The YAGYU School


The first Yagyu tsuba were made in the Empo to Genroku (1673-1704) period to the end of Edo period.

Basic Shape:

Most are one of the following five shapes: round, mokko, nadekaku, sumiirikaku-gata, or taiko-gata.


The shape is good though common for the middle Edo age.


Common shape.


At the center 5.0mm. The edge is usually a little thicker than the center and the web is slightly concave.


Most are either kakumimi koniku or sukinokoshi. The quality of the mimi is comparatively good.

Design Characteristics:

Many designs including kasumi chidori, ippon chiku, bamboo, well bucket, waves, wagon wheel, and others. These designs are in ubuzukashi and jisukashi with a simple but tasteful treatment.

Plate Metal:

Soft steel with good temper. The color is usually brown.


The creator of this school was Yagyu Toshikane. The designs he created were tasteful and original giving a fresh approach to the hackneyed subjects so common at this time.

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