Shitodome are found in the kurikata and kashira of many high quality koshirae. Their primary purpose is to prevent the tsukaito from fraying as it rubbed against the sharp edges of the hole in the kashira. They also serve to add a little bit of glitter to the kashira and kurikata.
Each shitodome is an exact handcrafted copy, in silver, of an original Japanese part. Shitodome are offered in either black or with a 24K gold plate finish. Black shitodome can be rubbed down to give an antique silver finish.
An addition to the range below, we can also offer handmade shitodome in 18 carat gold.