Hamidashi tsuba with leafy scrolls


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    Hamidashi guard; covered (including the edge) with leafy scrolls in brass inlay, interrupted on each face by a chrysanthemoid badge in silver wire with brass border.

    Hamidashi (literally "squeezed out", like glue from a crack) is the name for a dagger guard of minimum size (looking, when mounted, as if squeezed out between handle and scabbard-mouth). Such guards usually have a full-size oval kozuka-hole which actually cuts into the edge of the metal, as here.

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