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Sageo and Tsuka colour
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Author:  andersao [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Sageo and Tsuka colour

In Yumoto's 'The Samurai Sword - A Handbook', the glossary definition of Sageo states:

"... usually made of silk. Its color ordinary matches that of the result of a cutting test"

Unfortunately, there is no elaboration on this point in the book, and I haven't been able to find one elsewhere. So, my question is, if the statement is true, what are the colours of a cutting test and what does each one denote?

I've heard of swords being defined by how many bodies they could cut through with one stroke, but I've never heard of that cutting ability being related to the colour of the sageo (and possibly tsuka as well when they match?).


Author:  jean [ Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sageo and Tsuka colour

It is very interesting, the first time I hear of this but I very doubt the "ordinary".

Most swords (IMO, more than 90%) were never tested, so much for the sageo colour matching the cutting test. This can be verified easily : How many swords out of 100 have a cutting test chiselled on the Nakago? :)

Author:  Stuart [ Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sageo and Tsuka colour

You have read part of the glossary entry for saidan-mei into the entry for sageo. They are next to each other in order.
"Sageo-The cord which passes through the kurigata. It is usually made of silk. It's colour ordinarily matches that of the hilt tape.
Saidan-mei-Inscriptions, usually on the tang, giving the result of a cutting test."

Author:  jean [ Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sageo and Tsuka colour

Well spotted John ;)

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