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Semegane are reinforcing bands on the saya to prevent the saya splitting. They can be made of a number of metals, early ones in iron others in bronze or copper alloys.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/Japanese-edo-period-samurai-sword-3772390771  an auction description and images of two iron ones.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/edo-yari-semegane-tsuba-katana-yoroi-172705105  a reinforcing band for a Yari

https://nihontoken.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/rare-nambokucho-saya-koshirae/p1090977-3/  Double semegane



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The above photo is the only saya of a true nihonto that I own with semegane. The only other saya I have with semegane is a on a Type 98 Shin Gunto. 


Here is a  close up of the gunto semegane:




This is how the semegane fits on the saya in relation to the ishizuke:



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