' or the 'Crashing Wave' design are available in antiqued Silver (as above), black colored Silver or 24K Gold plated Silver. Water Buffalo horn Hitsu are available and like the metal parts, must also be hand fitted to the Saya.


Pole Arm tips

A Naginata pole end is the one to the far left (oval in shape)

Naginata poles are tipically oval in shape so that the 'user' knows where the cutting edge is... without looking,... whereas spears and most other pole arms were made for stabbing (poking, thrusting) and were equipped with round poles and round pole ends (the two on the right).


Water Buffalo horn  parts are traditional and cost considerably less than metal parts which accounts for their longtime popularity.


Note: Most domestic wood that is used by Saya makers has anywhere from 10 to 35% moisture (water)  content,  Japanese Honoki wood (imported) is aged and dried and preferred for Japanese swords as it insures that your steel blade will not rust from being in contact with it.

Unless otherwise requested, all Saya are traditionally mounted with Water Buffalo horn parts (Koiguchi, Kurikata and KOJIRI) and are covered with 3 coats of lacquer.


NOTE:   It is not possible to add metal KOJIRI to older Saya because old Saya shapes are generally different from most all Kojiri.  It is recommended that Kojiri be installed at the time of Saya construction as that is the time when the wood can be shaped to fit the metal parts.  More Information is available in the 'price list'.


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FRED LOHMAN - 3405 N.E. Broadway - Portland, OR  97232 - 1818

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