This tsuba is ordered to your specifications (see instructions in the above diagrams) and will fit most bokken. Note: If intended for a non Kingfisher bokken, the blade section must have a continuous taper as the tsuba relies on a tight friction fit and requires that the blade gets thicker toward the tsuka (handle) in order to seat properly.
The leather used for this product is perfectly uniform and pre-stretched to form a strong, tight fit that adapts itself to any change in the weapon, whether from impact or humidity fluctuation. The leather is industrial grade, uniform, smooth and of the highest quality. It is produced by the sole US manufacturer of leather belting for machine tool drives. The tsuba is precisely wound, trimmed, dyed and polished to a deep red burgundy luster.
The Kingfisher leather tsuba, due to its custom nature and expense is recommended for specific situations as follows:
- Kingfisher Bokken of very high quality (grade L7 Hickory or better and special wood selections).
- In circumstances where utterly reliable hand protection is required.
- For non Kingfisher bokken of very high quality.
- In circumstances where it is impractical to send a bokken back to Kingfisher for the fitting of a bamboo tsuba. (Note: the leather tsuba can be sized and fitted without the bokken by following the directions below but in order to fit a bamboo tsuba, we must have the bokken here.)
Hi Brad I received the bokken and OH MY GOD, it is beautiful I almost don't want to use it, it looks so good. The jo and tanto are awesome too. One question on the bamboo tsuba, when I try to fit it, it got to 3/4 of the length of where it's supposed to be at the beginning of the tsuka. I didn't want to jam it in there forcefully, so is there a proper technique to install the tsuba? I'm assuming that I put an o-ring on each side of the tsuba. Makers response-Thanks so much! Both bamboo and leather tsuba are custom fit to individual bokken. They are intended to be a little snug at first however, they will seat into the transition ramp after a bit of use.