What is Shitodome Kanagu in Japanese Katana terminology?
The term "Shitodome Kanagu" (鵐目金具, しとどめかなぐ) refers to a specific type of metal fitting used on a Japanese sword. This fitting is used to decorate the edges of the holes, known as "Shitodome" (鵐目), through which the cord is threaded. The Shitodome Kanagu is typically adorned with a floral pattern at the mouthpiece. The intricate craftsmanship of this fitting can be appreciated when observed closely. This terminology is used to describe the specific characteristics of the sword's structure, contributing to its overall aesthetic and functional design.