People are serious about their swords. I was trying to show the swords and sword guards (tsuba) on view in Hambrecht to a friend the other day, but couldn’t quite reach the cases housing these finely crafted beauties. A group of hungry-eyed gentlemen hovered over them like vultures waiting for lunch—mouths open, staring. Although I tried, even my most effective derby moves weren’t enough to get the two of us close enough to see the displays. We ended up looking at the campaign coat until the men moved on to the next gallery and my friend and I were alone (at last) with the swords.
For the record, this is not the first time I haven’t been able to penetrate the large mass of enthralled on-lookers gawking at the swords and sword guards. They are impressive works of art, and people seem genuinely curious about, and humbled by, them. I heard one gentleman say repeatedly, “That blade is so sharp! That blade is so sharp!”
Luckily, you can make your own samurai sword and sword guard at home with a few simple materials. Click here to learn how.
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