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#1 IJASWORDS

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 06:37 AM

On a small percentage of '98 tsuba, there is an appendage that is a small loop of brass, that is always in the same place. I doubt it has anything to do with a locking mechanism as all the swords have a lock of some kind. The examples here have a push button lock, the other an Iida  lock. 

Can anyone help with identification? 

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#2 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 07:18 AM

I have always thought it was to loop the tassel through so it stays tidy.


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#3 David Flynn

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 08:01 AM

I doubt the crown section of the Tassel would fit through.


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Posted 17 December 2019 - 08:03 AM

John, That would be my thought too. A guy I know in the army told me the primary use of tassels wasn’t rank at the beginning, but to replace the loop of cavalry swords so that within a charge, the sword could not only stay within the hand and wasn’t twisted backwards by the momentum. So that could be it.

As for the crown section not going through, I’m sure there are ways to tie the tassel without the crown needing to go through this.
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#5 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 08:19 AM

The crown wouldn't need to pass through to tie it in the usual fashion. Perhaps Neil can try it and let us know.


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#6 IJASWORDS

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 08:52 AM

Yep, by passing the flat end of the tassel through the appendage, removing the satute, and knotting around sarute, then refit the sarute it works.  


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#7 Stephen

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 11:21 AM

My thoughts it's for a lanyard.
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Posted 17 December 2019 - 12:42 PM

For a clip around the hand if it has no tassel in combat? 



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Posted 17 December 2019 - 12:52 PM

Perhaps an anchor for a second form of securing the sword within the saya?
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Posted 17 December 2019 - 02:00 PM

I have a funny feeling that this has been discussed before, but alas I cannot remember where.


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Posted 17 December 2019 - 02:09 PM

I have a funny feeling that this has been discussed before, but alas I cannot remember where.

In the appendage section???  (I just LUV double entendres...)

 

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 03:00 PM

Actually, my first reply would have been :”I can’t help you with your appendage as I’m too busy with mine!” :D
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Posted 17 December 2019 - 07:14 PM

Could it have something to do with fixing foul weather covers for transportation?


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