A tsuka is the handle or hilt of certain bladed weapons.

Historic Tsuka (OOC)

Hilts vary in their exact nature depending on the era, but generally consist of the same general idea, with the variation being in the components used and in the wrapping style. The obvious part of the hilt consists of a metal or wooden grip called a tsuka, which can also be used to refer to the entire hilt. The hand guard, or [[[Tsuba|tsuba]], on Japanese swords (except for certain twentieth century sabers which emulate Western navies') is small and round, made of metal, and often very ornate.

There is a pommel at the base known as a kashira, and there is often a decoration under the braided wrappings called a menuki.

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