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Sword ornaments

Sword ornaments – an incorrect term often used in Czech language. These are always sword fittings, koshirae mounting. These parts of koshirae became decorative over time. Actually whole swords at the end of the Edo period and beginning of Meiji period were rather ornaments in the hands of the non-samurai class, but in principle, sword fittings, although decorative, are functional elements of the Japanese sword. And this is what they are, not ornaments.