長金物 Nagakanamono / Long Metal Fittings
What is Nagakanamono in Japanese Katana terminology?
This refers to a cylindrical decorative metal fitting that is inlaid into the scabbard (Saya) or handle (Tsuka) of a sword. The surface is often adorned with intricate openwork carvings (Sukashibori), and some are even embellished with gemstones. These fittings not only serve a functional purpose but also add aesthetic value to the sword, reflecting the craftsmanship and artistry involved in traditional Japanese sword-making.