Re: [SCA-JML] Digest Number 1447
>Re: Of daggers and swords.Almost correct -as well as being used when a blade was made, shirasaya or plain wood mountings were used to hold a blade not in use, while a wooden blade (tsunagi ?) could be put in the fittings for display (don't just grab a sword off the wall and try to kill your host...).
>From: Ii Saburou
>Shirasaya (if you are thinking of the plain wood mountings) are supposed
>to be for swords that have not yet been mounted--it's a temporary mounting
>until the other fittings are put on. If you mean the 'disguised' katana
>that are supposed to look like bokuto or walking sticks, then I think
>that is an Edo or later practice.
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- On Thu, 3 Jun 2004, Aden Steinke wrote:
> Almost correct -as well as being used when a blade was made, shirasayaTrue--I was thinking of that as being 'not yet mounted' since the fittings
> or plain wood mountings were used to hold a blade not in use, while a
> wooden blade (tsunagi ?) could be put in the fittings for display (don't
> just grab a sword off the wall and try to kill your host...).
are removed, and haven't been put back on.
Another interesting note on the wooden or bamboo blades: Apparently, in
the Edo period, samurai who were down on their luck would occassionally
sell their swords. However, since they needed to maintain the appearance
of wearing two swords, they would get a wooden or bamboo replacement
(since it would rattle around inside the saya as though something were
actually there). Just hope you never had to get into a fight....