Japanese Antique Samurai TSUBA Katana Sword Hilt. Tsuba is the hand guard mounted on a Japanese sword. It serves to keep the user's hand from sliding up onto the blade of the sword, to counterbalance the weight of the blade, to communicate the social standing, beliefs and tastes of its owner, and, to some degree, to protect the hand from an opponent's blade.Please refer to all pictures. We are willing to address the problem in any ways we can. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Tsuba". The seller is "ichigoichiemind" and is located in this country: JP. This item can be shipped worldwide.