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Shinken Tsuka-Ito (wrap) Choices  Previous Item Next Item

The Tsuka Ito (handle wrap) is more than a decorative feature on a katana.  Everyone seems to have a different preference for Tsuka Ito material.  All have advantages and disadvantages.  We have listed a few of what we think are the top features of the different Tsuka Ito types.

Tsuka Ito Features  
Synthetic Leather
  • Low cost
  • Smooth feel
  • May feel slippery
  • High durability
Cotton
  • Low cost
  • Absorbent
  • Medium durability
Leather
  • Natural feel
  • Medium durability
Silk
  • Traditional tsuka ito
  • Smooth feel
  • High durability
  • Expensive
Suede
  • Very positive grip
  • Medium durability
Synthetic Suede
  • Very positive grip
  • Medium durability